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Factual
Episodes
11 x 1 hour
Produced By
Kevin Brownlow
David Gill
Awards
Peabody
Emmy
Distributed For
Brownlow & Gill Documentaries:
Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, & Griffith




Unknown Chaplin
The discovery of a secret cache of Charlie Chaplin footage led to the internationally acclaimed UNKNOWN CHAPLIN. Using previously unseen footage and interviews, the program provides extraordinary insight into many aspects of Chaplin’s dazzling career including his early working methods, the making of some of his famous films, and the movies he made for fun.

Lady Chaplin gave Kevin Brownlow and David Gill the unique privilege of access to her private film vaults where they discovered thousands of feet of film never seen or known about before -- Chaplin’s rushes, his out-takes, his abandoned films. Chaplin himself had ordered this material to be burned, but luckily for film fans it was saved to be enjoyed by generations to come.

UNKNOWN CHAPLIN includes the first interviews with two of Chaplin’s enigmatic leading ladies and rare footage of Chaplin himself. In the words of one film collector, the material shown represents "the coup of the century."


Buster Keaton
For the first time, Buster Keaton’s story is told on film. Using rare archive material and unique interviews, it traces his life and career from his lowly origins to stardom in New York. It also gives personal insights into the man who never regarded himself as anything more than a simple comedian.


Harold Lloyd
Following their award-winning series on Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, David Gill and Kevin Brownlow celebrate the work of the third member of the trio of silent screen comedy greats, Harold Lloyd.

Using rare archive film, stills, and interviews, the series shows Harold Lloyd’s career as the classic American success story -- of the boy from Nebraska, largely self-educated, who set out to become a great dramatic actor on stage, and who became instead one of the greatest comedians in film history.

Never before seen home movies complete the funny, moving, and bizarre story of a man who made more movies than Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin combined.


D. W. Griffith

A three-hour documentary series profiles the life and work of the pioneering film director historians dub “The Inventor of Hollywood”. Considered one of the greatest cinematic minds of all time, Griffith’s story is one to behold. His achievements on screen – often grand and infamous – are only as interesting as the story of the man in the director’s chair.

Drama Specials

Naked Civil Servant
John Hurt stars in this biographical film of Quentin Crisp a flamboyant and witty exhibitionist whose conversation is as glittering as the lipstick and mascara he used to effect.
The Sailor's Return
Flawlessly evoking Victorian rural life, the film tells the story of a love doomed by insularity and racial prejudice.

Drama Series

Murder Investiation Team
Each episode began with the discovery of a body and followed the investigation as it unfolded. The team used all the resources at their disposal from the latest forensic techniques, victimology, criminal psychology as well as their own sharp wits, to deliver on their duty to the public and to catch the killers.
The Helen West Caseboo
She’s a workaholic lawyer with a conscience. As a crown prosecutor, she deals with domestic abuse, sexual molestation, and murder. Driven by a strong sense of justice and compassion, she pursues cases even when her boss insists she drop them and goes out of her way to offer victims a helping hand.

Childrens

Animated Classics
29 animated specials of classic literature is something that the entire family can enjoy. Titles include: A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of The Opera.
Wind in the Willows
From the despicable plans of the evil Weasels to Toad’s gentlemanly obsession with the art of the motor car, no stone has been left unturned in creating this charming adaptation of an old favourite.

Factual Specials

Our Lives: Our Dad is a Woman
What would you do if your dad dropped the bombshell that he wanted to be a woman? Bold, emotional, and compelling, this program gains intimate access to the lives of 3 families, in which a father, partner, or son has battled fear and prejudice to reveal their real selves.
Paul McCartney & Wings:
Band On The Run

From the sudden departure of two band members, to Paul and his wife Linda being robbed at knifepoint, This program also looks at the shooting of the iconic album cover and speaks to some of the stars immortalized in the spotlight.

Other

Duran Duran: One Night Only
captures this multi award-winning band as they perform before a live audience offering a rare insight into the band. With exclusive, never-before-seen archive footage, and interviews, the programme provides viewers with a unique perspective on the band.
Phil Collins: One Night Only
A true music legend Phil Collins has sold over 100 million albums over four decades as a solo artist. In One Night Only, he goes back to his roots, taking a nostalgic trip to the area he grew up in and the old haunts where he played his first gigs.