26 Jan 2007

The Open University’s Nation on Film series returns to BBC Two

Sir David Jason

Sir David Jason

Nation on Film, the fully-funded Open University series made up of professional and amateur movie footage, and narrated by Sir David Jason, returns to BBC Two.

The six-episode series begins with ‘Package Holidays’ at 7.30pm on Monday February 19.

Each film follows a specific theme or topic, uses a wide variety of film sources from amateur to professional, regional to national cinematic, to illustrate historical themes and give them an engaging new perspective.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

The first programme in the series, ‘Package Holidays’ tells the story of how film was first used to promote and record package-tour holidays in the 1960s.

Another keynote film in the series is ‘Kearton’s Wildlife’. It tells the story of how a farmer’s son from Yorkshire became a pioneer of wildlife film-making and star of the silver screen. Cherry Kearton travelled the world from the 1920s in order to capture images cinema audiences had not seen before. Using his own remarkable footage and including an interview with Sir David Attenborough, Nation on Film explores the work of Britain’s first wildlife presenter and film-maker.

As well as ‘Kearton’s Wildlife’, the new series will include episodes on cars, flying, women’s football, and the Ramsden Collection.
‘The Ramsden Collection’ is the story of a recently-discovered amateur archive that sheds new light on life in post-war Britain. For 20 years husband and wife Betty and Cyril Ramsden from Leeds, recorded the world around them. They captured middle-class life in the north of England.

Their rich celluloid legacy challenges the clichéd view of post-war Britain as a decade of austerity and dreariness.

There is a free booklet to accompany the series with more information on the films, equipment used and how to learn more. Viewers can obtain one by calling 0870 900 0303 or by visiting www.open2.net.

For full series synopsis, click on the link on the right hand side.

For Preview DVDs please contact Guy Bailey.

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