Charley says look what the welfare state can do for you
September 2, 2013 11:42 AM Subscribe
The "Charley" films were produced in 1946 - 1947 and released from 1948
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. There were eight films in total, looking at the new towns, schooling, the National Health, building up exports and working for heavy industry. Charley had his own chirpy theme tune, and opening titles, in which he would ride across the screen on his bicycle, writing out his name. And each film was billed as being part of an ongoing series, so you knew there were others to view and learn from.
Several of the Charley movies are available on Youtube:
Charley in the New Towns
(Urban Planning (previously
Charley in "Your Very Good Health"
(National Health System)
Charley's March of Time
Charley Junior's Schooldays
(reform of the school system)
The others were Charley in the New Schools, Charley in the New Mines / Charley's Black Magic, Robinson Charley and Farmer Charley, all produced by John Halas and Joy Batchelor
for the Central Office of Information, which was founded in 1946 and dissolved by the ConDem coalition in 2012. More of its public information films are available at the British National Archives