Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages will be repeated on Channel 4

12.02.16

Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages will be repeated on Channel 4 over the next four weeks at 8.00pm starting on Saturday 14th February. The series includes visits to Cornwall, Royal Deeside, Cumbria and Sussex & Kent.

Discovering Britain on More 4 every Wednesday at 9.00pm

31.01.16

Discovering Britain, formerly Disappearing Britatin, is back on More 4 every Wednesday starting on 3rd February at 9.00pm. Hosts Larry Lamb and Maureen Lipman, alongside Michael Buerk and numerous famous faces, travel the country to unpick our astonishing heritage.

Rave Reviews Greet Reef's Leningrad Film

04.02.16

Reef Television’s latest landmark music film, Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler, premiered on BBC Two on Saturday 2 January 2016 to universal critical acclaim.  The 90 minute film was Pick of the Day in virtually every British daily and Sunday newspaper, the Daily Mail calling it “astonishing”, the Daily Telegraph and Guardian both describing it as “terrific” and the Radio Times calling it “an astonishing story of art used as an instrument of war”.  The film also was the subject of prominent feature articles commissioned specially by the Guardian, the Times, Daily Telegraph and Radio Times, and presenters Amanda Vickery and Tom Service appeared to discuss it on Radio 4’s Start the Week and Radio 3’s In Tune.  The social media response from viewers of the film was unprecedented, and one letter published in the Radio Times read as follows:  “THE POWER OF MUSIC  - Once in a while there comes along a programme of such quality, so deeply moving and respectfully made, that alone it commands an entire year’s licence fee.”

Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler to air 2nd January at 9.10pm on BBC Two

11.12.15

BBC Two is to broadcast Reef Television’s biggest landmark music film yet at 9.10pm on Saturday 2 January 2016.  Shot entirely in St Petersburg, Russia, this 90 minute film tells the extraordinary story of a concert took place in this historic city at the height of the Siege of Leningrad.  A year before the Germans had begun the deadliest blockade in history which would kill three quarters of a million civilians.  Now, in the midst of the terror, a group of starving musicians assembled to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony in what would become a defiant moment in the city’s survival.  Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service reveal the story of triumph of the human spirit over unspeakable barbarity.  The film is interwoven with excerpts of the symphony performed specially by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg where the 1942 concert took place, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son.

The film was produced and directed by Tim Kirby, with Caroline Page as producer and Ben Weston and Liz Hartford as executive producers.

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