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 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



There iz one area where England still has few peers, and that's the many Auric-golden series its broadcast over the years. At their seminal highest, they're state of the art in both form and function, entertainment as enlightenment and proof profound enlightenment can also be transformationally entertaining.

Whether the spotlight was the arts, science, astronomy - the historical advance and pivotal influences thereof - these programs (and those we're ignorant of we hope others will provide belated edification and introduction to) remain textbook examples most exemplary.

Our ever-enthralling Mag Seven are:


















At Pat would say:



"Rule Britannia?" wink

wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Technically not originally on BBC but apparently on ITV, this documentary remains for me the quintessential UK TV production:

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Technically not originally on BBC but apparently on ITV, this documentary remains for me the quintessential UK TV production:



was going to be my first post. Well done recordman.
This is the undisputed Daddy: Carl Davis music, Laurence Olivier narration, even among industry giants it is cited as the highest bar.
And the one that preceeded it and set the tone for the WAW was the series The Great War.
Talking heads and footage on the first world war.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Yo, BeeCee Department:



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

thanks neo. really great pics! Nice treat. Now where did i put my tobacco tin! ha ha.

good thread too.

altho i think id make it English documentaries!
bbc is such a scummy organisation now but still do good docus and outside broadcasts of big live events, like the remembrance service etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Technically not originally on BBC but apparently on ITV, this documentary remains for me the quintessential UK TV production:



was going to be my first post. Well done recordman.
This is the undisputed Daddy: Carl Davis music, Laurence Olivier narration, even among industry giants it is cited as the highest bar.
And the one that preceeded it and set the tone for the WAW was the series The Great War.
Talking heads and footage on the first world war.



These were the first two series that came to my mind too.

The Great War also had superb music by Wilfred Josephs....

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm nowhere near as highbrow, intellectual, or downright brilliant like every other of my FSM co-posters, so I will just say proudly that I LOVE BBC Coast (and its underscore, too!)



Coast London to Antwerp

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

COAST is excellent!

Jim, you might recognise this track which was used in numerous episodes of Coast.



....and FILM SCORE FANS should be able to recognise the sample from one of the Guv'ner's soundtracks. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



[ is such a scummy organisation now but still do good docus and outside broadcasts of big live events ]

To All Those Who Know Across the Percolating Pond Department:

Not to divert, let alone hijack, the appreciatory aspect of this thread, BeeCee's comment did spark our considerable (nay, insatiable, yea) curiosity.

Why HAST this once venerable institution's once impeachably royal rep taken such a hit?

Inquiring matrix' wanna know ...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



[ nowhere near as highbrow, intellectual ]

Hey, watchit, Phelpsie (where's Ally when ya rily need him?!?) :

our religion's got nuttin' to do with it! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

neo, i cannot explain fully without going into the banned P Word and their twisted slant on everything so we will leave it there. I also know people who work there and reports are hideous. However credit where it is due - they do still have certain monuments like David Attenborough And others which just about redeem them.

But they have always done docus exceptionally well and you are right to celebrate that.

As for coast - i am a grumpy old man who hasnt got a good word for anybody or anything, except maybe Morricone and Goldsmith ha ha - but i live on the coast, in fact a very busy and incredibly interesting stretch of coast and when the bastards got within about 20 miles they skipped us and went on to kent. Never returning.
Not that im bitter or twisted or have my judgment affected by this spurning.

bastards. But they do make good documentaries.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)




Definitely this. Also his followup Connections II, and their companion series, The Day the Universe Changed. I loved these.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Burke was always good Joe.
Dont think he did a bad series.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

neo, i cannot explain fully without going into the banned P Word and their twisted slant on everything so we will leave it there. I also know people who work there and reports are hideous.

I also think they have got very out of touch with those of us who actually pay for it, too...for anyone unaware, British citizens still have to pay a Licence Fee to watch TV, solely because of the BBC. The recent scandal regarding the amount of certain pay-offs being a case in point. But yes, the P word has a hell of a lot to answer for, as far as the Beeb is concerned.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Just finished the excellent overview that is Heath vs. Wilson: The Ten Year Duel. Pop culturally speaking, the years from 1965-75 have always fascinated me and the tumultuous events throughout the world during that same time period do as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Thanks for putting that up Jim, I'll watch that later.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

My favourite documentaries have all been the work of this man..



His documentaries 'Year Zero - The Silent Death of Cambodia', 'Death of a Nation - The Timor Conspiracy', 'Palestine Is Still The Issue' and 'Stealing a Nation' are the finest examples of investigative journalism I have seen. I have also read all his books, which are enlightening and blood boiling in equal measure.

This DVD contains the above films and more, which includes most of his best work..



(I know John Pilger is Australian, but most of his films are funded by British Broadcasters).

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thanks for putting that up Jim, I'll watch that later.

You're welcome. I would also recommend the four-part "Goodbye the '70s" as well, though you know the era quite well, being so much older--and British--than me. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Ha ha! Maybe Jim, but the old memory ain't so good nowadays and needs a refill from time to time. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

The other gem that gets forgotton was the essential viewing of The Rock'n'roll Years - mid 50s to about 1973 i think.
Music of the time with newsreel and subtitles explaining what was going on.
A very clever mix. As a kid from this key series i learned so much about modern history, especially american history and key moments - kennedys, civil rights, vietnam, altamont, manson, etc.

 
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