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The Day I Got My Sight Back (BBC1)

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Since 2002, Ian Tibbetts, a forty-two year old former forklift truck driver from Telford, has been slowly going blind. He has never seen the faces of his twin four-year old boys. Despite numerous treatments to save his eyesight, nothing has worked.

Until now.

Over several months, Walker George Films has been following Ian as he undergoes a series of extraordinary and complex operations in a last attempt to restore his sight - with the help of one of his teeth.

Only one hospital in the UK offers this type of surgery. The success rate is high, but it's not guaranteed. Will Ian ever see his wife again - and will he finally see his sons for the first time in his life?

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Reviews

Mesmerising Sunday Times
Astounding Daily Telegraph

Heartwarming stuff... amazing Sunday Mirror



A moving film Observer



Stirring stuff Time Out



Touching Daily Mail



Incredible The Guardian

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Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (BBC2)

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The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But that epic event in world history has never been told before through the perspective of the strange handful of spies who made it possible. D-Day was a great victory of arms, a tactical coup, and a moral crusade. But it was also a triumph for espionage, deceit, and thinking of the most twisted sort.

Following on from his hugely successful BBC 2 documentaries, Operation Mincemeat and DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story (Agent Zigzag), writer and presenter Ben Macintyre returns to the small screen to bring to life his third best selling book – Double Cross. Macintyre will reveal the gripping true story of five of the double-agents who helped to make D-day such a success.

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Credits

Director: Matthew Whiteman
Producer: Sally George

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The Real Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (BBC2)

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Three days flying around the UK in flimsy machines whose engines can cut out at any time: welcome to the mad, bad and sometimes downright dangerous world of competitive amateur microlighting in the 'Round Britain Rally'.

For those with the daring, skill and sheer nerves to take it on, the Rally is the ultimate test, where the aim is to fly around as much of the country as possible. This is flying at its most basic - and most exhilarating.

This film follows three teams of obsessive microlight enthusiasts who navigate their way across Britain armed with a map and compass, sleeping under the wing, and doing their best to keep their aircraft in one piece - while at the same time clocking up more miles than everyone else.

Microlighters wax lyrical over the poetry of the skies, but they all have tales of brushes with death. Anxious and despairing families look on in resignation as their much loved men folk choose to exercise what seems an irrepressible death-wish.

Disaster is never much more than a stalled engine away. As one of the pilots says: "You're putting your life in the hands of what is effectively a chainsaw attached to a deck chair." But that won't stop these enthusiasts from taking to their magnificent flying machines in an attempt to capture the true spirit of amateur aviation.

Reviews

Wonderful... moving. Bonkers fun. Time Out
An aerial Wacky Races...a joy to watch. Daily Telegraph

A tender and moving account of fear, friendship and love. Sunday Times

A soaring, swooping emotional journey... Daily Express

A lovely film. Daily Mirror

Delightful... The Independent

Lovely...warm and human, a celebration of eccentricity. Guardian

A joy to watch... The Times

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Credits

Director: Charlie Russell
Producer: Stephen Walker

Links

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DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story (BBC2)

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Following on from his hugely successful BBC 2 documentary, Operation Mincemeat, based on his book of the same name, writer and presenter Ben Macintyre returns to the small screen to bring to life his other best selling book - Agent Zigzag. As part of the Timewatch series, Macintyre will reveal the gripping true story of Britain's most extraordinary wartime double agent, Eddie Chapman.

A notorious safe-breaker before the war, Chapman duped the Germans so successfully that he was awarded their highest decoration, the Iron Cross. He remains the only British citizen ever to win one. Including remarkable and newly-discovered footage from an interview Chapman gave three years before his death in 1997, Macintyre goes on the trail of one of Britain's most unlikely heroes in this true-life ripping yarn - a story of adventure, love, intrigue and astonishing courage.

