Betjeman - The Collection (DVD)
Release Date: 23/10/2017
The multi-talented Sir John Betjeman was one of televisions most memorable personalities.
A prolific writer, poet, broadcaster, and an active architectural campaigner and conservationist, Britains former Poet Laureate was a much-loved figure for his unwavering devotion and life-long passion for traditional architecture. A champion of British heritage, he worked closely with the BBC to produce many excellent and informative documentaries, which opened peoples eyes to the true value of the buildings and places around them.
In this collection, we bring together three of Betjemans finest BBC documentary series to celebrate his legacy and extraordinary work: A Passion for Churches, A Birds Eye View and Four with Betjeman: Victorian Architects and Architecture. Each programme showcases Betjemans infectious enthusiasm for architecture, and the enduring appeal that he still has today.
John Betjemans A Passion for Churches (1974)
John Betjeman travels around the Diocese of Norwich to visit its various churches of great significance, and offers an honest and affectionate look at the buildings, clergy and parishioners in this eye-opening documentary. It exposes the often-overlooked details within some of our common traditions; from the quirks of great architecture to the allure of bell-ringing and jumble sales.
This four-part series includes footage from some of Britains most stunning and historically fascinating churches, and follows his journey to modern day Jerusalem where he attends Christmas services at the Monastery of St. George.
John Betjemans A Birds Eye View
A three-part series commentated by John Betjeman giving a birds eye view of various impressive locations important to English history and heritage, filmed entirely from a helicopter. Betjemans informative travelogues give us a fascinating and revealing look at how Britain has changed over time, from an entirely new perspective.
Betjeman gives his wry and honest opinion on places of great importance, giving us a glimpse into the countrys deep history in the process. From exploring extraordinary British mansions, gardens and castles, to teaching us the origins of the British seaside holiday.
Four with Betjeman - Victorian Architects and Architecture
In the 1850s, English architects tried to find a style that would go with steam, glass and cast iron; they chose Gothic.
In this four-part series John Betjeman, a founding member of The Victorian Society, celebrates the famous architects associated with the Victorian Gothic Revival and some of their famous constructions; including the Houses of Parliament, All Saints Church, St Pancras railway station, the Natural History Museum, the Albert Memorial, Westminster Abbey and a variety of country houses.