John Betjeman: A Passion for Churches DVD

aka A Passion for Churches/ABC of Churches 1/ABC... 2/Journey To..., Edward Mirzoeff, 1974


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Film Details

Directed by Edward Mirzoeff

Produced in 1974

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster - or 'poet and hack' as he described himself in Who's Who - John Betjeman here offers a wry but affectionate scrutiny of the churches, clergy and parishioners of Norfolk in a documentary made for the BBC in 1974. Commissioned as a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1973 documentary Metro-land, the film offers Betjeman's personal poetic record of the goings-on taking place throughout the Anglican Diocese of Norwich and its churches in the run-up to Easter Sunday using the framing device of the Holy sacraments.

Part 1: A Passion for Churches (1974), Part 2: ABC of Churches: Meeting Point Episode 1, Part 3: ABC of Churches: Meeting Point Episode 2, Part 4: Journey to Bethlehem.

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DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: Simply Media

Length: 155 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 7th November 2011

Cat No: 134018

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by Michael Brooke on 12th March 2007

Though he first made his reputation as a poet, John Betjeman (1906-84) was also an extraordinarily prolific television presenter. He first appeared on the box as early... Read on


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