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BBC Documentaries

Season 1987 1987

  • 1987-01-02T21:00:00Z on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 7 hours, 0 mins (7 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Documentaries produced by or for the BBC.

7 episodes

1987x01 On The Piste

  • Season Premiere

    1987-01-02T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary about the British on the ski slopes of Europe.

A BBC documentary from 1987 tracing the history of Britan's famous Hammer studio. Interestingly, the title implies that the BBC was not immune from the common confusion between Hammer and Amicus; The House That Dripped Bood was an Amicus production.

Documentary about the iconic London Underground map and Harry Beck, the man who designed it.

1987x04 Michael Caine: Acting in Film

  • 1987-08-28T20:00:00Z — 60 mins

In this instalment of the "Actor's Take on Movie Making" series, British film star Michael Caine (Alfie, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American) offers advice to aspiring actors to help them succeed in a competitive business. Caine shares valuable trade secrets about character development; script preparation; voice, sound and movement; working with directors; and the sometimes brutal politics of movie-making.

1987x05 The Trireme Quest

  • 1987-12-05T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Fifty years ago Professor
John Morrison dreamed of rediscovering the secrets of the Greek Trireme. The design of this legendary warship - powered by 170 oarsmen and with a deadly battering ram - had long been forgotten. But the triremes had once given the Greeks supremacy in the eastern Mediterranean and allowed their culture to flourish.
This year, after a lifetime of detective work among the art and literature of the ancient world, this gentle Cambridge scholar saw his dream come true. A replica, based on his findings, was built - and a trireme put to sea in the Aegean again for the first time in 2,000 years.

1987x06 Fourteen Days in May

  • 1987-11-11T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

There is one crime on the record of Edward Earl Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man from Mississippi - murder. He was convicted on the sole evidence of signing a confession he had not written. Johnson always denied the killing and appealed against his death sentence for eight years in the US courts.
Fourteen Days in May is a countdown to an execution, revealing the effect on prison staff and other death-row inmates as time runs out for one young man.

1987x07 Priddy the Hedgehog

  • 1987-12-24T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

This year's animal drama from wildlife film-makers John and Simon King features a female hedgehog called Priddy, who lives on the Mendip Hills.
All the adventures that happen to Priddy in this film have been experienced by one hedgehog or another in real life.
Narrated by John King Film edited by PETER SNOW Directed and photographed by SIMON KING
Produced by JOHN KING BBC Pebble Mill