A Cov-centric evening of archival civic TV footage of our Ghost Town. These Cathedral screenings are FREE.
Working to digitize and restore extant programming, much of which hasn’t been seen since its original broadcast. Highlights include the documentary Coventry Kids: People of a Restless City (BBC, 1960), Philip Donnellan’s lyrical documentary about a multi-cultural postwar Coventry, About Religion: The New Coventry Plays No. 1: ‘This is the End’ (ITV/ATV, 1962), the first of a series of modern religious plays written especially for the new Coventry Cathedral, and Arena: Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2–Tone (BBC2, 1980) an investigation of the pop music genre at the heart of Coventry’s music scene in the 1980s, produced by Alan Yentob for BBC Bristol. ‘This is the End’ was written by Ken Taylor with a musical score by John Barry, and was performed as an outside broadcast from the porch of the brand new Coventry Cathedral.
In partnership with Warwick University co-curated with CTHHMR Associate Fellow Chris Perry (Kaleidoscope) and the Media Archive of Central England.