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Branch Lines Of Dorset
Duration: 100 mins.

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This DVD continues a series of films which explores the Branch Lines of England, many of which were lost during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Dorset’s lines were shared almost equally between the GWR and the LSWR, and every one is explored on this film. These routes varied from lightly built, rural railways with a low volume of traffic to the Swanage branch, which at times carried main line express locomotives. These railways conveyed goods in and out of the county, provided a vital role during the dark years of warfare and in happier times they allowed holidaymakers and day trippers to enjoy their visit to the seaside.

Format: PAL DVD (for UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand)
Region 1 DVD (for USA and Canada ONLY)
Price: 14.95
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Worcestershire: A Land of Fruitfulness
Duration: 57 mins.

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Worcestershire is perhaps the second 'Garden of England' after Kent.  Enjoy the marvellous diversity of Evesham Vale's scenery and the ancient, impressive Malvern Hills, which dominate the landscape and inspired Elgar to write some of his finest compositions. The historic city of Worcester, with its famous cathedral, is explored in depth. Other places featured include Malvern, Evesham, Bewdley and Droitwich, and we seek out stately homes, and tales of the English Civil War and the Gunpowder Plot.
Price: 11.95
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Herefordshire: A Land For All Seasons
Duration: 57 mins.

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Take a journey of exploration using the changing seasons to guide us through this outstandingly beautiful border county. Here is a portrait of Herefordshire in all its diversity, from its spectacular scenery and interesting towns and villages, to its history, agriculture, cider-making, nature, seasonal events, legends, ghost stories and people. There is a special sequence devoted to the county's best-known treasure, 'The Mappa Mundi' in Hereford Cathedral and we also visit some of the more unusual places which are often overlooked.
Price: 11.95
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Bedminster Through The Ages
Duration: 91 mins

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New light is cast on Bristol’s famous southern suburb by eminent historian Anton Bantock. The story begins when the site of Bristol was still a swamp, and the medieval era is explored at what remains of the area's great manor houses. The building of the New Cut in the early 1800s brought industry to the area and helped to trigger a massive population growth but, as Bedminster expanded, hardship inevitably followed.  Three wonderful local characters recount their priceless tales of the 20th Century in the area, including Alfie Giles, who was born at the end of the First World War. His memories of the area resonate with the humour and spirit of this very special part of Bristol.
 
Format: PAL DVD (for UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand)
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Price: 13.96
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Bristol After The Bombs Volume 2
Duration: 101 mins

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As featured on ITV's West Country Tonight! The second volume of a series which explores how Bristol arose in the 1950s from the ashes of the Blitz. New places to live and work were desperately required, as were improved road systems. Areas featured include Redcliffe, Clifton, Kingsdown, Barton Hill, Bedminster and Brislington. Local historian Mike Hooper guides us through these dramatic changes and, in addition to almost an hour of archive footage, maps, photographs and modern film provide the perfect ‘past and present’ comparison. 

Format: PAL DVD (for UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand)
Region 1 DVD (for USA and Canada ONLY)
Price: 14.95
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Hampshire At War
Duration: 106 mins

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In the early hours of June 6th 1944 allied troops landed on the coast of northern France. Located directly opposite the Normandy beaches, Hampshire would become the main springboard for Operation Overlord, the code name for the invasion of occupied Europe.

But in telling the story of Hampshire at War, this fascinating DVD goes right back to the start of hostilities, on a geographical journey around many locations throughout the county, all of which played a key role towards ultimate victory. This is the compelling story of a county, and a country, fighting for survival.

Format: PAL DVD (for UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand)
Region 1 DVD (for USA and Canada ONLY)
Price: 14.95
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Railway Roundabout (4 DVDs)
Duration: 8 hrs.

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The definitive 8-hour collection of the superb BBC series, which travelled all over Britain filming the greatest locomotives, railways, stations and trains in operation during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Includes a 3 hr retrospective revisiting the series with the original programme maker. Essential for every British railway enthusiast!
Price: 29.95
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Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection (3 DVDs)
Duration: 7 hrs. 18 mins.

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Steeplejack Fred Dibnah, who became a national celebrity, allways had a passion for steam railways. This collection brings together, for the first time, unseen footage shot for the BBC, divided into three programmes. The Story Of Britain's Railways: Fred's own unique take on the history of the nation's railways, from wagon ways to the museums and preserved lines today. Great Little Steam Railways: Fred recollects his boyhood passion for steam railways. Made in Britain: a celebration of the skills of building, maintaining and restoring great steam locomotives. 

Price: 24.95
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Steaming Through Dorset
Duration: 60 mins.

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A selection of archive films covering the whole county of Dorset, including the Swanage Branch, the Main Line out of Weymouth, the Portland Branch and the Weymouth Quay line, the Bridport Branch and the line north to Yeovil. The DVD includes memories of steam operation in Dorset, from the branch lines to Swanage, Bridport and Portland, to the Weymouth Quay line, main lines and the Somerset & Dorset.
Price: 14.95
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The Lost Betjemans
Duration: 115 mins.

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This DVD brings together six of the twelve films made by the late Poet Laureate John Betjeman about his beloved West Country. Included are delightful portrayals of Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Malmesbury and Marlborough. 


Price: 14.95
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Dixon Of Dock Green: Collection One (2 DVDs, Subtitles, Cert 12)
Duration: 5 hrs. 35 mins.

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One of the longest running police series on British television between 1955 and 1976, Dixon of Dock Green was also the best-loved. Starring the popular Jack Warner in the role of Sergeant George Dixon, the series set the tone for television police drama and paved the way for all that would follow. In these first available colour episodes, the Dock Green police deal with cases as diverse as a vanished policeman; a mysterious assailant of young women; police protection of a witness to murder and a charming crook with friends in the right places.
Price: 19.96
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Variety Acts & Turns Of The Early 1930s (2 Discs)
Duration: 6 hrs.

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A comprehensive 6 hr celebration of the glorious golden age of British Variety, from the earliest era of sound cinema. The very best artistes are featured, and many of these performances have rarely been seen since they were shown as part of the Pathé cinema newsreels of the day. Performers include baritone Lance Fairfax, Robb Wilton and his comic Charlie Chaplin, Sophie Tucker, Charles Coburn, Mantovani and dozens more!

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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.
Price: 14.95
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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.

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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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