Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,

This month Renown Pictures release a wonderful new DVD box set: The GLIMPSES Collection Volume 4. This is the fourth collection, three discs full of glimpses of British history, available on DVD for the very first time. These extracts of time are wonderful and there are hours of entertainment in this box set all for just £20 including beautiful Rural Britain in the 1940s, A European Holiday in the 50s in a stylish Sunbeam Rapier, the Monte Carlo Rally (1965) and a 1970s film on the perils of being a motorcyclist.

We are delighted to announce our line up to those of you lucky people with tickets for our festival in St Albans, The 7th  Renown Pictures Festival of Film, Sunday 22nd March. Your hosts will be the gorgeous Vicki Michelle MBE and the charming Frazer Hines. Guests are Melvyn Hayes from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, every mother’s favourite, Jess Conrad OBE and from Some Mothers Do ’Ave ‘Em, Michele Dotrice who will be interviewed by the very lovely Jenny Hanley. Dear Barry Cryer OBE will also be joining us on stage and we will be showing two unseen shorts, one featuring Dora Bryan OBE, the other featuring Bernard Cribbins OBE. There will also be two lost British films on the big screen: Who Killed The Cat? a brilliant 1960s crime film with Mervyn Johns and Vanda Godsell and The Turners of Prospect Road, a 1947 British drama film starring Wilfrid Lawson and Helena Pickard; both unseen since their original release plus vintage adverts and tributes to stars we have lost. Our dear friends Brian Murphy and Linda Regan will be officially opening the show and lovely Lola Lamour will sing some nostalgic numbers. There will be lots of stalls with film bargains and memorabilia, plus a tea room! Just a reminder that there will be no tickets on the door on the day.

Our 8th Festival of Film returns to Stockport on Sunday October 4th 2020 for a whole day with celebrity hosts and guests, films and shorts all set in the stunning art deco gem that is The Plaza. Last year many people stayed in Stockport the night before and I know some weren’t sure what to do and where to eat, so this year we are holding a FILM QUIZ! Saturday 3rd October with Afternoon Tea at 1pm till 4pm or join us in the evening for Dinner and a Film Quiz 7pm till 10pm – more details on page 21. Tickets to The Plaza event on the Sunday and the Film Quiz are ON SALE NOW! They are limited however, especially the film quiz, which will be such a friendly event – come and test your film and TV history knowledge and make friends.

It’s been a very sad time here at HQ as we lost our dear friends Christopher Beeny, Tony Garnett and Derek Fowlds to the great green room in the sky – all  of whom have been guests at our events and have become friends over the years. We also learnt of the death of Alexander Davion from Gideon’s Way and of course more recently dear Nicholas Parsons and the multi-talented Terry Jones. All of these stars contributed greatly to film and TV history and we promise to do our bit to keep their memories alive.

A host of premières are coming up on the Talking Pictures TV channel including, Oliver Reed in The Scarlet Blade on Saturday 15th February at 4pm & Friday 21st Feb at 7:20pm; Glynis Johns & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in thriller State Secret on Saturday 15th February at 5:40pm and Thursday 20th February at 2:30pm. James Mason is in Spring and Port Wine on Wednesday 19th February at 10:05pm and Thursday 27th Feb at 22:00 and Christopher Lee is Rasputin the Mad Monk on Friday 21st Feb at 10pm. David Essex makes his first star film appearance in That’ll Be The Day on Monday 24th February at 10pm with a rock’n’roll cast including Ringo Starr; Alastair Sim takes a family to task in An Inspector Calls on Saturday 29th February at 3.50pm and epic mini-series, Reilly, Ace of Spies, starring Sam Neill, begins on Tuesday 25th February at 9pm.

There are lots of exciting articles and special offers in this month’s free magazine, which will be moving to the middle of the month like this one to help us get everything organised. Our listings and premières are always on our website six weeks in advance: www.talkingpicturestv.co.uk and special offers and articles on our Renown website: www.renownfilms.co.uk. With all that’s going on in the world, enjoy your moments of escapism on Talking Pictures TV. As always, please keep on spreading the word about the channel, bombard your local papers and radio stations, pop in to local groups and tell them about it!

Wishing you all the best, Sarah, Noel, and Neill


The Renown Pictures

GLIMPSES Collection Volume Four

From the 1920s to the 1970s, we present a journey through Britain, travelling via road and rail. We encounter famous faces and enjoy fashion styles, transport and events of the time. Further afield we make a trip to Europe, the USA and Australia. There’s something for all interests and tastes, including horticulture, animation and music.

Disc One – 227 mins

1930s Car Racing Around the World A visit to classic race tracks.

Beautiful Rural Britain in the 1940s Picturesque rural England. 

Camera Magic (1947) The ‘magic’ making of films.

England in 1929 Dover to London, Hyde Park, Drury Lane and beyond.

