I've just watched the 63' program on you tube, thanks for the head up
I was 13 in 63' I remember it well, Mam died on 20th Jan
A couple of memories of mine.
The crates of school milk with the foil tops all popped up by the frozen milk, just like the shot in the program.
And lines of kids in the playground (inner city school, no playing fields) polishing the ice with our shoes to make long slides,
the playground was sloping down towards the back of the church, probably about the length of a football pitch,
and we would have about three parralel slides all the way from top to bottom, you had to get as much speed as you could running up to the start and away you went,
if you were unlucky one of the older lads who could get more speed up than you would flatten you one the way down
My dad has a brilliant story about playing ice hockey on a frozen canal, which a scientist had been and measured or something, and found it to be completely frozen. They also tried to race their bikes on the ice.
Back to doumentaries - I've had a go at writing an outline for a historic motorsport film of my own, and one of the reasons we would need "talent" is that there aren't that many usable films of the person I was writing about, so we'd need to create some dynamic sections with a driver, which would then need someone explaining various facts and other things to make it even vaguely appealing to anyone other than a motorsport historian (or a feminist historian, in the case of my subject).
I could do some of the turns in front of the camera - I have training in public speaking, and stage experience - but then there would need to be some explanation of who I was and why I was relevant, hence getting a known face in. It is a smaller risk. (Plus I don't want my hairstyle choices, writing or views being the subject of the horrific vitriol that the likes of Mary Beard have received.)
With a known face comes a certain set of expectations, and the formula of "known face learning to do something they aren't known for" is very, very sellable at the moment.