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Kenneth Branagh
Cecile B DeMille:
American Epic

Cecil B DeMille was the personification of American cinema. He helped make Hollywood into a film production center in 1914 and was still making pictures in 1956. Considered by some to be the greatest showman on earth, he showed great invention and imagination – whether in his use of color and lighting, sexual innuendo or social and political commentary. He had a revolutionary approach to research and art design which gave a sense of authenticity to extraordinary plot lines.

Photoplay Productions was given unparalleled access to his archive by the DeMille Estate, and the material provided the basis of this two-part documentary that encapsulates DeMille’s prolific career of 50 years. His directing work, although dominated by The Sign of the Cross, King of Kings, Samson and Delilah and The Ten Commandments, was far wider than the vast but limited domain of the biblical epic.

Kenneth Branagh narrates this fascinating documentary that includes interviews with his granddaughter Cecilia, fellow directors Robert Parrish and Joseph Mankiewicz, and actors Charlton Heston and Angela Lansbury. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg provide a contemporary commentary by two of Hollywood’s most important directors.

Drama Specials

Dick Francis Mysteries
Horses run hot and murder runs cold, but Jockey Club investigator David Cleveland Ian McShane) always keeps his cool.
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.


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.


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.


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.
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.