GUID NEW YEAR, a

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Hogmanay as 1957 turns into 1958 - everyone cheers and celebrates the raising of the 'Sputnik' at Trongate, Glasgow (clip)

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Music

Genres:

  • Television entertainment

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: GUID NEW YEAR, a

Reference number: T0655

Date: 1957 / 1958

Director: d. Gordon Arnold d. Lorne Freed d. James Sutherland

Producer: Rai Purdy

Production company: Scottish Television

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 35.54 mins

Description: Hogmanay 1957 in Glasgow, with views of celebrating crowds and entertainers at Glasgow Cross, and dance, singing and comedy in studio. The programme moves between interviews of participants such as the bell ringer, and local residents, festivities and a review of the year's news events. [STV's first ever Hogmanay broadcast]

See shotlist at 29.54 mins: the firework raised up to the top of the Tron steeple is ‘Sputnik’ - in honour of the satellite launched in October 1957.

Lorne Freed, noted as director in this film, was also the original Producer/Director of the popular "One O'Clock Gang" 1957/1958 on STV, and the youngest Producer/Director in the UK at that time (21).

See also STV website for eleven minute version of this film at http://video.stv.tv/bc/scotland-music-20080530-scottish-televisions-first-ever-hogmanay-show-happy-1958!-roo-smg178/

Credits: sc. John Watson
m.p. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir; The Inverscotia Singers; Bobby McLeod and his Band; Jimmy Blair and his Orchestra & Desmond Lane
cast The Country Dancers; Mike Winters & Bernie Winters
interv. comm. s. Jack House, Larry Marshall

Shotlist: Crowd shots at Glasgow Cross with ocs superimposed (0.32); Rai Purdy introduces the programme from the control room at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow (1.13); General shots of the party in the studio with shots of the dancers (1.20); Rai Purdy in the control room (1.46); Pan over crowd at Piccadilly Circus (2.03); Rai Purdy in the control room (2.19); Shots of crowds gathering at Glasgow Cross (2.45); Larry Marshall interview with Jack House at Glasgow Cross (2.56); Shot looking down on crowd and policeman directing traffic (3.17); Rai Purdy in control room (3.20); Phoenix Choir sing "100 Pipers" in the studio (5.02); Rai Purdy in control room (5.42); Montage of 1957's news stories, including: ships on the Suez Canal; the Queen and Prince Philip touring Lisbon and Canada; unid. man [politician?] is slapped by another unid. man; student riots at Little Rock, USA; riots in Cyprus; Ghanaian leader [Kwame Nkrumah?] delivering speech; Lewisham train crash; bodies being carried from Kanes Colliery in Newkirk after pit disaster (8.04); shots failed rocket launch; technicians working in control rooms; still of Laika (8.40); Rai Purdy in control room (8.59); Close-up of the clock at Glasgow Cross and shots of the crowds (9.16); Larry Marshall interviewing Miss Jessie Herbert, the official bell-ringer; she mentions the responsibility has been with her family since 1830 (10.55); Crowd shots and close-up of Jimmy Reid and Walter Jackson performing with an accordion band, on a scaffolding platform above the Clan MacRae Pipe Band; a tram passes (12.13); Studio party; company dances the "Dashing White Sergeant" (14.35): Rai Purdy in control room (15.00); comedians Mike and Bernie Winters in the studio; shots of Desmond Lane leading the studio in singing "Alexander's Rag-time Band" (18.29); Crowd shots; Iv Jack House with ex-Inspector Crow of the Glasgow police (20.10); Close-up of the clock at Glasgow Cross (20.32); Rai Purdy in control room (20.54); studio; dance set to Puirt a beul (22.15); Crowd shots at Glasgow Cross and Larry Marshall interviewing Mrs Carroll, a local tenant (23.41); Close-up of the clock at Glasgow Cross (23.51); Rai Purdy in control room (24.36); Choir singing "The Lord's My Shepherd" (26.29); Crowd shots at Glasgow Cross and close-ups of same; crowd sing "I Belong to Glasgow"; (28.39) Jack House and Larry Marshall commentating with close-ups of the crowds; House and Marshall encourage the crowd to sing, "We're No Awa' tae Bide Awa'" (29.54); Fireworks are raised to the top of the tower [the firework raised up to the top of the Tron steeple is ‘Sputnik’ - in honour of the satellite launched in October 1957]; fireworks light up the date: "1958"; General shots of crowds, who sing "Auld Lang Syne" (30.25); General shots of the party in the studio with singing and dancing, intercut with views of crowds outside (34.40); Rai Purdy in control room (34.51); Studio party with credits superimposed (35.54).