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Documentary: A YEAR TO REMEMBER: 1962 - 96365

A YEAR TO REMEMBER: 1962 - 96365

A Year To Remember, the classic series that recalls the definitive events of the fifties and sixties, compiles contemporary news coverage drawn from the world-famous British Path’e archive. Pathe’ news set the standard for cinematic journalism, keeping audiences both informed and entertained for the better part of a century. This programme does the same for a new generation and details not only the major political issues that dominated the day, but also key social changes and cultural trends. This hour-long episode chronicles that remarkable year, 1962.

This was the year in which the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. But as much as this affair dominated the news, there were other important international events too, with Uganda and Algeria winning their independence.

In Britain, the Conservatives seemed to run out of steam. Macmillan’s health started to fail, the Cabinet seemed ineffectual, and internal wranglings plagued the day-to-day running of the government. The Party’s popularity in the country declined steadily and a sluggish economy helped to make the situation worse. But there was cause for celebration on the technological front, with Pathe’ News reporting on a new project to build an airliner that could reach America in three hours – a project that would eventually give birth to Concorde.

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