Let’s Visit Lancashire A nostalgic salute to Lancashire, 40s and 50s. 

London Docks and The River Thames (1950)  The Port of London.

Miss Bikini Made around 1951, a look at the new style of swimsuit.

Sam’s Medal (1936) Animation, narrated by Stanley Holloway. 

Scarborough (1930) Archive footage of Scarborough in the ’30s.

Stars on Parade (1948) Morden Hall Park, a party with the stars! 

Treetop Daredevils 1940s Techniques used by lumberjacks. 

War Time London London in war time, shot around 1944.

West Country Gazette (1948) St Austell, the Port of Bristol and the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show.

The Apollon, Newcastle (1957) Footage of the Apollon Cargo ship. 

Church Street Market (1964) Footage of the Edgware Road market.

Monte Carlo Rally (1965) The star racing drivers of the early ’60s.

Ancient Stones (1948) The history of our Churches. 

Bridlington in 1936 Bempton, a pony and trap ride and a ferry trip.

Canterbury Remarkable shots of Canterbury in the 1930s.

Development of the English Railways (1936)

The evolution of the English Railways from colliery freight trains.

Dog Breeds of the 1940s Popular dog breeds with puppies galore!

How Talkies Talk (1935) How sound is recorded in ‘talking’ pictures.

Traffic Signals 1950s motoring in London, Middlesex and Bucks.

Kent in the 1970s Shops, fashion styles and a young Prince Charles.

Disc Two – 227 mins

Helford Oysters 1950s, the journey from the oyster beds to delivery.

Torquay in 1933 A journey around the local coastline.

The Tufty Club Early animation on swimming at the seaside.

S.G. Iron Hull 1958 S.G. Iron and the future of cast iron.

How a Bicycle is Made A 1940s film about Raleigh bicycles.

Jig-Saw: Careless Talk Costs Lives Starring Jimmy Hanley and Dinah Sheridan; a Navy film from 1944 about the dangers of careless talk.

King of the Keyboard 1943 The great English pianist, Arthur Dulay.

Summertime in Sweden in 1939 Daily life in the ’30s.

Sunbeam Rapier brings you ‘A European Holiday in the 50s’ We travel in a stylish Sunbeam Rapier through Europe.

Sussex Fortnight (1950)  A trip by bicycle through Sussex.

The History of the Record Industry – It’s in the Groove! (1949)  The record industry, from the phonograph to LP & single.

1920s Chester Footage shot by a professional, reflecting a bygone era.

1920s Windsor A fascinating insight into Windsor between the wars.

1950s Kitchen Hygiene Helpful information and advice on hygiene.

Crystal Palace, the Great Fire of 1936 Amateur footage of the fire.

Devon in the 1950s A nostalgic coastal trip.

Glimpses of 1950s Devon Plymouth, Looe and a trip to Fowey.

Padstow & Newquay Captured in colour by an amateur cameraman.

Brighton in the 1930s Vintage amateur footage.

John and Betty and the Magic Dog The perils of crossing the road.

1950s London Oxford Street, Grosvenor Square and Piccadilly.

A London River Bus trip in the late 1940s Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Paul’s, Waterloo Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

The Nine Elms Locomotive Shed 1960 A tour of the famous depot.

Snipshots An early silent animation made in 1935.

Disc Three – 227 mins

Ancient Cathedrals English cathedrals in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Safety First in 1938 The survival of British plants in harsh winters.

The British Salmon Fishing Industry 1940s From stream to plate.

Seeing Motorcycles 1970s film on the perils of being a motorcyclist.

A 1960s Driving Lesson Filmed around Wiltshire in a Morris Minor. 

Glimpses of Blackpool in 1974 A trip to Blackpool and Preston.

How Television Works 1951 Early public information film.

Ice Champions Wembley Ice Rink and champion skaters. 

Ireland In the 1940s People, traditions and industries. 

Learning to Live The education system in Britain in 1941. 

Liverpool & London in 1930 A nostalgic journey in an Austin 7.

London in the 1960s A fantastic snapshot documentary.

Motor Salesmanship in the 1930s Inside British Motor Factories.

The New ‘Light Orchestras’ of Radio in 1939 A Golden Age.

Portugal in 1951 Historic Lisbon, The Cork Forests, folklore traditions.

Rome: The Eternal City 1947 Castle Films ‘World Parade’ film.

Speed Easy Early ’70s, a film on riding a motorcycle in Ireland. 

Storing Vegetables Outdoors 1941 How to build an outside larder.

The History of the Movies A fascinating 1950s insight.

The Honey Blossom Trail 1950s film about Australian bee keepers.

The Telephone at Work 1970s film, features a host of familiar faces.

The Voice of Experience – If I Could Sing Again1930s crime short which features ‘The Radio Announcer’, a voice recognised by millions. London in the late 1930s/1940s Amateur footage with many of the familiar iconic landmarks, plus some period ‘people watching’ footage.


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