It’s been nearly two decades since Primetime proudly began filming two documentaries with the HM Bark Endeavour Replica, which made it’s way from Freemantle in Australia and toured the UK including refit at Whitby and visits to many ports around the UK. We’re delighted that 2020 sees the 200 year anniversary celebrating the life of Sir Joseph Banks, who was raised at Revesby Manor and regularly walked across Lincolnshire’s fens fuelling his love of botany.
In prelude to this anniversary, Gravity Fields Festival 2018 launched a stout little tribute vessel (based upon the HM Bark Endeavour) which ‘set sail’ from Grantham Market Place and metaphorically circumnavigated the globe arriving at St Peter’s Hill where its crew – Banks and Captain James Cook – disembarked and began an exploration of the new world gardens made by Grantham College and local community groups.
Shoals of fish, sharks, the foaming sea and other companions escorted the ship along the route as it met with obstacles, including Maori fishermen and raging storms which inevitably caused delays to the journey.
We documented this amazing voyage of discovery, and many other fascinating events featured in 2018’s spectacular science and arts exhibition. Our video edit of the highlights has been released, so please take look and make sure you put the date in your diary for Gravity Fields 2020!
Primetime have been on stage during live shows for London’s Science Museum this week. ‘The Big Space Show’ included presenter led explosive experiments to enraptured audiences from local schools and communities, and featured lots of fascinating facts about astronauts and space missions.
With no time to practise, Primetime provided a skilled team who live recorded and visioned mixed for the show’s curator Jeremy James, of Rosa Productions. We were delighted to assist with such a wonderful show, which was one of the first events during the Gravity Fields Festival 2018 and held at the Meres Sports Hall, Grantham. Check out their website to find out more about Gravity Fields Festival.
It’s been 50 years since Calendar News first joined ITV broadcasters bringing news coverage to Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire. In a week building up to Friday’s special 50th anniversary show, Calendar have been raiding their archives and showcasing some of their best stories. In addition they’ve been featuring interviews with many famous faces who’ve contributed to Calendar’s success – and Primetime’s Simon has filmed many of them with Duncan Wood including Sir David Jason, Richard Madeley, Jimmy Tarbuck and Michael Parkinson.
We can’t believe we’ve been working with Calendar News for almost 30 years – they’ve flow by! We’d like to take this opportunity to express just how much we’ve enjoyed working with the brilliant ITV teams across the region, who provide first class news and programme content for these two vast counties. Primetime loves to serve Lincolnshire and Yorkshire with news and other video content and we look forward to many more years.
Primetime Video Productions, and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre are delighted to announce the release of their latest DVD title ‘NX611 The Flying Years’ which exclusively features unseen in-flight film of Lancaster NX611 Just Jane from the 1960s and 1970s. In 1964 a group of aviation enthusiasts devised a plan to return NX611 to the UK from New Caledonia, where the aircraft was flying reconnaissance missions for the French Military. Their dream was realised in May 1965 when NX611 touched down on Biggin Hill runway in Kent, having made the 13 thousand mile journey from Sydney in Australia. This film tells the rollercoaster story of the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society (HAPS), as its members tried repeatedly to establish a museum centred around NX611. Featuring archive film and photographs recorded by these men, digitally remastered images show NX611 as you’ve never seen it before, in-flight!
This DVD also includes exclusive archive film of engine and air tests conducted to achieve a CAA certificate of airworthiness, in-flight film recorded during the aircraft’s visits to airfields across Britain, plus famous wartime visitors that included Richard Todd, Leonard Cheshire and Eve Gibson, widow of Guy Gibson. There are funny and unique moments involving an unexpected taxying mishap, and a novel use for a kitchen sink! Viewers of this DVD will witness the emotional recollections by the few men in England who can claim to have flown in Lancaster NX611. Despite their every effort to keep the aircraft flying and establish a museum, the Lancaster seemed destined for a different home, eventually becoming the centrepiece of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby. We join Harold Panton, as he explores the official log books of NX611 in the East Kirkby archives, retracing these earlier activities, and reflecting on the Panton family’s dream to own this Lancaster. After over two decades spent restoring NX611 to tail-up taxy condition, the Panton family are now poised to return ‘Just Jane’ to the skies again – nearly half a century after its last flight.
