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Factual
Episodes
1 x 1 1/2 Hours
Starring
Kenneth Branagh
Lon Chaney:
A Thousand Faces



As movie stars go, there is no modern equivalent to Lon Chaney. Physical contortion and misunderstood madness were his stock in trade. Chaney’s films exaggerated the everyday horrors of poverty, illness and crime but were fantastic enough to be entertaining. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, this documentary covers his life from childhood to grave and includes interviews with his son and great grandson.

Chaney learnt his trade as a traveling vaudevillian, taking with him to film 16 years experience of lighting, props, make-up, stage craft, comic-timing and mime. Chaney’s unique ability both on stage and screen was to capture the essence of a character in a few gestures. His films pushed stories of physically broken and vengeful characters to the limit.

Film clips are taken from the finest surviving materials and include the ‘lost’ titles, The Fascination of the Fleur de Lys, Riddle Gawn and Thunder. Hollywood makeup artist and Chaney biographer Michael Blake provides expert insight into the essential factors of Chaney’s miraculous transformations.

 

Drama Specials

Dick Francis Mysteries
Horses run hot and murder runs cold, but Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland Ian McShane) always keeps his cool.
You
A father struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey, You is filled with the magic of life and love and family.

Drama Series

Studio One
A series of one-act specials is the pinnacle example of the Golden Era of Television, launching the careers of many famous actors such as Charlton Heston and Warren Warren Beatty.
Love On A Branchline
Leslie Phillips and Michael Maloney star in this BBC adaptation of John Hadfield's 1959 comic novel.

Comedy

My Family
Starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker, award winning comedy MY FAMILY is the most popular UK sitcom for the last 10 years.
As Time Goes By
Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer are former lovers who meet unexpectedly after not being in contact for 38 years.

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.
The Story Of Christmas Toys
The fun and wonderment of Christmas comes alive through Mel Torme’s narration of this half-hour animated special.

Factual Series

Ultimate Restorations
Audiences will watch history being reborn and learn the secrets of how the restorations are done. The projects are jaw-dropping in their scope; the restorers are heartfelt in their passion.
The Other Hollywood
Kenneth Branagh narrates this survey of Europe's silent era. Episodes focus on the distinct development of specific countries--Sweden, Germany, France, and Britain.

Other

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit
Part comedy panel show, part physical game show and wholly competitive, each week Dara and guests six-part comedy series celebrate the world of video games.
Talkabout
This fast-paced word association format allows the audience at home to join in the fun as contestants race against the clock to figure out the hidden key topic and win the prize.