Cat no. 896

No Lullaby for Broadland

Running time25:17 Colour Sound 1979 Norfolk Broads

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Anglia Television programme reporting on the problems of pollution and tourism on the Norfolk Broads, and how the natural environment might be better maintained.


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A series of contrasting commercial and natural scenes: a Hoseasons' advert, shots of Wroxham, cruiser traffic, tourist buses, views of polluted water and rubbish.

A brief history of the Broads is illustrated by actors in costume fishing and cutting reeds. An examination of the tourist industry features the Hoseasons' office, Victorian photographers, fowlers, naturalists, a steam train, tourist brochures, posters from the 1920s to the present, road traffic in Wroxham in the 1930s. There are excerpts from some cinema newsreels of the 1920s and 1930s.

Brian Moss, ecologist at the University of East Anglia, elaborates on the problem of pollution. Barton Broad is featured being cleared in the 1940s. James Hoseasons maintains that conservation and navigation can work together. Damage done by motor cruisers is explained by Peter Stevens, Director of Norfolk Naturalists Trust.

Broads wildlife including herons, spiders, a barn owl, swans, dragonflies, grass snakes and kingfishers. Ted Ellis, the naturalist, interviews farmer Charles Wharton. There are shots of the rare bittern, marsh harrier and swallowtail butterfly and how they are threatened by drainage programmes.

In Part 2 of the programme, there are more contrasting shots of nature and pollution, sewage and tourism. There are scenes of phosphate stripping and efforts to improve water quality.

At Great Yarmouth, there is a sequence featuring the land draining committee. A map shows the decline in water meadows. Desmond Truman of the Yarmouth port and haven commissioners talks about navigation and there are a series of interviews with members of the Broads Authority, and a discussion of various parliamentary acts.

Finally, there are interviews with ecologist Sir Frank Frazer Dowie and Christopher Hall, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. The film ends with views of the landscape and its wildlife.

Featured People:

Brian Moss, Ecologist; James Hoseasons; Peter Stevens, Director Norfolk Naturalists Trust; Dr. Martin George, Nature Conservancy Council; Ted Ellis, Naturalist; Charles Wharton, Farmer; Peter Owens, University of East Anglia; Alan Skinner, Anglian Water Authority; Desmond Truman, Yarmouth Port and Haven Commissioners; Sir Frank Fraser Dowie, Ecologist; Christopher Hall, Director Council for the Protection of Rural England

Featured Organisations:

Hoseasons; University of East Anglia; Norfolk Naturalists Trust; Nature Conservancy Council; Anglian Water Authority; Yarmouth Port and Haven Commissioners; Broads Authority; Council for the Protection of Rural England

Anglia Television

Geoffrey Weaver

Ian Craig

Denys Coppard

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