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  • 1960s

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Reference number: 0324

Date: 1966

Director: d. Ian Brock

Sponsor: Bank of Scotland

Production company: Grange Film Productions

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.05 mins

Description: Damaged bank notes are rendered useless and burned by the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Please note it is the first version (1966) that has been transferred to broadcast standard tape for access. The second version (1976) is available on non-broadcast copies only.

Additional documentation provided by HBOS Group Archives dates first version as 1966 with a new version 1975. It also notes the original version of 1966 was screened throughout the world, winning 6 Scottish and 7 International Awards, including a silver medal at Cannes.

Version Two features same format and sequence of events as Version 1, but up-dated to 1976. £5 notes used in place of £1 notes.

Commentary also varies very slightly in the two versions but follows same basic script. Background music is very different in the two versions - the 1966 version being quite formal, the 1976 version being more funky 'pop' music.

Credits: commentary Pat Hogg
sd. David Graham

[p. ass. Alex Roberts]

Shotlist: Shotlist is for Version One (1966)

Credits (0.21); Shot of notice outside Inland Revenue office (0.27); Scenes of a race course, bookies' stands and horses racing (0.41); Man lighting a cigar with £1 note (0.48); Exterior and then interior of a branch of the Bank of Scotland. Shots of teller's booth and money passing back and forth (1.40); Worn and ripped notes are bundled up and sealed. Shot of the head office building on the Mound in Edinburgh (1.49); Machine punches two holes in the bundles of notes. Notes checked and sealed in bundles of 1000 (2.31); Furnace in the basement. Five bank officials from Accounting, and the Director, Secretary and Governor arrive and a last minute random check is carried out. The furnace is fed with notes. [The men checking the notes are the Bank Inspectors (Internal Auditors). One of them (second from right) is John G Hunter] (6.07) Register is signed confirming the quantity and time taken to burn it (6.52); Shots of smoke rising from a chimney above the bank. View of Edinburgh (7.05)