Fwd: BBC Questionnaire

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:30:39 -0700 (PDT)

Hullo all. Normally, this kind of thing should be posted to videonews, but
I think it's interesting enough to warrant putting up on the "big list"...

The prospect of resuscitating older BBC stuff is pretty cool...

gary handman

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>Subject: BBC Questionnaire
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>Hi Gary,
>
>Here is the email on this concept that we spoke about. I would be very
>grateful if you could circulate among the Video Roundtable. They can email
>their responses to me at tomcarver@mindspring.com
>
>Many thanks for your help in this.
>
>
>BBC PROPOSAL
>
>The BBC is proposing to package and market the best of its documentary
>archives in a thematic form.
>
>Each package would contain 10-15 of the BBC¹s most important documentaries
>on a common theme.
>
>The price for a single package would be at a steep discount to what it would
>cost to buy each of the documentary titles individually.
>
>You can find an example of the titles (totally more than 20 hours of video)
>that would be included in a English Literature package at the bottom of this
>email.
>
>6 Questions:
>
>1. Would you be interested in buying this kind of multi-title package
>focused on a single theme?
>
>2. Please indicate which of the following areas you might be interested in
>buying (yes or no):
>
>… English Literature
>… Western Art
>… Business Ethics
>… Global Terrorism
>… America Abroad: American Foreign Policy in 20c
>… Globalization
>… Middle East
>… China
>
>3. The expected price is around $500 per package. Would you be likely to buy
>more packages if they were priced at $100 instead? (please indicate if you
>are representing a Public Library)
>
>4. Would you prefer to receive the material on DVD or VHS?
>
>5. Are there any particular BBC titles you would like to see included in the
>offerings?
>
>6. Are there any BBC films which you would like to buy at the moment but
>cannot get through the normal distribution channels?
>
>
>THE ENGLISH LITERATURE PACKAGE:
>
>Last Journey of John Keats
>(Omnibus)
>Date : 1995
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>In 1820, John Keats, one of England's finest poets, was advised by doctors
>to travel to Italy for the healthier climate - he was dying of tuberculosis.
>In this programme, Keats' biographer, Andrew Motion, retraces the poet's
>tortuous trip to Naples and Rome, where he died aged only 25. Extracts from
>poems and letters written by Keats create a realistic portrait of a young
>man of ideas and passion.
>
>Byron: A Personal Tour
>Date : 1981
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 90 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>The lifes and loves of Lord Byron are traced in this compelling dramatised
>documentary presented by Author Frederick Raphael. Whilst his outrageous
>lifestyle shocked contemporary society, Byron's poetry, although criticised
>on moral grounds, was immensely popular. Shot in many beautiful locations
>associated with Byron, the programme concentrates particularly on the middle
>years of his career, his marriage and its subsequent collapse, his exile and
>death in Greece, where he is still venerated as a national hero.
>
>Charlotte Bronte Unmasked
>(Bookmark)
>Date : 1995
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre, was thought to have gone to her grave
>unphotographed, but in recent years photographs allegedly of her have
>appeared. The new image of a formidable woman is far removed from the
>romantic figure of the biographies. This programme goes in search of the
>real woman behind the disputed image.
>
>Stevenson's Travels
>(Omnibus)
>Date : 1994
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 2 x Video )
>
>In his books Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll
>and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson created the popular classics of his day.
>Omnibus celebrates the life and work of the first great screenwriter -
>Stevenson.
>
>Jane Austen, Presumption
>(Omnibus)
>Date : 1995
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>This comprehensive biography of Jane Austen, the first indisputable genius
>of the English novel, visits the gracious stately home of her brothers, the
>ballrooms of her friends and the beach at Sidmouth where she fell in love.
>
>If - A Film About Rudyard Kipling
>(Omnibus)
>Date : 1997
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>No modern childhood is complete without the likes of Mowgli, Bagheera and
>Sher Khan, creations of Rudyard Kipling in his best-selling classic The
>Jungle Book. Omnibus follows the intriguing story of his lost novel of India
>and one of the most misunderstood writers of the 20th century. Mace Richards
>visits the beautiful country home Kipling once lived in, and picks up a few
>clues about his first novel, Mathor Maturin, a work that did not seem to
>exist in the author's published canon.
>
>Nightmare - The Birth of Horror
>Date : 1996
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 4 x Video )
>
>This series, written and presented by award-winning broadcaster Professor
>Christopher Frayling, investigates the true origins of our favourite gothic
>novels. These best-selling books have thrived in industriessuch as film,
>stage-production, television, comics, advertising and toys, but just how
>much have the original works been altered since their conception to how they
>are represented today? 1) Frankenstein 2) Dracula 3) Jekyll and Hyde 4) The
>Hound of the Baskervilles
>
>One Man's History: Orwell's Animal Farm
>Date : 1975
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 30 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>Why did Orwell write an animal fantasy? This programme explains that he
>wanted to write a history of Russia from 1917 - 1940 in simple terms. To do
>this he chose to use an allegory, using animals for the main protagonists.
>The programme uses extracts from the animated film version of 'Animal Farm'
>and archive footage and stills of the Russian Revolution and World War II to
>illustrate Orwell's analogies.
>
>Ploughboy of the Western World, The
>(Omnibus)
>Date : 1996
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 1 x Video )
>
>To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, this video
>explores the life and work of one of Britain's most radical songwriters and
>poets, uncovering what are claimed to be unattributed Burns poems.
>
>Samuel Beckett - As the Story was Told
>(Bookmark)
>Date : 1996
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 55 mins ( 2 x Video )
>
>The veil of secrecy surrounding one of this century's most famous and
>original writers is lifted in this unique insight into the world of Samuel
>Beckett. Manuscripts of his most famous works, a series of previously
>unpublished letters and remarkable photographs contribute to making this
>programme an intimate portrait of a dramatic and original writer.
>
>Great Writers of the Twentieth Century
>Date : 1997
>Certificate : Uc
>Episode Length : 50 mins ( 25 x Video )
>
>A series of accessible profiles on the giants of twentieth century fiction,
>featuring unique, in-depth insights into their lives and work from close
>relatives, friends and world class experts. Using extensive archive footage
>this series is both educational and historical.
>
>1) DH Lawrence
>2) Virginia Woolf
>3) F Scott Fitzgerald
>4) James Joyce
>5) Ernest Hemingway
>6) William Burroughs
>7) Bertolt Brecht
>8) George Orwell
>9) Graham Greene
>10) Dylan Thomas
>11) HG Wells
>12) Raymond Chandler
>13) Robert Graves
>14) Angela Carter
>15) James Baldwin
>16) Raymond Carver
>17) Norman Mailer
>18) Alexander Solzhenitsyn
>19) William Golding
>20) VS Naipaul
>21) Vladimir Nabokov
>22) Evelyn Waugh
>23) Aldous Huxley
>24) Primo Levi
>25) EM Forster

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC