Granada Television: World in Action transcripts: Rhodesia, 1963

Scope and Content

Transcript of Granada Television 'World in Action' programme on the break up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, including interviews with Joshua Nkomo and Sir Roy Welensky.

Administrative / Biographical History

World in Action, produced by Granada Television, is one of Britain's longest running current affairs programmes. First launched in 1963, World in Action was the first weekly current affairs programme in Britain to pioneer pictorial journalism on film and to risk taking an independent editorial stance.
British settlement in Rhodesia began in the 1830s, and Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company assumed control in 1890s. Britain took over administration from the Company in 1923 and granted self-government to white colonists. Southern Rhodesia federated in 1953 with Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland with a view to achieving independence as a unified country. The Federation dissolved in 1963, and the three constituent countries pursued separate paths to independence. Britain rejected independence for the white Southern Rhodesia regime 1964, and the government unilaterally declared independence (UDI) in 1965 as Rhodesia. British colonial rule was briefly reimposed in 1979 in order to achieve a settlement, and independence was granted in 1980 under black majority rule as Zimbabwe.


single item

Access Information

Open although advance notice should be given.

Acquisition Information

The source of acquisition by ICS is not known

Other Finding Aids


Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for the purposes of research or private study. Copyright presumed belonging to Granada Television.

Related Material

ICS holds several related collections on Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, including the papers of Canon Leslie Gready (ICS 25), K V Manyonda (ICS 108), D D E Mutasa (ICS 91), Rodesia: Unilateral Declaration of Independence (ICS 83), Rhodesia: Constitutional Conference, 1979 (ICS 64), Rhodesia: Pearce Commission (ICS 60), Southern Rhodesia Legal Aid and Welfare Fund (ICS 107), Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Justice (ICS 53), Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Native Affairs (ICS 78).