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.
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.
Danny and Nicky Cowley, Manager and Assistant Manager of Lincoln City FC have joined hundreds of University of Lincoln students at their graduation today. Former Essex P.E. teachers, the pair quit their jobs to guide Lincoln City FC to the National League title and became the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for over 100 years. Since this remarkable event the club have been enjoying record attendances at home with increased tick sales.
They received the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Lincoln in recognition of this amazing success, and for their contribution to the city of Lincoln.
In a Lincolnite interview, Danny said: “Myself and Nicky are very privileged to receive the Chancellor’s Medal. Since we’ve arrived at the club it’s been a pleasure to work closely with the University of Lincoln’s lecturers and students.”
The Aviation Heritage Centre, at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, has received delivery of a very rare new bird – Mosquito NFII HJ711. The Mosquito has been lovingly rebuilt over the last 45 years by Tony Agar, who has moved it to East Kirkby to realise his dream to see it taxying under it’s own steam again.
Yesterday, our cameras caught this auspicious arrival and interviewed Andrew Panton, manager of the Aviation Heritage Centre, who confirmed this to be a new era for the Aviation Heritage Centre. He added:
“East Kirkby was originally home to the Lancaster, Dakota and Mosquito aircraft so having it here has completed our collection… I can’t wait to see 6 merlin engines running on our airfield simultaneously as these world war two icons taxy together for the first time.”
It’s a particularly poignant union, as Tony Agar bought the very first piece of this Mosquito (the cockpit section) at the same Blackpool auction attended by the late Fred Panton who intented to purchase Just Jane. Andrew, Fred’s grandson, expressed how he believed that this development has a feeling of divine interventions.
The aircraft will be available to view at next weekend’s air show (August 5th, 2017), before the rebuild commences in following weeks. Primetime will be there to document this remarkable event for inclusion in a forthcoming DVD, due October 2017. Watch this space!