The year's most important news stories, as decided by editors of national newspapers.
Title reads: "Review of the Year 1946".
Various shots of editors of the national daily newspapers attend a luncheon held by Pathe to select the outstanding news items of the year. The editors are: Arthur Christiansen (Daily Express), Charles Eade (Sunday Dispatch), A. L. Cranfield (London Star), T. W. Hutton (Birmingham Post), Gerald Barry (News Chronicle), W. R. Richardson (Reynolds), Harry Ainsworth (The People), Roland Thornton (Daily Graphic), Hugh Cudlipp (Sunday Pictorial), Percy Cudlipp (Daily Herald) and Pathe's producer-in-chief Howard Thomas. List of news stories was drawn up by News Editor Clement Cave.
The items picked by the newspaper moguls are:
Victory Parade: Various shots showing Royal Family watching parade of bagpipers, Commonwealth troops, Wrens, WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) and British army soldiers marching.
Cup Final: King George VI watches Derby County beat Charlton Athletic. Annual boat race on River Thames: Various shots of Oxford University rowing eight beating Cambridge University. Cowal Gathering in Scotland: traditional Highland dancing, tossing the caber. Tennis finals at Wimbledon: Various shots of Yvon Petra winning men's finals, he leaps over net. Various shots of Princess Elizabeth becoming a bard in traditional druidic ceremony held in Wales. Various shots of test cricket match, we see Don Bradman bowling. Various shots of 1946 Derby at Epsom Race Course, horse named "Airborne" is winner.
Various shots of mass keep-fit class for women in large hall, women wear uniform of black gym knickers and white shirts. National Health Bill: M/S of Labour's Dr. Haden Guest announcing end of doctor's bills. Bread rationing: Various shots of baker delivering puny loaves of bread to housewives' front doors. Various shots of people squatting empty hotels and luxury apartments, protesting against lack of housing.
Various shots of ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth" leaving Southampton having just has a complete refit. During the war the ship was used as a troop carrier.
More shots of newspaper editors having lunch, they are looking through photographs of celebrities prominent in 1946. Various shots of personalities of the year picked by the editors: George Bernard Shaw, Food Minister John Strachey, John L. Lewis (American miners' leader), marathon runner Sidney Wooderson, record breaking walker Bert Couzens, America's Glamour Girls (The Goldwyn Girls) and Miss Unity (the new panda at London zoo). Various shots of boxer Bruce Woodcock at end of fight. C/U of Bob Hope sharing joke with Jean Hersholt. Various shots of comedian Tommy Handley and the ITMA gang. Various shots of world leaders and politicians: President Harry Truman of USA, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin (voted man of year by editors!)
More shots of newspaper editors at lunch smoking cigars and discussing year's international events. Various shots of rescue party of mountaineers climbing Alps in Switzerland to get to survivors of crashed aeroplane. Various shots of British troops in Palestine (Israel). Various shots of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru in India. Various shots of piles of grain. Various shots of starving and malnourished people in German hospital. M/S of angry crowds on street in Germany.
Various shots of UNO (United Nations Organisation) meeting. Various shots of Nuremberg Trials: prominent Nazi leaders in dock accused of war crimes. Various shots of atomic bomb explosions and mushroom clouds.