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
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