New for 2022 – Viewpoint Productions has added more titles to its Video on Demand service powered by Vimeo, with more coming very soon! Scroll down for different sections…
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If as well, or instead, you would like your own personal copy, most of our documentary films are also available on DVD
On Demand Titles…
PLACES IN THE PAST:
Southampton in the Past Volume Two
Running Time approximately 50 minutes
The latest title to be added to our On-demand service…
A second compilation of lovely archive footage featuring Southampton and surrounding areas, including Totton and the ‘Waterside’.
This second programme contains clips from the 1900s, 1920s, 30s, 50s and 60s – Lord Baden Powell’s personal appearance at the Boy Scouts’ Rally in 1912, news of the Titanic disaster the same year, coronation celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth in 1953, plus Hythe, the famous pier and ferry in the 1920s. Stunning post-war footage of the ‘village’ of Totton as it began to develop, the last steam-hauled train on the Lymington-Brockenhurst branch line in the New Forest, strike-bound liners in 1966 and much more!
Southampton in the Past Volume One
A compilation of archive footage from the 1930s and 40s including historic occasions like George VI’s coronation celebrations of 1937, the royal opening of the Civic Centre, trams passing through the ancient Bargate, a vintage royal show on the Common, plus sea planes, flying-boats, liners and much, much more.
Narrated by Richard Cartridge. Originally filmed in 4:3 format in black & white and colour.
Britain’s Last Paddle Steamers & the People Who Saved Them
Running Time approximately 55 minutes
A broadcast quality documentary film looking at the huge achievements of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, which has saved Britain’s last surviving paddle steamers. Features the UK’s key surviving paddlers, original interviews with people who helped shape Britain’s maritime history and compelling footage from the PSPS’s own extensive archive.
Kingswear Castle – a voyage through her life
Running Time approximately 56 minutes.
The definitive story of Britain’s very last coal-fired paddle steamer… Beautifully restored Kingswear Castle now sails once again on her native River Dart in Devon, England. In this programme we trace the steamer’s history from the 1920s, through her years on the River Medway to the ship today. Join Chris Phillips and maritime historian Richard Clammer to see the steamer’s restoration through historic archive footage and meet some of the people key to bringing ‘KC’ back to life.
Steaming Round Wight Aboard Waverley
Running time approximately 46 minutes
A voyage around the picturesque coastline of the Isle of Wight off the south of England aboard the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. This broadcast quality documentary takes in spectacular landmarks like the Needles, Tennison Down, St Catherine’s Point, Osborne House and Yarmouth Pier and many other points of interest. Recorded is both aboard Waverley and ashore, offering a real taste of this vintage vessel at work.
Waverley on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
Running Time approximately 51 minutes.
In this broadcast quality programme we sail from Bournemouth along Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast. We pass ‘Old Harry Rocks’ and call at Swanage to meet actor and steamer enthusiast Timothy West. We then steam past Durlston Head, Dancing Ledge, St Alban’s Head, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door before arriving at Weymouth, where we discover the history of paddle steamer operations in the region with maritime historian Richard Clammer. Programme contains lovely colour archive footage of Paddle Steamer Consul and PS Embassy’s final day in service in 1966. Re-released and fully updated for 2021.
Waverley on London’s River
Running Time approximately 53 minutes.
Join Waverley, the world’s very last sea-going paddle steamer, for a voyage from Gravesend in the Thames Estuary, up river to the heart of the UK’s capital. The programme explores many Thames landmarks including the historic waterfront of Greenwich before the iconic moment of Tower Bridge opening for the ship to sail further into the Upper Pool of London. With the help of maritime historian Peter Box, we discover the history of passenger steamers on the Thames and through archive footage see steamers of the past and Waverley on her first Thames visit in 1978!
Balmoral’s 60th Birthday: a celebration
Running Time approximately 38 minutes.
Balmoral is Britain’s most travelled excursion ship. In this broadcast quality programme we join the ship for a sailing around the Isle of Wight to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her launch at the Thornycroft yard, Southampton. As well as key interviews with passengers and former crew the film includes quality archive footage and rare views of the ship’s public rooms, engines and bridge. Balmoral is now based in Bristol and currently requires significant work; her future is far from certain, which makes this unique account of the ship at sea even more valuable.
Wattisham – Both Sides of the Fence
Running Time approximately 98 minutes.
An RTS award-winning documentary…
Wattisham Air Station has a unique place in British aviation history. It was from here aircraft made the first bombing raid of the Second World War. It became a strategic base for the US Army Air Force in 1943 and played a vital role in the defence of the west during the Cold War era. Today, Wattisham is home to Britain’s Apache Attack Helicopter squadrons.
COLD WAR East Anglia – The Frontline
Running Time approximately 85 minutes including bonus feature
Broadcast quality documentary film with ‘Bonus’ feature, exploring the front line of the UK’s defence during the Cold War. Contains significant original interviews, contemporary views of historic Cold War infrastructure and fascinating archive footage.
The Ultimate Challenge
SIX Episodes. Total Running Time approx. 156 minutes (each episode average length of 26-minutes).
Les Carvall and a group of friends, each in their 70s, take on the Ultimate Challenge of driving round the world in two 1328cc vehicles. In this 6-part broadcast-type series we see their preparations and the mammoth journey of nearly 19,000 land miles in 4 stages. It’s an action-packed journey of a lifetime and compelling viewing for anyone with a taste for travel and adventure