This heart-warming story concludes with the ‘Three Lancasters’ event when Canadian Lancaster ‘Vera’ and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s PA474 fly above NX611 ‘Just Jane’ at East Kirkby Airfield – the only moment in recent history where three Lancaster, all engines running, have been seen together. Other sites featured in the archive films include Biggin Hill Aerodrome, Lavenham Airfield in Suffolk, Hullavington in Wiltshire, RAF Scampton during the Dambusters’ 24th Anniversary Reunion, Blackbushe and Blackpool airports. Also includes flight sequences in the skies over the UK.
This DVD documents a fascinating period of British history when those early innovators describe the apathy they encountered when appealing for help to keep this iconic aircraft flying. The shame associated with Bomber Command’s missions was still sharply felt during the lifetimes of the crews, many still in their 40s and 50s during the period covered in this DVD. The emotional interviews with the HAPS members, Harold Panton’s recollections of his father’s post-war feelings and his thoughts about NX611’s loyal followers today, beautifully illustrate the dramatic alteration in public support for this wartime relic.
We’ve had some wonderful feedback already including “Great content, wonderfully put together and narrated. The last bit nearly had me in tears and the end wasn’t just neat it was strangely poignant.” … “It’s fantastic, we both welled up whilst watching it. It’s quite simply brilliant, the best thing I’ve seen in years”… “I’ve just finished watching the film. Absolutely brilliant. Hats off to everyone from getting the old girl where it is today to the people making this film. Well done everyone you should be so proud.”
After an epic battle to realise their dream, Lincolnshire Skunk Works craftsmen and the Waterbird Trust have finally had the gratification of seeing their hand built replica sea-plane take to the skies for the first time. Though only a short hop, the aircraft gracefully took off, landed and made small adjustments in the skies. This hop was the first of hopefully more air tests necessary to satisfy aviation authorities of its airworthiness – which has proved quite a challenge for this design breaking pre-WW1 aircraft, some of whose struts are made of bamboo.
The star of this restoration story, Gerry Cooper, is a successful engineer and pilot who has thousands of hours as a crop spraying pilot, aerial survey pilot and vintage aircraft ace. Along with his team of woodworkers and aircraft engineers they’ve spent thousands of man hours perfectly replicating this early twentieth century aeroplane while also incorporating painstaking and necessary design alterations that allow it to be flown as a UK certified aircraft by the CAA.
Watch this space as we plan to launch a Web TV series documenting the full story of this phenomenal build, a story we hope to see culminate with the Waterbird replica flying from Lake Windermere where the namesake aircraft was designed, built and flew over 100 years ago.
Simon has been visiting Hull to record two of it’s showcase events during their City of Culture year. The first was for Open Bridges, featuring the world premiere of BAFTA award winning composer John Stead’s especially commissioned acousmatic music composition ‘Moments in Time’. He spent his day filming at Hull’s North Bridge, built in the 1930s, with Michael Billington of ITV Yorkshire. The piece was broadcast on the 22nd September, and you can find out more from the ITV Yorkshire blog, or from Hull 2017 website.
Open Bridges: the autumnal equinox when day and night are equal, will be split in two for the first time in the city’s history denying movement across the river east or west, creating a symbolic wall to be reunited when the first bridge re-opens to road traffic. This can only happen in Hull as no other city has so many opening bridges over such a short distance of navigable river. A river journey by three historic vessels will take place and as the river journey ends the music begins. Hull 2017
The next week he was back in Hull for the opening of the Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery. The Turner Prize is one of the world’s most renowned prizes awarded by the Tate to an artist who’s work in the previous year has been deemed ‘outstanding’. The exhibition of the four finalists art is open until the 7th January 2018 with the winner being announced in December. Details of the four entrants from Hull2017 website :
The four shortlisted artists for Turner Prize 2017 are Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.
Hurvin Anderson’s paintings distil a sense of place. Encompassing both portraiture and landscape, his work shifts between the representation of a place and the reality of it.
Andrea Büttner works across print, installation and painting. Her multifaceted works explore poverty and value, and the ways that we communicate these ideas to each other.
Lubaina Himid’s work uses colourful, decorative motifs, referencing the political power of graphic language. Her artworks confront the sense of invisibility felt by people of the African diaspora.
Rosalind Nashashibi uses time in film to build a steady, often repetitive picture of everyday life, combining moments of movement and stillness.