Aug 122016
 

Filming with Escape to the Country 2Today we had the pleasure of filming with the team from the hit BBC show ‘Escape to the Country’ and Presenter Jonnie Irwin.

We have filmed with many media organisations in the past seven years but these guys had really done their homework and came to the site fully prepped.

Filming with Escape to the Country 1The small production team interviewed our Coleshill expert Bill Ashby (Above) and with the help of National Trust Volunteers Roger Green and Bob Marchant (Below) they explored inside the new replica Operational Base.

Filming with Escape to the Country 3

A short behind the scenes video can be seen below. It is thought the episode will air in about six months time.

Dec 012014
 

James Bond Writers to Adapt Len Deighton Novel ‘SS-GB’ for BBC

[Source: Variety.com]

ssgbThe BBC has commissioned Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, the writers of the last five James Bond films, to adapt Len Deighton’s novel “SS-GB.”

The series for flagship channel BBC One comprises five one-hour episodes. It is set in an imaginary Britain controlled by the Nazis, if Germany had occupied the country. It centers on a police detective caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.

Sid Gentle Films, whose creative director is former Carnival Films exec Sally Woodward Gentle, is exec producing with Lee Morris.

It is part of a slate of projects to be unveiled later today by BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson.

Jan 172014
 

hereford_worcesterThis morning we spoke to Howard & Toni on the breakfast show of BBC Hereford & Worcester about our research in those counties.

You can see more info on the patrols in Herefordshire here and more on the Worcestershire patrols here.

The radio interview can be listened to here.

Thanks for the coverage guys.

Feb 022013
 

Whilst preparing research material for a new information board CART is producing on Mabel Stranks and the Highworth Post Office, we came across this film from 2006.

It was part of the BBC’s ‘History Mysteries’ series and was aired on BBC2 on the 24/12006.

Whilst the film is fairly inaccurate in places they have interviewed some good people along the way and it gives you a go broad insight into the Auxiliary Units.

Well worth a watch. Learn more about Mabel here.

Aug 292012
 

Next week sees the return of the next instalment of the BBC’s popular Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm series. This time it is Wartime Farm. At least one episode feature Steve Mason, our CIO for Hampshire. Steve plays the part of an Intelligence Officer. The show also features scenes of Auxiliary Unit Re-enactors including Gerry Sutcliffe who has worked with CART a lot.

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In a new eight-part series, historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take on their biggest challenge yet – to turn back the clock and run Manor Farm exactly as it would have been during the Second World War. They will face one of the biggest challenges ever seen in the history of the British countryside – what Churchill called ‘the frontline of freedom’.

As well as tackling the trials of day to day living in volatile times, the team will be managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies and learning the basics of civil defence, while all the time confronting shortages.

The first episode finds the farmers in a new location, a new time period and with a new team member. There is a farmhouse to modernise, strict new rules to abide by and air raid precautions to contend with.
The team begin by reclaiming land to grow new crops, whilst Peter works with a blacksmith to design a special ‘mole plough’ to help drain the waterlogged clay fields. Meanwhile Ruth and Alex get to grips with a troublesome wartime tractor – and must plough through the night to get the wheat crop sown in time.

During World War II farmers were tasked with the massive job of doubling food production,

but their detailed knowledge of the landscape also made them ideal recruits for one of the war’s most secret organisations – the ‘Auxiliary Units’, a British resistance force trained to use guerrilla tactics against German invasion.

Wartime Farm was co-produced with The Open University. (Source: BBC)

Dec 162010
 

The three part BBC One series called ‘Dig 1940’ will reveal more about the Yorkshire Auxiliary Units on December 29th at 7.30 (except Scotland)

The series started last night and is looking deeper into key events during 1940. It is presented by Jules Hudson.

Writer Alan Williamson, author of ‘East Riding Secret Resistance‘, will take Jules into an Operational Base in Yorkshire. More info on the programme can be seen here