Synth Britannia

 

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Depeche Mode

 

Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.

In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists includingthe Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard, and they dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.

The crossover moment came in 1979 when Gary Numan’s appearance on Top of the Pops with Tubeway Army’s Are ‘Friends’ Electric? heralded the arrival of synthpop. Four lads from Basildon known as Depeche Mode would come to own the new sound whilst post-punk bands like Ultravox, Soft Cell, OMD and Yazoo took the synth out of the pages of NME and onto the front page of Smash Hits.

By 1983, acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order were showing that the future of electronic music would lie in dance music.

 

 

Kings and Queens of England

 

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In six episodes this documentary series covers the 41 kings and queens of England from 1066 to the present — almost 1000 years of monarchs. It shows how the history of the UK was reflected by the history of their monarchs. This program covers the more intimate natures of the persons behind the monarchy. It shows how those privileged few have shaped the UK and made the UK what it is today. The six episodes are (1) Normans to Magna Carta (1066-1216); (2) Middle Ages (1216-1485); (3) The Tudors (1485-1603); (4) The Stuarts (1603-1714); (5) The Hanoverians (1714-1837); and (6) The Moderns (1837-Present)
 

 

Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn

 

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Documentary about Errol Flynn, the romantic star of dozens of Hollywood swashbucklers, whose real life was even more adventurous than his films. In a life dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Flynn became notorious for his love affairs, scandals and rebellious nature. But he was also a fine writer of novels and journalism, writing well-reviewed novels, and reporting from wars and revolutions. Among his scoops was the first interview with the newly-victorious Fidel Castro, tracked down to his mountain hideaway in Cuba.