SUMMONED BY BELLS WITH JOHN BETJEMAN
SCREEN ASPECT RATIO: 4:3 (FULLFRAME)
DVD (Region 2) PAL FORMAT
LANGUAGE: English, SUBTITLES: English SDH
Running Time Approx: 58 Minutes
Extra Running Time Approx: 9 Minutes
Black & White/Colour
Date of Production: 1996
CERTIFICATE E (exempt)
John Betjeman's reads his poem `Christmas'on the arts programme Aquarius (1970)
`Indoor games Near Newbury', from Betjeman's Britain (1980), featuring Eric Morecambe
John Betjeman tells the story of his childhood - `Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark of reason grows.'
John Betjeman takes an unashamedly nostalgic journey through his earliest memories, in a classic BBC documentary based on his autobiography.
This is the story of a solitary schoolboy who cared more for architecture than games; who devoted to a teddy bear called Archibald and entranced by steam trains and cinema. Sunny memories of family holidays in Cornwall contrast with the `shivering doom' of Marlborough College and his ultimately frustrating studies at Oxford. Betjeman may have famously `failed in Divinity', but his formative experiences helped make him the nation's best-loved poet.
Join John Betjeman as he explores the world, which first inspired him to
translate his passions into verse.