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In 1924 pioneering filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene embarked on an intrepid road trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats via Weston-super-Mare. He recorded his journey on film, using an experimental colour process. Eighty years after this trip, the BBC recreated the journey, and in this three-part series Dan Cruickshank retraces Claude’s route through the heart of Britain.
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In the mid-1920s, pioneering film-maker Claude Friese-Greene made a series of films during an intrepid drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the early days of the motor car. Claude’s remarkable films were shot in pioneering colour using a process he’d invented himself at a time when the world was filmed in black and white. In this three part series, The Lost World of Friese-Greene, presenter Dan Cruickshank traces the original route in a vintage car, tracking down relatives of the people who appear in the films. Dan also shows footage to people who appeared in the films as children and are seeing themselves on film for the first time 80 years later. Film one starts in the West Country, as Dan Cruickshank uncovers radical changes in rural traditions from cider-making to stag hunting and takes a look back at holiday fun at the seaside. Film two picks up his journey in Cirencester, travels onwards to Wales through the Midlands, and North to Lancashire and the Lakes. In the final episode, he journeys through Scotland, meeting local experts and descendants of people in the films, with breathtaking scenery all the way. This unique archive of Friese-Greene’s footage, preserved and restored by the BFI, reveals many things in the UK that have changed in 80 years, as well as, surprisingly, what has remained.