A small corner of Bucks is our answer to Hollywood
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.
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