What is British Pathé TV?

British Pathé, the world’s leading historical film archive, is behind British Pathé TV. It is an online, on-demand channel offering an extensive range of full-length documentaries, interviews and classic movies. It has been created as an alternative to the current mainstream broadcast channels and aims to appeal to specialist audiences, such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts.

British Pathé TV is a subscription-based service and is designed to complement the existing British Pathé newsreel archive (which will remain free-to-view on its separate website).

How do I subscribe?

Click here. You’ll be directed to enter your billing details and to choose a username and password. You’ll then enjoy a 30-day free trial, during which you may cancel at any time.

How do I cancel a subscription?

You can’t! Mwah ha ha hah.

No, you can really – and we’re very sorry to see you go! Do let us know if it’s something we’ve done. We’re always keen to get feedback from our viewers, both good and bad. Email it in to britishpathetv@britishpathe.com.

To cancel, make sure you’re logged in, click “My Account” in the top-right. Go to “Update account details” followed by “Cancel” under the section “Active Subscriptions”. Your subscription will remain active until the end of the billing period.

What is a Selection?

Selections are our way of grouping videos together according to theme. Think of them like YouTube or Spotify playlists created by us. You’ll find Selections such as Former Kings and Queens and World War 1. The content in Selections may straddle multiple Categories.

What is a Category?

Categories are our way of grouping videos together according to subject area. Think of them like sections of a bookshop. You’ll find Categories such as Military & War, Arts & Culture, or Classic Movies.

How do I watch the videos?

British Pathé TV is available to everyone, anywhere in the world. You can stream videos via the website on your laptop, tablet or mobile. All you need to do is subscribe. There is a 30-day free trial. (You can also see 3-minute previews of each video without subscribing.)

Where is your programming from?

British Pathé TV licenses third-party content from esteemed TV documentarians and DVD producers from around the globe. In addition, we have drawn on our own back catalogue of documentaries, presenting to you the very best releases from our 110 years of factual production. This includes high-profile collaborations with the best in the business, such as our co-productions with the BBC. The service also features original content created specially for British Pathé TV, such as Revolution In Colour.

Will new content be added over time?

Yes! British Pathé TV launched with hundreds of hours of programmes, many never-before-seen on TV, but we upload new and exciting content on a regular basis.

What is the difference between British Pathé TV and BritishPathe.com?

British Pathé TV is a subscription-based service featuring long-form documentaries and classic movies.

The British Pathé newsreel archive, on britishpathe.com, is free-to-view and features short-form newsreels and cinemagazines usually of about 3 minutes in duration.

How can I get in touch with you?

Don’t hesitate to email us: info@britishpathe.com

Or you can fill in our online form to request assistance.

The company also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn and YouTube.

How do I purchase a copy of a film?

Sorry, you can’t purchase a copy of a video to keep. Our service is entirely subscription-based, with no downloads to rent or own. We also can’t guarantee your favourite video will always be available due to licensing restrictions, so please enjoy it while you can!

What is your privacy policy?

Your rights and our obligations are set out here.

Can I use clips of these videos in my own projects?

You would require a licence. Please contact licensing@britishpathe.com to obtain one, if the rights are available.

Can I send you my documentary?

Yes, we will consider documentaries for featuring on British Pathé TV. Please send information about your film to info@britishpathe.com.

Where do I find information about the company and its history?

We’re glad you’re interested! We’ve provided a detailed history elsewhere on our main website.

Are there any jobs or work experience placements available?

We’re a very small company, so job opportunities don’t come up very often. But we’d be happy to keep your CV on file. Do note that we are not affiliated with the Pathé feature film company.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer work experience.

Can I visit the archive?

There isn’t much to see! Our collection is entirely digitised so everything is run by computer and our vaults are kept off-site.

I’ve written a script. Can I submit it to you?

British Pathé is an archive of newsreels and documentaries. Although we share the same founder, we are not affiliated with the Pathé feature film company and do not make movies.

How do you pronounce Pathé?

Not how our French founder would have done. Over the years, the company’s name has been anglicised and today we would say “PA-thay”.

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Browse by Selection

16 videos

Biographies(16 videos)

Chronicles the life and work of great historical and cultural figures
134 videos

British Pathé Originals(134 videos)

Programming made in-house, from vintage releases to brand new docs
7 videos

Former Kings & Queens(7 videos)

British royals before Elizabeth II
15 videos

Life of Elizabeth II(15 videos)

From the Queen's early years to her Diamond Jubilee
15 videos

The Seventies(15 videos)

Documentaries, news items and movies showing what the 1970s were like
22 videos

The Sixties(22 videos)

Political, social and cultural life during the Swinging Sixties
7 videos

World War 1(7 videos)

Documentaries and movies exploring the 1914-18 Great War
27 videos

World War 2(27 videos)

Documentaries and movies covering the events of the war and life at home

Browse by Category

22 videos

Arts & Culture(22 videos)

Cinema, theatre, literature, music and sport
38 videos

Classic Movies(38 videos)

A specially-curated selection of classic feature films
114 videos

History(114 videos)

Political, social and cultural history from ancient times to the 1990s
10 videos

How To(10 videos)

Instructional videos, vintage and modern, on a host of arts and crafts
20 videos

Military & War(20 videos)

The world at war and military machines of land, sea and air
74 videos

Railways(74 videos)

Historical overviews, cab rides and locomotive profiles - most never seen on TV
22 videos

Royalty(22 videos)

Queen Elizabeth II, British and European monarchies past and present