The Betjeman Collection

14/02/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 05/02/2001
  |  315 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Four-volume box set featuring the late Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. 'Betjeman Revisited' features six television programmes from 1962, each eulogizing the buildings of a different town. Three retain the original soundtrack, whilst Nigel Hawthorne narrates on the others, drawing from Betjeman's original script. The areas looked at are: 'Swindon and North Lew'; 'Chippenham and Crewkerne'; 'Devizes'; 'Sherborne'; 'Sidmouth'; and 'Bath'. 'The Lost Betjemans' features rare programmes made by Betjeman between 1962 and 1964: 'Weston-Super-Mare'; 'Bath'; 'Malmesbury'; 'Marlborough'; 'Bristol My Home'; and 'Clevedon'. In 'Betjeman's London', entertainment writer and John Betjeman addict Peter Gammond presents this guide to the late Poet Laureate's home town of London. Betjeman was born in Kentish Town, and later lived in Highgate and Chelsea; he loved the city's architecture, railway stations, theatres and pubs, and all his favourite haunts are revisited here. 'Betjeman's Britain' traces Betjeman's footsteps through his favourite haunts in Norfolk, North Cornwall and London.

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