In this new series, we take you on an exclusive, all-access tour behind the scenes of select UNESCO World Heritage sites to illuminate the work that goes into running and maintaining these treasured monuments, buildings, national parks and even entire cities, ensuring that they survive in the best possible conditions for future generations to enjoy.
This is the story of how around 150 pre-Grouping railways of Britain evolved from their 'Golden Age' in the heady Edwardian era to become the less popular nationalised British Railways. It fell to Dr Richard Beeching, Chairman of the British Railways Board (1961-1965) to wield his axe in order to achieve the Government's ambition of turning the railways back into profit. With the use of extensive and rare archive footage, this series examines Beeching's legacy as we commemorate 50 years since his infamous report The Reshaping of British Railways was published.
Travelling alongside fellow adventurer and director Russ Malkin, join Charley Boorman as he sets off on an epic motorbike adventure. Confronted with some of the most spine-tingling challenges he has ever faced, the high risks and low margins for error bring out Charley s humour and the camaraderie with those who often hold his life in their hands. Prepare for a rollicking rollercoaster of a ride as Charley Boorman travels the globe.
Charley Boorman's South African Adventure
Join Charley on his journey through the stunning, rugged and often unknown South Africa, taking on all corners of this wild and varied African country, experiencing the deeply rooted cultures, the extraordinary people, the remarkable wildlife and the heart-stopping adventures along the way.
Charley Boorman s Race To Dakar
Having completed Long Way Round with friend and fellow actor Ewan McGregor, Charley wanted a new challenge. The Dakar Rally provided this challenge and with over 10,000 kilometres from Portugal, through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal across treacherous terrain in extreme temperatures, the Dakar Rally is just about as hard as it gets.
Charley Boorman s USA Adventure
Following the success of his previous two expeditions across Dakar and South Africa, Charley is back on his bike and this time he is taking on one of the most spectacular countries in the world The United States of America
The incredible story of Charley Boorman's assault on the toughest race on earth - The Dakar Rally.
Having completed Long Way Round with friend and fellow actor Ewan McGregor, Charley wanted a new challenge. The Dakar Rally provided this challenge and over 10,000km from Portugal, through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Senegal across treacherous terrain in extreme temperatures the Dakar Rally is just about as hard as it gets.
This 2 disc DVD includes the complete TV series from initial preparation to intensive race training, to lining up at the race start, to Charley's own Dakar adventure and also includes a number of previously unseen and extended extras.
EXTREME TRAINS is an immersive voyage through the nuts and bolts of the transportation that helped connect the world. Matt Bown is a real-life railroad conductor from New England, brimming over with an infectious passion and enthusiasm for the engineering marvel he gets to ride at work every day. In EXTREME TRAINS, Matt will take viewers for the high-octane ride of a lifetime getting down and dirty with the most incredible rail experiences in the USA and all over the world. Matt will do much more than check out the scenery going by. We re going to wake up at the crack of dawn with the world s blue collar railroad employees to see the blood, sweat and tears that make these mechanical beasts of iron and steel blaze trails across the world. Includes: Freight Train High Speed Train Ice Cold Express Overnight Traveller Circus Train
11 PROGRAMMES ON 4 DVDs
1. THE FLYING SCOTSMAN 1929 romantic thriller starring Moore Marriott, Ray Milland and Pauline Johnson with incredible action sequences of Flying Scotsman.
2. PRESERVING THE LEGEND Alan Peglar s official films in 1963 and 1964.
3. TENDER MEMORIES A series of thrilling adventures in 1968 including a Paddington to Cardiff speed record.
4. ON TOUR NORTH AMERICA Flying Scotsman s 1968- 1972 adventures in America and Canada.
5. COMING HOME Sir William McAlpine and his mission to bring Flying Scotsman back to Britain.
6. ON TOUR AUSTRALIA A celebration of Flying Scotsman s unforgettable tour of Australia in 1988.
7. AUSTRALIA MOBIL FILM Dramatic action of Flying Scotsman in Australia in 1989.
8. THE INAUGURAL SCOTSMAN A detailed record of 4472 s 1999 journey from King s Cross to York.
9. ON TOUR EDINBURGH TO YORK A footplate adventure between Edinburgh and York in 2000.
10. FLYING SCOTSMAN THE PEOPLE S ENGINE The story of Flying Scotsman s restoration at the NRM including her return to steam in 2011.
11. A RAIL ROMANCE Using fantastic archive film and personal testimony, actress Barbara Flynn narrates the wonderful story of the nation's favourite steam locomotive (as seen on BBC).
MEMORABILIA PACK MEMORABILIA PACK
A collection of authentic historical memorabilia created from original items. These include a 1926 King s Cross to York ticket (Fare 23s 6d), twelve 1930s destination luggage labels, a 1950 music sheet of The Flying Scotsman Piano Solo, 1962 luncheon menu card & wine list, 1963 "Save Our Scotsman" poster, and five engineer s technical drawings.
148-page HARDBACK BOOK
Packed with beautiful and rare photographs, James S. Baldwin tells the full story of Flying Scotsman s remarkable life, documenting in stunning detail the highs and lows of her numerous adventures.
Official product fully endorsed by the National Railway Museum.
Includes a limited edition certificate of authenticity
Join Muriel Gray on The Munro Show as she takes you through the highest, remotest and most stunning parts of Scotland. Presented by Taggart star John Michie, Highlands is a moving history series tracing the landscape lives and legacy of the Highland Clearances. Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as Mountains of Scotland focuses on the undulating tops of the high Cairngorm plateau to the steep-sided peaks and razor-backed ridges of the ranges to the west.
Intimate profiles on some of Britain's finest locomotives.
Presented by Taggart star John Michie, it journeys through the geography and history of Scotland, as he reveals the story of how the highlands went from thriving communities to beautiful but barren landscapes. It charts 200 turbulent years of Scotland s past - from the 17 th Century when James VI of Scotland became James I of England, uniting the crowns, via the Jacobite Uprisings that almost finished the Highlanders, until the 1800s when those that remained were killed or driven from the land they d worked for generations, not because of warfare, but to make way for the more profitable sheep flocks. Each episode follows John on one section of his journey as he meets local historians and academic experts who show him around castles and battlefields and abandoned villages. The stories are beautifully illustrated with stunning photography, including outstanding aerials, and accompanied by narration from John.
Join Alan Herd for a trip along Britain s canals.
Join master craftsman Alan Herd as he journeys around the canals and waterways of Britain in search of surviving examples of boat building craft and restores an old 70-foot working boat into a state-of-the-art floating holiday home. The series celebrates the enchanting industrial past of Britain's canals and also looks to the future as Alan fulfils a lifelong ambition by painstakingly converting an 80 year old traditional working boat into a truly 21st century luxury vessel. Narrow Boat follows Alan through the transformation process and then on to the IWA National Boat Show in a bid to win first prize for his efforts.
Narrow Boat Afloat
Alan Herd returns in Narrow Boat Afloat, travelling the Grand Union Canal from the Gas Street Basin Birmingham down to Bulls Bridge then London, visiting places of historical and industrial significance. The Discovery cameras follow Alan s narrow boat Dover through glorious English countryside as she travels 126 miles and traverses 178 locks. Along the way Alan gets involved in the many restoration projects that are preserving the UK's industrial heritage.