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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Second Russian Revolution


Reference code(s): GB 0097 2RR

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Second Russian Revolution

Date(s): 1989-1991

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 22 boxes

Name of creator(s): Brian Lapping Associates Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

No information available at present.


Scope and content/abstract:

Material relating to the documentary film series The Second Russian Revolution, 1989-1991, concerning the collapse of Communism and the policy of Glasnost pursued by the Communist party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s, made by Brian Lapping Associates Ltd and broadcast in May-Jul 1991, including original research interviews, interview transcripts, post-production transcripts, and audio tapes of interviews with leading personalities in the USSR; 7 VHS videotapes of the completed series of programmes; a series of 8 final programme scripts for the finalised and televised programmes; and an official press release package for the series. The collection also includes a VHS videotape [and transcripts] of two additional programmes entitled 'Countdown to Coup' and 'Coup', which were shown in Nov 1991 as an update to the events of 'The Second Russian Revolution'. The interviews include discussions with Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. The producer of the series was Norma Percy, and the director was Mark Anderson.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The material is divided into sections as follows: original research interviews, interviews, post-production interviews, audio tapes, videotapes, programme scripts and press material.

Conditions governing access:

Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright resides with the BBC.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Unbound handlist in the BLPES Archives Reading Room; available via BLPES Archives on-line catalogue.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Given by the BBC Contemporary Archives Unit and Brian Lapping Associates Ltd, via Paul Mitchell, 1991. A second accession of material relating to two additional programmes was given in the same year.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

There are microfilm copies of the transcripts in Files 1-12 (Ref: Archives MF 397-400).

Related material:

BLPES holds material relating to other programmes created by Brian Lapping Associates, namely The Washington Version (Ref: Washington), The Seventies, and Woolly Al walks the Kitty Back (Ref: Falklands), and by Brook Associates, namely The Last Europeans (Ref: Last Europeans) and The Thatcher Factor.

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, holds material relating to documentaries made by Brian Lapping Associates, namely Woolly Al walks the kitty back, The Washington version, The fall of the wall, The Death of Yugoslavia, and The 50 Years' War: Israel and the Arabs.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison for the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000

Communism | Collectivism | Political doctrines
Glasnost | Government policy | Government
Television programmes | Television | Broadcasting

Personal names
Anderson | Mark | fl 1989-1991 | television director
Gorbachev | Mikhail Sergeyevich | b 1931 | President of the Soviet Union
Percy | Norma | fl 1989-1991 | television producer
Yeltsin | Boris Nikoleyavich | b 1931 | President of the Russian Federation

Corporate names
Brian Lapping Associates Ltd x Brook Associates Ltd x Brook Productions Ltd x Brook Lapping Productions Ltd
Communist Party

Russia | Eastern Europe
USSR | Eastern Europe
Crimea x Krym