A box set, containing 8 separate programmes (all of which have been available separately before):
Those Were the Days - Britain in the 1940's
Those were the Days Britain in the 40s tells the story of this turbulent decade and the remarkable fortitude of the British people during and after the war through the eyes of the newsreel cameras. From the horror and destruction of The Blitz in 1941 to the joyous celebration that marked the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the dashing Prince Philip in 1947, we take a nostalgic and sentimental journey back to how we lived and the way we were 60 years ago. Finally, on April 14th, 1949, British families especially the children were rewarded for years of austerity when after almost a decade sweet rationing came to an end.
Classic Love Stories of the 20th Century
Through movies, television and the news media we have been fascinated by the romance, the passion and the broken hearts of our heroes and heroines. In Classic Love Stories of the 20th Century we reveal the truth behind the relationships that have intrigued the world. Using unseen and rare archive footage, Classic Love Stories traces the glittering Hollywood romances of Fairbanks and Pickford, Gable and Lombard, Olivier & Leigh, Bogart & Bacall, Monroe and Miller, and of course Burton & Taylor. We also uncover the truth behind the fairytale love matches of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Charles and Diana, and King Edward VIII who threw away his crown for love. These and many other classic romances are featured, all ther way through to the latest phenomenon Posh and Becks.
East End through the Ages
Presented by legendary actor and East Ender Stephen Berkoff, this programme takes a look back at the history of the East End through the turn of the 19th century to the New Millennium. All the key events are featured including the Sydney Street riots, the legacy of the Krays and the Blind Beggar, and a look at the incredible cultures that appear, all ably demonstrated on Brick Lane. An eclectic mix of archive and current footage with Stephen Berkoff the inspirational guide.
Music Hall Days
Presented by Lionel Blair, the programme looks back at all the great performers from the Music Halls and beyond, including the songs that won the war from Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and others. We have uncovered an amazing collection of footage of all the greats, much of it never before seen on DVD. Artists of the calibre of Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Arthur Askey, Danny Kaye, Tommy Handley, Tommy Trinder, Mistinguett, Bob Hope and Flanagan and Allen all appear in this sensational programme.
Those Were the Days - Britain in the 1960's
Those Were The Days - Britain in The 1960s tells the story of a decade of massive change in Britain. From Beatlemania to the violent anti-war protests in Grosvenor Square, the major news stories of the period are placed in their social context by the use of rarely seen material that shows the way we lived and the way we were 40 years ago. The result is a unique glimpse of the history of Britain during the Swinging Sixties when Britain was at the centre of so much that was new and exciting, from the boutiques of Carnaby Street to the launch of Concorde.
Royal Century - 100 Years of the Royal Family
With rare and unseen archive footage, this programme relives the 100 years of the 20th Century from Queen Victoria through to Queen Elizabeth 11. Experience the familys indignation when Edward VIII turned his back on royal duty in favour of marriage to an already twice-divorced American woman. Observe how the painfully shy George VI reluctantly became King, and went on to win the hearts of the nation as he oversaw the countrys war effort. And watch Elizabeth 11 lift the hearts and aspirations of her war-weary subjects through the glory years of her reign.
Those Were the Days - Britain in the 1950's
Through the eyes of the newsreel cameras and advertising of the time, we present an affectionate look at the way we were in the 1950s: the way we dressed, the way we laughed (and cried) even the way we holidayed. The programme also focuses on the events that shook the world during the decade: the death of George VI in 1952 heralding a new Queen, Elizabeth II, and her Coronation in 1953; the conquering of Everest: the first four-minute mile; the last woman to be hanged in Britain; and the tragic Munich Air Disaster.
A fascinating look at the way the country was under the rule of Queen Victoria, the longest-ever serving monarch, who ruled the country from 1837-1901. Her reign is associated with Britain's great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and - especially - empire. At her death, it was said, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set.
In black & white, and colour.