Rent Six English Towns (1984)

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Architectural historian Alec Clifton-Taylor OBE presents all three series of the popular documentary programmes, which ran between 1977-1984 on BBC Two. Guiding viewers through 'the pattern of English building', Clifton-Taylor examines each town's grand public buildings, manor houses and family homes, examining how each town evolved in harmony with the local landscape with an appropriate choice of natural building materials. The first series, first broadcast in 1977, sees him visit Chichester (West Sussex), Richmond (Yorkshire), Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire), Stamford (Lincolnshire), Totnes (Devon) and Ludlow (Shropshire).
In the second series, first broadcast in 1981, Clifton-Taylor takes in Warwick (Warwickshire), Berwick-upon-Tweed (Northumberland), Saffron Walden (Essex), Lewes (East Sussex), Bradford-on-Avon (Wiltshire) and Beverley (East Riding). In the final series, first broadcast in 1984, he visits Cirencester (Gloucestershire), Whitby (North Yorkshire), Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk), Devizes (Devon), Sandwich (Kent) and Durham (North East). Forty years on, the series now serves as a fascinating historical snapshot of the enduring character of each town over many centuries.
, John Julius Norwich
Denis Moriarty, Paul Croston
Narrated By:
Alec Clifton Taylor
Simply Media
British Films, Children & Family, Documentary, Special Interest
Release Date:
Run Time:
540 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • DVD commentary on one episode from each series with the producer of the first two series Denis Moriarty, and Paul Croston, a knowledgeable archivist and enthusiast of Alec Clifton-Taylor's work
  • Episodes featuring commentary are: Chichester (series one), Saffron Walden (series two) and Cirencester (series three)
  • 'In Search of the Spirit of the Age' - A 25-minute documentary first shown in 1976 on BBC Two. John Julius Norwich discusses with Alec Clifton-Taylor ways in which landscape and architecture have become more accessible, and the recommended ways to enjoy them in Clifton-Taylor's first appearance for the BBC
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Chichester , Sussex
- Richmond , North Yorkshire
- Tewkesbury , Gloucestershire
- Stamford , Lincolnshire
- Totnes , Devon
- Ludlow , Shropshire
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Warwick
- Berwick-Upon-Tweed , Northumberland
- Saffron Walden , Essex
- Lewes , East Sussex
- Bradford-on-Avon , Wiltshire
- Beverley , East Riding
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following:
- Cirencester
- Whitby , North Yorkshire
- Bury St. Edmunds , Suffolk
- Devizes , Devon
- Sandwich , Kent
- Durham , North East
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following:
- Special Features

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