Disappearing Britain to air 8th October at 9pm on More 4

29.09.15

Disappearing Britain is the ultimate celebration of Britain’s heritage obsession. Last year, we flocked in record numbers to the great outdoors, exploring castles, palaces and gardens, parks and country fairs. But we don’t just visit, we volunteer and join in. 

In this 12 x 60' series, Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb get to the heart of what makes British heritage so great, as they meet the people keeping our traditions alive and explore what possible threats there are to it. Throughout the series, they’ll be joined by Michael Buerk who returns to the patch he worked as a young reporter 40 years ago. They'll also be a host of familiar faces - including Emilia Fox, Peter Davison, Wendy Craig, Mica Paris, Don Warrington, Janet Ellis, Arthur Smith, Shobna Gulati and Bill Paterson - who will indulge their own personal heritage passions and help build a picture of the ultimate ‘Britishness’. 

At a time when heritage funding is being scaled back, and yet visitor numbers at these attractions are on the rise, Disappearing Britain is a timely series that recognises how strongly we feel about promoting the past and preserving the future. 

Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages Series 2 airing Tuesdays 9.00pm on More 4

01.09.15

Penelope Keith is taking to the road once again, exploring the world of our smallest communities. Thatched cottages, the local shop, quaint church spires and games on the green – just some of the images to be found amongst the 10,000 villages across the country. In this four-part second series of Hidden Villages, Penelope reveals more of the heritage and quirky traditions on which our villages are founded, while finding out what it means to be a village today.

A proud villager for nearly 40 years, Penelope is once again accompanied by the Batsford Guides - a series of beautifully illustrated books published from the 1930s onwards. They offer a window on our rural way of life, and help reveal what makes our villages unique. 

Over four programmes, Penelope heads to four very different regions: The popular peninsula of Devon and Cornwall and the lush beauty of Sussex and Kent in the south. Further north, the stunning Cumbrian landscape and the royal retreat of Deeside in Scotland.

Reef Television to produce The Siege of Leningrad for BBC2

31.08.15

Reef Television is producing The Siege of Leningrad, a 60-minute film that goes behind the performance of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony in 1942 during the destructive moment of the war. The programme will be presented by the historian Professor Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, who will lift the lid on the social history and music respectively.

The doc will air in 2016 and was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, BBC head of commission for music and Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC4. It is exec produced by Reef’s Ben Weston and Liz Hartford.

“The Siege of Leningrad was an almost unbelievable chapter in history involving the twin horrors of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia” said Weston. “This film takes an extraordinary piece of music that emanated from the Siege to bring audiences to the heart of that story in a new way, demonstrating the power of the human spirit to vanquish over the worst odds imaginable.”

Britain's First Photo Album to repeat on BBC2

20.08.15

Britain's First Photo Album will be repeating on BBC Two from Tuesday 1st September at 12.30pm. John Sergeant follows in the footsteps of pioneer photographer Francis Frith who, alongside his team, created some of the first photographic records of Britain. 

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