Second Russian Revolution

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

No information available at present.


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

Access Information

Apply to Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

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

Alternative Form Available

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

Archivist's Note

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

Separated Material

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright resides with the BBC.

Custodial 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.

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 .