Gardens of the National Trust – Volume 3
A journey through some of the National Trust’s huge collection of gardens. Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, the featured gardens include: Stowe Landscape Garden, Buckinghamshire; Rowal Lane, County Down; Blickling Hall, Norfolk; Powis Castle, Wales; Hinton Ampner Garden, Hampshire and Stourhead in Wiltshire.
Alan Titchmarsh visits eight of England’s lesser-known gardens. The small gardens on display include: Hestercombe House in Gloucestershire; Brook Cottage in Oxfordshire; Cobblers on the Kent/Sussex border; the Kensington Roof Garden; Calke Abbey’s kitchen gardens; and the Salcombe estuary estate.
Treasure Gardens of England
Alan Titchmarsh takes the viewer on a tour of ten historic English houses: Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire; Chatsworth in Derbyshire; Harewood House in Yorkshire; Castle Howard; the Beaulieu Estate in Hampshire; Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire; Warwick Castle; Wilton House; Leeds Castle in Kent; and Longleat in Wiltshire.
Variety Acts and Turns of the Late 1930s
By the late 1930s, Pathé had refined its way of filming performers by mixing in evocative filmed locations such as London, Port Talbot, Ireland, Scotland and even the Queen Mary. Pathé also filmed real workers who became professional singers and miners who trained to be a team of high-wire walkers! Sit back and enjoy this time capsule celebration of a long-lost classic era of British variety!
The Agatha Christie Code
What makes Agatha Christie such a successful writer? On the 75th anniversary of the creation of her immortal character Miss Marple, this documentary introduces viewers to new fields of scientific inquiry using sophisticated computer analyses of Christie’s every written word, her sentence structure, story arcs, poisons used, red herrings, clues and more.
Icons of Our Time – Marilyn Monroe
Actress, model and singer Marilyn Monroe was the original blonde bombshell who found international success in motion pictures during the 1950s. In this episode, we meet the photographer Elliot Erwitt, who took the classic “Seven Year Itch” image, and Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson who worked with Marilyn on “The Misfits”.
Icons of Our Time – Anne Frank
Anne Frank is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl”, has been the basis of several plays and films, and is an inspiration to young people. In this episode, we meet Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s step-sister, and visit the Anne Frank museum.
The Story of British Pathé – The Birth of the News
For more than half a century, the film and newsreel company British Pathé documented almost every aspect of everyday life in Britain and around the world. Covering everything from major world events and exotic foreign locales to the pageantry of state occasions and gritty social issues, the company amassed a unique documentary record of 20th-century life.
Variety Acts and Turns of the Post War Years 1946-1949
Musical and comic turns include The Beverley Sisters, Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Tommy Trinder, The Crazy Gang, Arthur Askey, Laurel & Hardy, Bob Hope, Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry), Max Miller, Anna Neagle, Richard Murdoch, Wilfred Pickles, Vera Lynn and many, many more. The 1940s American film star and comedian, Danny Kaye, is seen here in rehearsal for his 1948 Royal Command Performance.
Variety Acts and Turns of the Second World War 1939-1945
A programme full of performances by the morale-boosting variety acts and singers of the Second World War. Artists who helped frontline troops and home front civilians alike to keep smiling through the dark days of war. Including Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Robb Wilton, Sydney Burchall, Tommy Trinder, Peter Sinclair, Vera Lynn, Cyril Fletcher, Tommy Handley and Mantovani, among many more!
Variety Acts and Turns of the Pre War Years 1938-1939
This programme includes performances by The Peters Sisters, Leslie Henson, The Hillbillies, Douglas Byng, Issy Bonn, Lorenzi, The Four Aces, Sydney Burchall, Mr Penny, Eric Woodburn, Billie Hale, Ronald Frankau and many, many more. Come 1939, war with Germany was looming, but, as the famous phrase goes, “The show must go on!” – and it did!
Cannes Moments – Rebellious Times
The French New Wave directors, including François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, cause massive controversy and manage to get the event cancelled in 1968. Sophia Loren becomes the new queen of the festival and the Golden Boys of American cinema, including Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, become regular winners of the Palme d’Or.
Cannes Moments – In the Beginning
The festival is established as a response to Mussolini’s control of the Venice Film Festival. It becomes an inspiration to a generation still recovering from the impact of WWII by attracting the biggest stars of the time including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and director Orson Welles. Its reputation spreads worldwide alongside that of its most famous regular visitor, Brigitte Bardot.