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1964 - 1969
Cinemagazine - Government
Calendar, previously British Calendar until issue No. 99, was a black and white 13-minute ‘cine-magazine for television’ that was issued on a weekly/fortnightly basis. The format consisted of about seven topical stories and was generally more political in its scope than the other cinemagazine produced by the Central Office of Information. However, some issues were a single items, such as Calendar No.105 on British Universities and sometimes these were in colour. Initially the production company for the series was British Movietonenews Ltd but certainly from Issue No.124 [1965] the contract had passed to Kay (West End) Laboratories Ltd.

Calendar was sponsored by the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Foreign Office. It was distributed to the United States of America, the Commonwealth and Latin America, as Telerama Britanico. It was therefore produced in three languages: English, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Occasionally the version for the United States would differ from the Commonwealth one, in terms of the stories used and their placement. The suffix A usually identifies the versions for the United States. The edition for the United States and Canada stopped in 1967 when it was replaced by London Line (Colour series 2) although it certainly seems to have continued in Australia until 1969.
The data for this series has been compiled from existing production files [INF 6] and COI monthly divisional reports [INF 8] held at The National Archives, COI index cards at Film Images and existing copies Calendar held at the BFI National Archive. There is no record of the actual release date, in terms of day and month, for issues of Calendar. Where there is a month and year mentioned, this comes from the completion date mentioned in either the production documents, the date which the show copy was approved or the COI monthly division reports for the period. The year release date has been calculated from these.
Other Information
See separate entry on British Calendar

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Film Archive

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The BFI National Archive also preserves the original nitrate film copies of British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Empire News Bulletin, Gaumont British News, Gaumont Graphic, Gaumont Sound News and Universal News (the World War II years are covered by the Imperial War Museum).
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