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Branch Lines Of Somerset
Duration: 101 mins.

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1st Take’s series of films exploring the Branch Lines of England now takes us to Somerset, as we explore over 160 years of rail travel in the county, with the help of rare archive material and a whistle-stop tour of sites of interest today. Most of Somerset’s branch lines were closed during or before Beeching’s cuts of the 1960s, and these are examined in depth on our journey, from the 792-yard branch at Dunball Wharf near Bridgwater to the industrial railways of North Somerset, the Bristol to Portishead branch, the Cheddar Valley or ‘Strawberry’ Line and the Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead Railway. 

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Price: 14.95
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Bristol's Great War
Duration: 90 mins

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This souvenir DVD commemorates the centenary of the start of the First World War, by examining the contribution and sacrifices made by the people of Bristol, both at home and overseas. As a major city, and one of Britain’s two main Atlantic ports, Bristol’s role was significant: 55,000 of her men went to war, of whom 6,000 would never return, while her brave seamen defied U-Boats to bring in vital food supplies. Bristol also produced numerous vital products for the war effort, from cigarettes and chocolate to aircraft, munitions and mustard gas, and women began to take on what was previously seen as ‘men’s work’.nary of the start of the First World War, by examining the contribution and sacrifices made by the people of Bristol, both at home and overseas. Bristol also produced numerous vital products for the war effort, from cigarettes and chocolate to aircraft, munitions and mustard gas, and women began to take on what was previously seen as ‘men’s work’.

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Discovering Somerset (Volume 1)
Duration: 104 mins.

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Celebrate the visual beauty, rich heritage and hidden treasures of Somerset with Glastonbury-based author Henry Buckton. Beginning in the north of the county, this first volume of an exciting new series includes visits to ancient hill forts and long barrows, the sites of medieval castles, historic battlefields and the spectacular limestone gorge at Cheddar. See also how Bath grew from a small Roman spa town to a beautiful Georgian city, how small coastal villages like Clevedon and Weston-Super-Mare became premier seaside resorts and so much more....


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The New Forest At War
Duration: 90 mins

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Many of the 14 million visitors who enjoy the magnificent scenery of the New Forest today will be unaware of the pivotal role played by the area during the Second World War, as now revealed by the most extensive film ever produced on the subject, which benefits from a wide range of high quality interviewees and specialist contributors.

Format: PAL DVD (for UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand)
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The Route Masters (2 DVDs)
Duration: 5 hrs.

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With access to 20,000 transport workers - bus drivers, cabbies, road menders and special police units - we see how London really works. There are 23 million journeys in the city every day, and this warm, character-driven, BAFTA-nominated series introduces us to those whose job it is to keep London moving. We cut between the all-seeing eye of the control room and seemingly incompatible transport sub-cultures - from cabbies who resent the ever-increasing number of cyclists, to hard-working surface repair teams who face nightly abuse from drivers stuck in rush-hour gridlock. That the city’s roads work as well as they do is more than impressive, it’s an everyday miracle!

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The Railway - Keeping Britain Back On Track (2 DVDs)
Duration: 5 hrs.

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Britain has the oldest and one of the busiest railways in the world, with over 1.3 billion journeys every year. Whether it’s delays, overcrowding or fare rises, we all love to complain about the trains: used to being the butt of complaints, the rail industry has always kept itself behind closed doors, until now. With unprecedented access to Network Rail, train companies including Virgin, East Coast, First Great Western and Northern, and the British Transport Police, this six part documentary series goes behind the scenes of one of Britain’s biggest institutions. Filmed over a year and across the country, this candid series gets to know the track-workers, train guards and management who are battling to keep Britain moving - where anything from suicidal people or an unlucky pheasant, to faulty signalling, cable thieves and mother nature can all bring the railway to a grinding halt. These are the people on the frontline who have the unenviable task of managing a congested, complex and often outdated system. Told with humour, warmth and honesty, this DVD set reveals what’s really going on when we’re left fuming on the platform.
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The Underground (2 DVDs)
Duration: 5 hrs.

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This documentary goes behind the scenes of the world’s oldest, biggest and busiest underground train network, during the biggest overhaul in its history. Made with unique access to London Underground, this series takes us to places we’ve always wanted to see - behind hoardings to reveal massive new engineering works, inside the command centre to find out what running the world’s most complex train set is really like, and into the hidden world of the Tube at night. The series follows key members of the Tube’s 19,000 staff, and with £10 billion currently being spent on the biggest upgrade of any rail network ever, we show how the process of dragging a Victorian infrastructure kicking and screaming into the 21st century doesn’t always run on rails.
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Norman Wisdom: Live On Stage (Cert U)
Duration: 57 mins.

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Forty years a household name and Britain's best loved comedian, Sir Norman Wisdom was the most astonishing phenomenon in post-war British entertainment. With his undiminished ability to delight and enchant audiences, Sir Norman displays the full range of his talents in this great live stage performance - clowning, joking, and singing some of his best loved songs, including his own compositions. He also plays the saxophone, piano, trumpet, clarinet, posthorn and drums just as well as he plays the fool.
Price: 12.95
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Variety Acts & Turns Of The Mid 1930s
Duration: 3 hrs. 18 mins.

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A comprehensive three hours plus celebration of a glorious age of British Variety featuring the very best performers and singers from radio, music hall and the theatre! Performances rarely seen since they were shown in the Pathé cinema newsreels of the day. Artistes include the Mantovani Orchestra, comedian Bert Weston, Arthur Askey, double act Bennett and Williams, actor Tod Slaughter, Naunton Wayne, Ronald Frankau, Leslie Henson, Bob and Alf Pearson and many, many more.
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About 1st Take Ltd.

1st Take was established in 1993 by Dave Rogers, a history graduate, and Andy Warren, a cameraman and technician. Since that time we have worked closely with historical societies and specialist authors to create a fascinating range of DVDs. After gaining local success with videos on Yate and Chipping Sodbury, we made films on other areas in and around Bristol, before broadening our horizons to focus on subjects such as Aviation, Railways, Trams, Buses, Shipping and the Second World War. We have also made films celebrating Village Life in days gone by, and a series of four volumes entitled Discovering Dorset. All our early work is now available on DVD and we are constantly making new titles every year, as well as showcasing work from other film-makers of a similar nature.

The 1st Take Collection  

You can choose from a wide range of historical DVDs including Railway DVDs, Aviation DVDs, Tram & Bus DVDs, Other Transport DVDs, British Heritage 



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Whatever you need filmed, edited, transferred or copied ­ 1st Take does it for you! We offer a large range of services including Graduation Day Filming, Football Match Filming, Cine to DVD Conversion and Creation of Corporate DVDs.



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