Eleven years ago, when I was at Politico's, I produced a three hour video of Party Political Broadcasts. Incredibly, it became a bit of a cult hit and sold more than 6,000 copies. It even made the 'And Finally' slot on News at Ten. We wanted to call it THERE NOW FOLLOWS but we then got a letter from some idiot BBC lawyer telling us it would be breaching their copyright, as they had made a documentary a decade earlieer with that title. So we called it simply PARTY POLITICAL BROADCASTS: THE GREATEST HITS.
Tonight, Hanover Communications are sponsoring an event at the BFI which I hope to attend, which celebrates 75 years of PPBs. David Dimbleby is hosting a panel discussion I believe. You can watch an amusing 30 second trailer HERE.
A few years ago I planned to turn the video into a DVD and add some more recent PPBs, but one of the parties wouldn't give copyright permission so it never happened. However, I think I'm going to revisit the issue and see if I can't make it happen now.
Watch this space. But if we did do it, which PPBs since 1997 should we include?
UPDATE: Do visit THIS site run by Sheffield University. It has loads of PPBs on video from 1951-64.