The Captured Years

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started21st Sep 1970
ended22nd Mar 1971
last rpt21st Mar 1975
5 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️HistorySocial History
age rangeAge 14+Age 13-16
languageenIn English

The Captured Years is an ITV schools TV series from the 1970s, covering Social History for secondary school pupils.

A documentary series using original newsreel and documentary film, photographs and cinema films to show how people's lives have changes during the Twentieth Century.

This included some use of historical reconstructions in feature films, and the first episode set out the potential dangers of using film for historical research, if you don't know its context. Although there were episodes looking at the rise of trades unions (Who's the Boss?) and the influence of government in people's everyday lives (The Controllers), the series focussed entirely on economic and social history, and did not seek to cover political history at all.

The series was made in colour, and still exists complete in Granada TV's archives, but obviously because of the nature of the old film and photographs used a lot of it was actually in black and white.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. In the Picture #1970-09-21-00-00-0021 Sep 1970
2. Family Portraits #1970-09-28-00-00-0028 Sep 1970
3. Working Lives 1 #1970-10-05-00-00-005 Oct 1970
4. Working Lives 2 #1970-10-12-00-00-0012 Oct 1970
5. Women! #1970-10-19-00-00-0019 Oct 1970
6. High Street #1970-11-02-00-00-002 Nov 1970
7. Getting Around #1970-11-09-00-00-009 Nov 1970
8. Time to Spare #1970-11-16-00-00-0016 Nov 1970
9. Putting It Across 1 #1970-11-23-00-00-0023 Nov 1970
10. Putting It Across 2 #1970-11-30-00-00-0030 Nov 1970
11. Country Life #1971-01-11-00-00-0011 Jan 1971*
12. The Crowded City #1971-01-18-00-00-0018 Jan 1971
13. Message from America #1971-01-25-00-00-0025 Jan 1971
14. Out of War... #1971-02-01-00-00-001 Feb 1971
15. Who's the Boss? #1971-02-08-00-00-008 Feb 1971
16. The Controllers #1971-02-15-00-00-0015 Feb 1971
17. Off-Shore Island #1971-03-01-00-00-001 Mar 1971
18. The Young and the Old #1971-03-08-00-00-008 Mar 1971
19. Believe It or Not? #1971-03-15-00-00-0015 Mar 1971
20. Facing the Future #1971-03-22-00-00-0022 Mar 1971
  • Country Life was first broadcast as an Out of School preview programme on ITV at 12:16pm on Wednesday 30th December 1970


Year Term Day Time Channel Dates Details
1970-71 Autumn 1970 & Spring 1971 Mon 14:00 ITV 21 Sep to 30 Nov (rpt of ep5 on 26 Oct)
11 Jan to 22 Mar (rpt of ep16 on 22 Feb)
Thu 11:40 ITV 24 Sep to 3 Dec (rpt of ep5 on 29 Oct)
14 Jan to 25 Mar (rpt of ep16 on 25 Feb)

1971-72 Autumn 1971 & Spring 1972 Mon 14:00 ITV 20 Sep to 29 Nov (rpt of ep5 on 25 Oct)
10 Jan to 20 Mar (rpt of ep0 on 21 Feb)
Thu 11:40 ITV 23 Sep to 2 Dec (rpt of ep5 on 28 Oct)
13 Jan to 23 Mar (rpt of ep16 on 24 Feb)

1974-75 Spring 1975 Mon 11:40 ITV 13 Jan to 17 Mar
Fri 09:48 ITV 17 Jan to 21 Mar Repeat


Narrator Brian Trueman
Original treatment Robin Reeve
Film research Graham Murray
Film editor Fred Massey
Dubbing mixer Frank Griffiths
Producer Julia Spark



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