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Time To Remember
Time To Remember“A wonderful, fascinating journey
 
into the past, Time To Remember is
  a chronicle of the social and cultural
  forces that shaped the Twentieth
  Century and is now out on DVD —
  A timely reminder of our past, including
  the war years, that is perfectly
  illustrated with excerpts from the
  original Pathé News of the time..
.”

OPEN A WINDOW ON HISTORY with the magnificent and riveting Time To Remember, a television series originally produced in the 1960s that looks at all aspects of life in the first half of the Twentieth Century, using British Pathé's unique blend of political, social and cultural history.

In the 1950's the famous newsreel company Pathé produced a major historical documentary series for Britain made by the award-winning Peter Bayliss and narrated by an impressive line-up of celebrated actors.

The series recounts the dramatic social, political and cultural transformation of the Western World in the first half of the Twentieth Century through exclusive use of British Pathe's stunning newsreel footage and narrative of the original 1960's landmark documentary.

At the time it was first aired, Time To Remember was a benchmark in documentary-making. It splendidly captures life over the decades, from Suffragettes to advances in aviation, from war to entertainment and leisure activities — including Victorian fairgrounds, Henley Regatta, Royal Ascot in 1919, Deauville in the Twenties and the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.

A revised BBC version of Time To Remember is now available on DVD and re-interprets the material thematically in twelve episodes while retaining the enduring charm of the original series with narration by such illustrious actors as Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Edith Evans, Anthony Quayle, Joyce Grenfell, Richard Greene and John Ireland.

Covered in Time To Remember is Prohibition America; Queen Victoria's Jubilee; George V's Coronation in 1911; Edward VIII's abdication statement; the Assassination of Alexander of Yugoslavia in 1934; the First World War (1914 to 1918) and the Second World War (1939 to 1945) — including the sacrifices ordinary people made during the wars, the dramatic evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, the visit by Neville Chamberlain to Germany to negotiate with Hitler and also the German surrender in 1945. Suffragettes, flappers, music hall stars — everything is brought amazingly to life by the celebrated British actors and held together by an exceptional script.

Charles Lindbergh's first solo transatlantic flight in The Spirit Of St Louis in 1927 was an exciting and unbelievable event and as such a landmark for aviation. The series also looks at the struggle to maintain peace in the decades after the Great War, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the Armistice Day Parade in 1919.

It is interesting to see the way women's role in society changed during the first five decades of the 20th Century and to note the endeavours, innovations and technical breakthroughs of the times. The series also documents the lives of notorious gangsters, including Al Capone, the first ever Monaco Grand Prix and the hardships and privations during the 1920s and 1930s on both sides of the Atlantic.

All these and more feature in this fascinating series that explores the iconic and pivotal moments — along with the new and passing social trends — that served to define the first half of the 20th Century. Time To Remember is a unique and spellbinding historical window on our past.

Episodes: 1 Pioneers of Aviation | 2 Stage and Screen | 3 Casualties of War | 4 A Woman's World | 5 Pushing the Boundaries | 6 The Royal Families | 7 Nations at Play | 8 The Pursuit of Peace | 9 Crime and Prohibition | 10 Civilians at War | 11 The Need for Speed | 12 In Times of Need — plus two original episodes. Directors include Jenny MacLeod and Bernard McLoone.

Executively produced by David Okuefuna, the DVD set Time To Remember also includes two episodes of the original British Pathé series produced by Peter Baylis. 3 discs | £18.95 RRP | Total Running Time: 402 Minutes.

"Time To Remember is a unique and spellbinding historical window on our past" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar