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1954 - 1962

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"He was an intellectual snob, a typical head boy. He was difficult and genuine and I adored him." 

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Narrated by Robert Shaw

Written by Joseph Braddock

Directed by Peter M. Sims

Produced by Ian Ferguson and Edgar Anstey

Running Time: 20 minutes

Released by British Transport Films

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The Peak District waits invitingly within a sixty-mile reach of half the population of England. To this green centre of a great industrial area, the first of the National Parks, holidaymakers come throughout the year to enjoy a wide variety of scenery and of pastimes. Some visitors come to glide, others to go ‘caving’ or climbing, boating or fishing. The lovely surroundings vary from the windy flat tops of heath with their rocky outcrops to the lush sheltered dales of the Manifiold, the Derwent and the Dove; from the simple stone cottages of the quiet villages to the historic architecture of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton, and the great houses of the past like Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

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Narrated by Robert Shaw

 

Directed by John Taylor


Camera by David Watkin


Edited by Ralph Sheldon


Assistants: Edward Scott and Hugh Raggett


Music by Duke Ellington, Clarence Williams, Armand Piron, Spencer Williams, Kerry Mills, Fats Waller, Big Bill Broonzy, Porter Steele played by the Chris Barber Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, Pat Halcox, Monty Sunshine, Chris Barber, Eddie Smith, Dick Smith and Ron Bowden.

 

Recorded by Ken Scrivener


Produced by Ian Ferguson


Executive Produced by Edgar Anstey

Running Time: 18 minutes


Released by British Transport Films

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One of the most memorable - and fondly remembered - of all British Transport Films was this promotional paean to the joys of holidaying in Blackpool. Unlike the vast majority of BTF's travelogues, commentary is kept to a minimum, with just a brief scene-setting opening and a slightly longer interlude to mark the early afternoon siesta.

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The Yorkshire Dales - ‘from which no traveller wishes to return’. Sheltering under the Pennines, the Dales have escaped the human ravages of time. There is magic here; skysweeping hillsides and weirdly weathered rocks; Wensleydale cheese; ruined abbeys and castles and standing drystone walls; fellracing and potholing, photography, traditional songs and a commentary spoken by Robert Shaw.

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Narrated by Robert Shaw

 

Directed & Photographed by Ron Craigen


Written by Edward Woods


Edited by John Legard


Production Assistants: Ron Genders, George Tabor and John O'Sullivan


Traditional Music Sung & Played by Alan Emmet, Bob Wilson, Alf Edwards and Bryan Daly


Music Arrangement by Marcus Dods


Sound Recording by Anvil Films


Produced by Edgar Anstey

Running Time: 19 minutes

16mm & 35mm

Released by British Transport Films

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Light verse and gay music make their own comment on the holidaymakers of the Yorkshire coastline. Between Tees and Humber thousands each year enjoy the sea and the sands, the funfair and the ballroom: for a row or romance, there’s something for each!

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CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Narrated by Robert Shaw

Directed by Tony Thompson


Photography by Robert Paynter and Reg Hughes


Commentary written by Norman Prouting


Edited by John Legard


Assistants: Harry Hastings, Michael Healy and Derek Whitham


Associate Produced by Ian Ferguson


Produced by Edgar Anstey

Running Time: 15 minutes

16mm & 35mm

Released by British Transport Films

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TRAILER

The Best of British Transport Films

Blu Ray

DOCUMENTARY

Fascinating documentary on the making of British Transport Films for which Robert provided narration.

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