In Tudor times the majority of houses were timber framed but only a few survive today. Abbey Lane in Warwickshire is a forgotten gem. Believed to date from the early 16th century, this house is not formally protected as a listed building and when it was put on the market, it was obvious it needed a lot of work.
Professional couple Sally and Stuart had been searching for their ideal family home. They saw past the decay, recognised Abbey Lane's potential and bought it.
The puzzle surrounding Abbey Lane is that its timber frame is unusually elm and not oak. Other architectural features indicate that it was more than a family house. One thing is for certain, the condition of the timber skeleton is shockingly frail and half of the rear frame needs rebuilding.
Six months after purchasing the property, Sally and Stuart set about restoring Abbey Lane to its former glory. But as costs slip and work stops, Sally and Stuart start to wonder if they'll manage to turn Abbey Lane into their dream home.
Presented by Caroline Quentin. Executive Producer: Annette Clarke. Director and Series Producer: Joff Wilson.
Upstairs Downstairs: The Last Waltz
Sunday, 3 February 2013
As 165 Eaton Place prepares for the annual Servant's Ball, Mr Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough) enjoys a romance with fellow servant Miss Whisset (Sarah Lancashire), and starts to wonder if there's more to life than service. With war looming, Harry has a proposition for Beryl (Laura Haddock), however a shock revelation threatens to thwart their plans.
Meanwhile, as Lady Persie (Claire Foy) and Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard) continue their dangerous affair, Sir Hallam is about to discover just how destructive his actions have been...
A BBC/Masterpiece co-production. Directors: Mark Jobst, Brendan Maher & Anthony Byrne. Producer: Annie Tricklebank. Executive Producers: Faith Penhale & Heidi Thomas.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Tired of feeling excluded and derided by the rest of society, Adam (Tom Hollander) is thrilled to meet Leon (Colin Salmon) who is keen to get married at St Saviour's.
Leon sees past the dog collar and a friendship develops, with the pair sharing pints in the local pub and even jogging together. But the 'bromance' comes to a crashing halt at an embarrassing dinner party when Adam discovers that his wife, Alex (Olivia Colman), went to college with Leon - and they did something naughty in a rather surprising place.
Tom Hollander as Adam, Olivia Colman as Alex, Steve Evets as Colin, Simon McBurney as Archdeacon, Miles Jupp as Nigel, Lucy Liemann as Ellie, Hugh Bonneville as Roland Wise, Ellen Thomas as Adoha, Alexander Armstrong as Patrick Yam, Colin Salmon as Leon.
Created by Tom Hollander and James Wood; Writers James Wood, Jonathan Harvey; Director Peter Cattaneo; Producers Kenton Allen, Hannah Pescod; Executive Producer Matthew Justice.
From PBS's American Masters series, Ric Burns's Emmy Award-winning portrait of America's most influential artist of the latter half of the 20th century was the first film to exploit the immense archives at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. It was also the first film to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol's astonishing artistic output, stretching five decades from the late 1940s to his untimely death in the 1980s.
New York Magazine described the film as ‘Hypnotic, powerful and revealing’ and Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote ‘the movie is an entirely absorbing, occasionally revelatory portrait of a brilliant talent driven to greatness by an inner chorus of demons and angels.’
The four-hour film is showing over two weeks and is narrated by Laurie Anderson with Jeff Koons as the voice of Warhol.
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film is a co-production of Steeplechase Films, Daniel Wolf, High Line Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York. (2 x 120mins)