A small cor­ner of Bucks is our an­swer to Hol­ly­wood

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Above, Hat­tie Jaques and Ken­neth Wil­liams, in Carry on Teacher and be­low, a scene from Carry on Sergeant A CEL­E­BRA­TION of Pinewood Stu­dios’ history and con­tri­bu­tion to Bri­tish life was broad­cast on the BBC.

The hour long doc­u­men­tary, en­ti­tled Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic, was broad­cast on BBC Two on Satur­day, June 6, and pre­sented by Jonathan Ross.

The show looked at the history of the fa­mous s stu­dios in Iver Heath, as well as some of the most fa fa­mous pro­duc­tions which h have been shot there, in in­clud­ing the James Bond se se­ries, Su­per­man and re re­cent block­busters such a as Les Mis­er­ables and the B Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum.

It fea­tured in­ter­views with some of the stars who filmed some of their m most fa­mous roles there, in in­clud­ing Joan Collins an and Bar­bara Wind­sor.

It also gave an in­sight in into the film mak­ing pro­cesses at the site, with Ross try­ing his hand as a stunt driver with teams that have worked on James Bond help­ing him out, as well as look­ing into com­puter gen­er­ated ef­fects, and how the site’s fa­mous un­der­wa­ter stage is used.

In the show, Ross calls Pinewood: “Just 20 miles from Lon­don, in a quiet cor­ner of Buck­ing­hamshire, lies 90 acres of land that is Bri­tain’s an­swer to Hol­ly­wood.

“Hid­den by trees, and sur­rounded by fences, Pinewood Stu­dios clearly guards its se­crets, un­til now, as I’ve been given the keys to the king­dom.

“I’ve fi­nally got the chance to ex­plore this in­cred­i­ble place and dis­cover the magic be­hind some of the great­est movies ever made.”

Ross also spends part of the pro­gramme chat­ting to James Bond pro­ducer Michael G Wil­son about the fran­chise

Jonathan Ross with Bar­bara Wind­sor and left, with Hay­ley Mills and the up­com­ing in­stal­ment Spec­tre, as well cur­rent Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris.

The show looks at the history of the site, from its begin­nings be­ing set up in the 1930s by J Arthur Rank, through the dif­fi­cult war years, to the start of the Bond films in the 1960s, and on through the ‘70s and ‘80s to the present day, when it regularly at­tracts some of the big­gest block­busters on the planet.

There was even a sneak peak at the new Star Wars film, shot at the stu­dios, which is due out later this year.

The pro­gramme is avail­able to watch online by go­ing to www.bbc.co. uk/iplayer.


Photos by Roy Mor­ris


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