BBC FOUR Autumn
Programmes: A to H
To mark the 70th anniversary of the shocking abdication of King Edward VIII in
December 1936, this fascinating and revealing documentary uncovers the truth behind the
constitutional crisis that rocked both the British Establishment and the world.
Based on recently-released information such as Cabinet minutes, Prime Minister's
correspondence and Special Branch monitoring, in addition to archive media reports and
actual Royal correspondence, Abdication illustrates the intricate series of events that led to
Edward VIII's painful decision to renounce the throne.
The film also exposes the secret roles many politicians and diarists played in blackening Wallace Simpson's name and tarnishing Edward VIII's reputation, uncovering just how the British public were manipulated into turning against their once loved monarch-to-be.
A Blakeway production.
It was the distinctive sound of West Coast rock that
provided the soundtrack to the Seventies and placed
LA at the epicentre of the musical world.
This film tells
the story of how the cool, sophisticated smooth sound
that characterised the work of The Eagles, Jackson
Browne, David Crosby and Graham Nash evolved from
the socially-conscious songs of boys and girls with
acoustic guitars, and turned into the unique easy-listening rock that conquered the world.
and performers, industry heavyweights, fans and LA
scenesters tell their stories and describe how it all
ended in coked-out stadium superstardom at the end
of the decade.
This is an epic tale of smooth guitar
sound, inspired genius, denim, drugs and greed.
A BBC production.
Fear Of Fanny
Television chefs today dominate our screens and have sometimes even changed legislation
but, in the Sixties, one name was sure to send chills down the spines of housewives
everywhere: Fanny Cradock – arguably Britain's most terrifying TV chef!
This at times
hilarious yet poignant drama is about an ostensibly successful career woman who is
haunted by the demons of her past.
The doyenne of housewives during the Sixties and
Seventies, Fanny's diet-defying dishes, withering put-downs and pancake make-up made her
the scourge of traditional British cooking.
Writer and actress Julia Davis stars as Fanny and is joined by Nighty Night co-star Mark
Gatiss (League Of Gentlemen), who plays Fanny's much-maligned husband, Johnnie.
from interviews with Fanny's colleagues, family and critics, Fear Of Fanny is written and
adapted by Brian Fillis, making his debut television adaptation from the critically-acclaimed
stage play of the same name.
A BBC production.
The Haunted Airman
The Haunted Airman is a tense and suspenseful adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's horror
story about the terrifying experiences of a combat veteran who has come home from the
It has been written for the screen by Chris Durlacher (Kenneth Tynan – In Praise Of
Hardcore; and George Orwell – A Life In Pictures), who has also produced and directed
In 1943, Flight Lieutenant Toby Jugg (Robert Pattinson – Harry Potter And The Goblet
Of Fire), confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in action, arrives at Llanferdach, a
remote mansion in Wales, to recuperate.
Owing to what might be post-traumatic stress,
Toby suffers nightmares and hallucinations. An unexplained noise or the movement of a
shadow makes his flesh creep.
Llanferdach is overseen by psychiatrist Dr Hal Burns (Julian Sands: Kenneth Tynan – In Praise Of Hardcore, 24, Boxing Helena), but Toby is a reluctant patient, and instead craves
the familiar love of his Aunt Julia (Rachael Stirling: Tipping The Velvet, Riot At The Rite).
However, Julia is not answering Toby's letters.
Suddenly, Julia arrives at Llanferdach but, instead of bringing comfort, we begin to suspect
an unsettling love triangle between Toby, his aunt and his doctor.
Like many Wheatley
novels, the ending is sudden, unexpected and unforgettable.
A BBC production.