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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

BBC Four Spring/Summer 2010

Archive shot from Coronation Street: courtesy Granada Television

Florizel Street

Florizel Street (working title) is the story of the birth of a television institution.

In 1960, Tony Warren was a writer with a dream of bringing to screen characters from the Salford he knew and loved – the tart with a heart, the snob, the harridan in a hair net.

This dramatic account, produced in HD, charts how Warren's vision finally made it to the small screen in the face of fierce opposition from his bosses. It's a story of boardroom battles and hopes dangled by threads.

Northern actors and actresses, for so long resigned to working as background artistes, are for the first time given real characters and dialogue.

Granada Television's workforce stand behind one of their own and the executives fincally decide to take a gamble. But one thing needs changing – the show's title. On the evening of 9 December 1960, Florizel Street dies as Coronation Street is born.

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An ITV Studios production

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The First Men In The Moon

It's July 1969 and the Apollo 11 astronauts are about to make their historic Moon landing. But they are in for a surprise – somebody has beaten them to it.

Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) takes the lead role as Edwardian scientist Professor Cavor in his own adaptation of HG Wells's science fiction classic, The First Men In The Moon, which is produced in HD.

As the world waits for news of Apollo 11, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford (Rory Kinnear) who tells him an extraordinary story.

As a young man back in 1909, Bedford happens across Professor Cavor, who has developed an amazing invention – Cavorite, which makes anything to which it is applied immune to gravity.

Recognising a miracle when he sees one, and with a keen eye on the potential profit, Bedford encourages Cavor to think big. The two men set about constructing a copper and cast-iron sphere, in which they intend to fly to the Moon.

What terrors await them in the lunar interior, and will they ever succeed in returning to Earth?

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Can Do Productions

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Lennon Naked

Christopher Eccleston plays John Lennon in a single film charting his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon.

Spanning a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon between 1967 and 1971, writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame.

The unexpected death of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in 1967 marked a turning point in Lennon's life. This film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.

Made in high definition, Lennon Naked also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long lost father, and the events that led John to shed everything both personally and creatively, including calling time on The Beatles.

Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship, their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused Lennon to abandon the UK to start a new life in America, a process which ultimately inspired him to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career.

Written by Robert Jones and directed by Edmund Coulthard, the cast includes Christopher Fairbank, Naoko Mori, Claudie Blakley, Rory Kinnear, Allan Corduner, Michael Colgan and Andrew Scott.

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A Blast! Films production

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