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Second Russian Revolution

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 2RR
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full 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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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.

Finding aids:

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

Archival 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:

Allied Materials

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.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

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

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