Reviews

A dream story told with great flair The Times
Very entertaining... a terrific tale The Independent
A thrilling war documentary Metro
A rip-roaring tale, expertly and enthusiastically told The Guardian
Fascinating The Telegraph
Riveting The Times
Brilliant The Sun
Terrific Ian Rankin, on BBC's Front Row

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Clips

Clip | DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story
Clip | DOUBLE AGENT: The Eddie Chapman Story


Credits

Director: Stephen Walker
Producer: Sally George

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Operation Mincemeat (BBC2)

Operation Mincemeat

Best-selling author and Times reporter Ben Macintyre tells the extraordinary story of the boldest and most successful secret operation of World War Two in an upcoming new BBC documentary.

Based on Macintyre's Number One bestselling book, Operation Mincemeat, produced by Stephen Walker and directed by Russell England, Operation Mincemeat will be broadcast on BBC2 this Christmas.

One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops hurtling in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was already dead.

His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies planned to invade Greece.

Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Churchill's team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. The deception started in a windowless basement beneath Whitehall. It travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany. And it ended up on Hitler's desk.

For more than sixty years, Operation Mincemeat has been shrouded in secrecy. Now, for the first time, Ben Macintyre reveals the true story of what happened - and how. Together with a cast of original witnesses and previously unseen archive, he reveals how a group of brilliant men and women - and the corpse of a Welsh tramp - came together to pull off one of the greatest, and most bizarre, deceptions in history.

Reviews

Tremendous... has everything you'd want from a ripping yarn. Truly astonishing. Radio Times
Remarkable... Daily Mail
A cracking yarn... Daily Telegraph
Gripping... sheer delight. A tremendous programme. The Times
Cracking documentary... Sunday Telegraph
A fascinating film... Observer
As incredible as the raciest of James Bond thrillers... Mail on Sunday
A ripping true-life thrill... Metro
Boy’s Own adventure stuff... Daily Express
Impressive... A ripping, gripping yarn... Daily Telegraph
Hugely entertaining.... The Times

Clips

Teaser - Operation Mincemeat
Clip - Operation Mincemeat


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About Ben Macintyre

Ben MacintyreBen is writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Man Who Would Be King, The Englishman’s Daughter, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland.

He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children. Operation Mincemeat is his first television programme as presenter.

Credits

Director: Russell England
Producer: Stephen Walker

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Alex: A Passion For Life (Channel 4)

Alex: A Passion For LifeAlex Stobbs was an overnight phenomenon, shooting to international prominence following transmission of 2008’s critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, A Boy Called Alex.

It told his extraordinary story as an Eton music scholar and cystic fibrosis sufferer. Immediately after transmission, offers of professional work flooded in, as did several marriage proposals. Now aged 19, a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and a member of its world-famous choir, this new film follows Alex's dramatic and event-filled transition from boy to man.

Determined to live as normal a student life as possible, complete with girlfriends, late nights and major socialising, Alex is also set on fulfilling his lifelong ambition: to conduct Bach's three hour masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion, with a major orchestra and some of the country's top soloists. But by pushing himself to the limit, Alex risks getting an infection that could be his last.

If you have been inspired by Alex and would like to make a donation to his chosen charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, click here.

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Reviews

It's hard to find words to describe how inspiring this film is. You'll just have to watch it. The Times
A heart-warming and poignant reminder that life is for living… an extraordinary new film. Daily Mail
A wonderful, life-affirming film. Radio Times, Documentary of the Week
★★★ Time Out
At once remarkable and unbearable to watch. The Independent
Humbling and compulsive viewing Western Morning News
Inspiring Daily Telegraph

Clips

Alex: A Passion For Life
Alex: A Passion For Life | Trailer

 

Credits

Director: Paddy Wivell
Producers: Stephen Walker and Sally George
Broadcast: Channel 4 (8/10/2009)

 

A Boy Called Alex: The Concert (Channel 4)

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Following on from the Cutting Edge programme on the extraordinary talents of Alex Stobbs – Cambridge music scholar and cystic fibrosis sufferer – this film features highlights from the remarkable performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion conducted by Alex earlier this year at London’s Cadogan Hall.

Alex himself acts as the film’s commentator and guide, offering his uniquely personal perspective on Bach's epic work and the phenomenal musical challenges in conducting it. The music is performed by the distinguished Southbank Sinfonia and the renowned Rodolfus Choir, featuring soloists Michael Chance, Sarah Fox and Thomas Guthrie.

