British Universities Film & Video Council

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The One Show (15/11/2011)

The BUFVC provided some material for a TV interview with Dr Luke Mckernan of the British Library (and previously Head of Information at the BUFVC)) for the episode of The One Show broadcast on BBC1 on Tuesday 15 November. Gyles Brandreth presented an item looking at the case of Margaret Leahy, who won an early talent contest in the 1920s and as her prize had the opportunity to appear in a Hollywood movie opposite comedy legend Buster Keaton.

Luke McKernan explained the circumstances surrounding this little-known story with his trademark wit, expertise and wisdom. The material BUFVC supplied came from our Special Collections which include some of the Leahy family photo albums, including stills taken from the set of the Keaton comedy Three Ages, released in 1923, in which she eventually appeared.

Details of BUFVC Special Collections are available online here. Those interested in the original newsreel coverage at the time can research the stories at our News On Screen resource by clicking here:

You can watch that edition of The One Show on the BBC’s iPlayer for the next few days. It starts about 23 minutes as 23 seconds in and the link below should take you to just the right spot: BUFVC member subscribers can also access copies of the broadcast through TRILT and the BoB – Box of Broadcasts service.

Buster Keaton with family and friends in Hollywood (Margaret Leahy Collection).

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