April 2016 is the busiest month yet for Crux Productions, with three major programmes being screened on the BBC in the space of ten days. First up is Europe: Them or Us, a two-parter presented by Nick Robinson (see below), closely followed by Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute, with unique private footage of the royal family across most of The Queen's life. This has been two years in the making (further details below).
John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied productions to his name, ranging from politics to contemporary history to the arts. His three most recent films were shown on BBC Four: Karajan's Magic and Myth told the story of music's most successful conductor, Britten's Endgame explored the life and music of the composer Benjamin Britten in his final years, while Requiem recounted the history of one of music's most powerful and enduring forms. The Britten film is his sixth composer portrait, after studies of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Parry – and his first Britten film, Britten's Children.
Colin Davis In His Own Words, a tribute to the British conductor who died in April 2013 at the age of 85, was named Best Arts Documentary in the 2014 Grierson Awards, and also won the gold award for Performing Arts at the French documentary festival, FIPA.
Most of Bridcut's work is produced by his own company, Crux Productions, but he does occasionally freelance as a director and producer for other production companies. He broadcasts on Radio 3 from time to time, and has published two books on Benjamin Britten. He also gives lectures on music, broadcasting and current affairs.
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New Bridcut projects
Karajan in South of France
Fantastic Mr Dahl joins Fantastic Mr Fox
This Thursday, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her ninetieth birthday. BBC One has commissioned a new film from John Bridcut to mark the occasion. It features previously unseen material from The Queen's cine film collection, to which Bridcut has been given full access. Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute will be shown on the birthday itself, Thursday 21 April, at 9pm on BBC One, with an extended repeat on Sunday 24 April in the afternoon.
As Britain prepares to decide whether to remain in or leave the European Union, Nick Robinson presents a two-part series exploring the history of Britain's troubled relationship with Europe. Beginning with Winston Churchill's ambiguous attitude to a united Europe, Europe: Them or Us explores the travails of his successors in Downing Street, and the growing pressure for an in-out referendum. The series draws on a series of interviews with the main decision-makers, shot twenty years ago for The Poisoned Chalice, John Bridcut's earlier BBC series. Part Two: Voice of the People is on Tuesday 19 April at 9pm on BBC Two, a week after Part One: An Island Apart.
The Prince of Wales's Jubilee Tribute to The Queen is now available on DVD. It was watched by more than 10 million viewers on BBC One when shown in June 2012, and was widely reported in the press because of the previously unseen pictures from The Queen's private cine film collection and photograph albums. The DVD is now available from this website, as well as from retailers and online shops.