Cat no. 206000

Focus On: Bedford

Running time25:30 Black & White Sound 1966 Bedford, Bedfordshire

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Anglia Television programme looking at life in the county town of Bedford.

Genre:

DocumentaryTelevision

In the 'modern, busy and boisterous' town of Bedford, one in every nine members of the population is an immigrant. Many of these individuals and families who came to Britain to build a new, more prosperous and happier life, settled in Bedford as 'accidental citizens' because that was where the work was available.

The programme traces the fortunes of Bedford's large Italian community, focussing in particular on the Conte family, who moved to Britain over ten years ago with two young children. Through the Conte family - who have had two more children since emigrating - we experience Bedford's Italian community, including the home comforts of continental stores and the Italian Mission Church of Father Vico, as well as the Britannia Steel & Iron Works, who employ Mr Conte and his two eldest children, and the Circolo Italiano club who provide evening entertainment. The film covers the positive experiences of immigrant life in Bedfordshire, as well as its disadvantages, canvassing the opinions of many Italian residents. And despite its recent reputation for 'vice' (blamed partly on the non-European immigrants), Bedford is presented as a cosmopolitan town.

Featured People:

Antonio Conte; Mrs. Conte; Bruno Conte; Gisella Conte; Luciano Conte; Antonio Conte Jr.; Father Alberto Vico

Featured Organisations:

Britannia Iron & Steel Works

Featured Buildings:

Italian Mission Church (now Italian Church of St Francesca Cabrini); Cicolo Italiano Leonardo da Vinci, Bedford

Anglia Television

Harry Aldous

Ken Little

Tony Archer

Alec Wilson

Derek Rye

Michael Partington

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