If you have been inspired by Alex and would like to make a donation to his chosen charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, click here.

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Clips

A Boy Called Alex: The Concert

 

Credits

Director: Stephen Walker
Producer: Sally George
Broadcast: More4 (8/10/09)

 

Young@Heart (Fox Searchlight)

Young@Heart PosterWalker George Films’ first feature film is Young@Heart, a musical documentary about an extraordinary American chorus of pensioners who sing rock 'n' roll.

Directed by Stephen Walker and produced by Sally George, the film was originally broadcast on More 4 and Channel 4 television in November 2006. It was critically acclaimed and picked by both Time Out and the Radio Times as the best documentary of 2006. Clips have attracted well over two million hits on YouTube.

Young@Heart won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2007, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight for theatrical release, the studio behind hits such as Juno, Little Miss Sunshine and Sideways.

The film was shown in over 200 US cinemas in the summer of 2008 and subsequently around the globe.

To date Young@Heart has the highest-ever gross in the US for a British documentary.

Buy Young@Heart on DVD from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

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Clips

Official Trailer - Young@Heart

 

Awards

It has won a total of 18 awards including:

  • Winner: DVD Critics Best Non-Fiction Title 2009 (USA)
  • Winner: AG Kino-Gilde (German Art House Cinemas) Best Documentary 2009 (Germany)
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Brothers and Sisters In Love (ITV1)

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Brothers and Sisters in Love is about one of the most secret taboos of all – incestuous love. The film features siblings who never knew each other as children yet fall in love when they meet as adults.

The film includes the extraordinary case of a German brother and sister who had four children together and challenged Germany's incest laws in the Supreme Court. Brothers and Sisters in Love was broadcast on ITV1’s primetime 9pm slot in June 2008 and was Pick of the Day in almost all national newspapers, receiving outstanding reviews.

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Credits

Director: Sally George
Producer: Stephen Walker
Broadcast: ITV1 (June 2008)

 

George Melly’s Last Stand (BBC2)

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The film documents the last months of the flamboyant British jazz-singer’s life before he died of cancer.

It was short-listed for a Grierson Award in the Best Arts Documentary category in 2008.

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Reviews

A great documentary…perhaps the funniest thing you’ll see all year. Time Out
A moving tribute to a true original…this was a programme you really did not want to end The Times
Powerful, intimate and affectionate Daily Telegraph

Credits

Director & Producer: Katie Buchanan
Broadcast: BBC2 (February 2008) and BBC4 (November 2007)

 

A Boy Called Alex (Channel 4)

A Boy Called Alex

A Boy Called Alex opened Channel 4’s Cutting Edge season in January 2008.

A documentary film about a 16 year-old musical prodigy at Eton College who suffers from cystic fibrosis, the film was directed by Stephen Walker and produced by Sally George. It attracted one of the highest-ever audience’s of a Cutting Edge run and rave reviews.

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Clips

A Boy Called Alex - Trailer
Interview with Director, Stephen Walker

 

Reviews

Astounding, life-affirming…quite simply the impact of Stephen Walker’s film is overwhelming. The Times
Astonishing…don't miss this gripping, inspiring, uplifting and humbling film Daily Mail

Awards and Nominations

  • Winner of Bulldog Award (voted by the industry) for Best Documentary 2009
  • Winner of Royal Television Society Craft Award for Best Photography and Sound 2009
  • Nominated for BAFTAs Best Documentary, Best Director (Stephen Walker) and Best Editing (Ben Stark) 2009
  • Nominated for Royal Television Society Best Documentary January 2009
  • Nominated for Broadcast Best Documentary 2009

Credits

Director: Stephen Walker
Producer: Sally George
Broadcast: Channel 4 (24/01/2008)

 

Silver Surfers (Channel 4)

Silver SurfersWalker George produced Silver Surfers for Channel 4’s Cutting Edge.

The documentary is a warm and affectionate portrait of pensioners using the internet to find love.

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Credits

Director: Ursula MacFarlane
Broadcast: Channel 4 (05/03/2007)