Scottish independence: The story of oil as seen through BBC film

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The issue of North Sea oil has been a key talking point ahead of the Scottish independence referendum. But how did it earn its place in the debate? Here, we've delved into the BBC television archives to tell the story.

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Current Account, first broadcast on 25 April 1974

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In 1974, the Secretary of State for Scotland discussed whether North Sea oil should be nationalised

Panorama in Scotland: Should Auld Acquaintance...?, first broadcast 13 May 1974

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Alan Watson looks at how the discovery of oil beneath the North Sea has revolutionised the economics of the United Kingdom and the politics of Scotland

Panorama in Scotland: Should Auld Acquaintance...?, first broadcast 13 May 1974

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Alan Watson asks Scottish Nationalist Party MP Gordon Wilson what claim Scotland has over oil discovered beneath the North Sea

Panorama in Scotland: Should Auld Acquaintance...?, first broadcast 13 May 1974

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The discovery of reserves of oil beneath the North Sea off the coast of Scotland has raised concerns among affected communities

Election Panorama, first broadcast 7 October 1974

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How oil discovered off the coast of Scotland has fuelled the ambitions of the Scottish National Party

BBC News, first broadcast 18 June 1975

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Energy Secretary Tony Benn marks the first delivery to shore from UK oil fields

BBC News, first broadcast 3 November 1975

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Queen Elizabeth II opens the UK's first oil pipeline at BP's operational headquarters outside Aberdeen

Panorama Special: Coming Apart? The Devolution Debate part 1, first broadcast 17 November 1975

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David Dimbleby reports on how the discovery of oil beneath the North Sea changed the dynamic of the debate over Scottish independence

BBC News, first broadcast 14 February 1976

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The Chairman of the Scottish Labour party states that North Sea oil is British, not Scottish

Schools Around Scotland: Aberdeen Lives, first broadcast 5 November 1986

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The process of oil extraction from the North Sea fields