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Real Country House



We all have a picture in our heads of what a gilded, brittle, decadent world, inter-War upper class country-house England must have been; the parties, the affairs, the weekends, the skiing at Klosters, the yachts at Cowes, those last few years when birth could offer you the world on a plate, as your playground and parade ground.   Thanks to the novels of Evelyn Waugh, and endless television dramas we have all had the chance to eavesdrop on its cut glass vowels, its wealth, its indiscretions, scandals and hypocrisies, its deep involvement too in the surrounding worlds of celebrity and politics – all destined to be swept away by the outbreak of war. 

What would it be like then, if one of this aristocratic generation had had the foresight, or the chutzpah, to have committed their world to film – and not just scratchy old standard 8, but top quality black and white 16 mm –hours and hours of it.  And what if this were to accompany a treasure trove of other family memorabilia – photo-albums, letters, newspaper cuttings.

The result would be a unique and completely compelling journey to the heart of that great British experience – the upper classes at play as the world gets sucked into war.

Meet Bobby and Mary…. Mary, rich as Croesus, and sister-in-law of Lord Mountbatten and her fabulously good-looking husband, Bobby Cunningham Reid – WWI’s youngest DFC winning flying ace, dreamboat lover, wannabe movie mogul, sabre rattling MP (with his eye on becoming Prime Minister) – the man who married Mary in a calculated bid to throw aside his boring middle class job, and vault into the upper echelons of British Society, what Trollope called “the upper ten thousand”.  It cost him ten thousand pounds to do it, ironically (borrowed from a money-lender), and it nearly cost Mary her sanity – but it worked; for over ten years he became one of Society’s most colourful, most controversial figures.  And between them, they led the perfect country house life – until it all collapsed in scandal, divorce and bitterness.


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.