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Independent Producers


Controversially started by the British Transport Commission in ’49, this doughty promotional documentary company produced numerous quaint short subjects, beloved of large men in short-sleeved shirts and inappropriate facial grooming, for the next 36 years. John Betjeman, John Schlesinger, Vaughan Williams and Michael Redgrave lent their talents to such mesmeric wonders as Farmer Moving South, I Am a Litter Basket, Let’s Go to Birmingham and melodic inter-city paean Overture One-Two-Five. And, to be fair, a shedload of purely functional tedium like Mechanical Rail Creep Adjuster, Croydon Food Production Centre and Planned Shunting With Tops.

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