ATO Recommends: Best of British

ATO Recommends: Best of British

The Ponds: Still Waters Run Deep

It’s an experience immortalised by Keats and Constable, that has barely changed in 200 years and, while modern life gets ever more chaotic, this documentary focuses on the calmer waters of these gentle, gender-segregated ponds and discover what compels people to swim in 2˚C/36˚F water on a pitch-black January morning.

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Barry & Joan

A joyful insight into the creative world of Barry and Joan Grantham, two British eccentrics who have kept the skills of vaudeville alive for over seventy years. Since becoming stage-struck lovers in 1948, Barry and Joan have taught, danced and acted alongside the greats of British film and theatre. They are the last of the golden generation of vaudeville, eager to pass their legacy on to future generations.

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Brilliant Ideas: Grayson Perry

IGrayson Perry shot to fame in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner Prize, collecting the award wearing a lilac baby doll dress and red pumps. He is best known for his ceramic vases. They are funny, rude, packed with shocking and unconventional imagery. His hard-hitting, exquisite work – in pots, tapestry, prints, sculptures and drawings – chronicles all aspects of contemporary life. Grayson is a cross-dresser with an alter-ego “Claire”. He is an award-winning TV broadcaster, best-selling author, architect and Trustee of the British Museum. 

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Tales from the Two Puddings

The Two Puddings was the pub where the writer of “The Long Good Friday” got his inspiration; where bands including The Kinks and Screaming Lord Sutch played, David Essex gave his first public performance and The Small Faces rehearsed; where Harry Redknapp met his wife and Jackie Charlton celebrated his World Cup victory; and where Matt Johnson of ‘80s supergroup The The grew up.

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Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold

Narrated with gentle self-deprecating humor and honesty by the star himself, this Special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah And Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Deathtrap, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

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Roger Moore: A Matter of Class

Here is Roger Moore’s own story, as told by the famous actor himself. This profile also includes the recollections of colleagues and friends like Gregory Peck, Michael Caine, Tony Curtis, Carroll Baker and Maud Adams.

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Picture Stories

This feature documentary tells the story of the photographic magazine that, for the first time, portrayed real British people as they really were – at work and at play, in love and at war. Picture Post perfected the picture story and gave birth to street photography. We have exclusive access to its extraordinary archive. 

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World Capitals: London

In our new program “World Capitals” you will embark on a journey where together we explore incredible sights of the most famous capitals around the world.

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