BBC Entertainment Productions North is currently looking for people with stories, photos, diaries or memories of the 20th century that they would like to share for a brand new series for BBC Two Daytime, The Reel History Of Britain, to be fronted by Melvyn Bragg. Using the film collections of the British Film Institute and regional film archives, The Reel History Of Britain will use social documentaries, tourist information films, newsreels, and government propaganda films to focus on different aspects of British life from the 1900s onwards, and trace the descendents of those featured in the films.
If you have a story you would like to share, please call the team on 0161 244 3289, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Reel History of Britain, Room 4061, BBC Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 1SJ.
A case of Scottish whisky, one of five found buried beneath a hut used by explorer Ernest Shackleton during his unsuccessful expedition to reach the South Pole between 1907 and 1909, has been returned to Scotland. The cases were found last year and have been carefully thawed by museum officials in New Zealand; the Scotch will now be analysed by experts at distillers Whyte and Mackay before eventually being returned to the hut where all five cases have lain for more than 100 years.