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April 2016 was the busiest month yet for Crux Productions, with four major programmes screened on the BBC in the space of twelve days.  Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute, with unique private footage of the royal family across most of The Queen's life, was shown on the evening of her 90th birthday, with a feature-length version the following Sunday.  These programmes came only a few days after Europe: Them or Us, a two-parter presented by Nick Robinson to coincide with the EU referendum campaign.

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 – in particular, a number of psychological and musical portraits of British composers.

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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The Queen's home movies seen by 9.9m viewers

The Queen's home movies seen by 9.9m viewers

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Critical acclaim and 10 million viewers for the family tribute to The Queen

Critical acclaim and 10 million viewers for the family tribute          to The Queen

To mark her 90th birthday, Her Majesty The Queen appeared in the documentary shown on BBC One, Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute, watching and discussing clips from her own home movie collection.  The first broadcast of the programme, produced and directed by John Bridcut, achieved the highest audience of any BBC programme in the month of April (see side panel), and won plaudits from royal and TV correspondents.

The Daily Telegraph described it as "a triumph from start to finish", while The Times' critic wrote: "what a thoughtful present this compilation was from the BBC – except, of course, the celluloid was hers, and it was her gift to us, and it was perfect."  (More press reviews are here.)

The film featured previously unseen footage from The Queen's ciné films, which was also watched by The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent and Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret.  Also contributing were Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Mrs Margaret Rhodes, and Princess Alexandra, in what was her first ever interview.

Nick Robinson's Europe series gets 2.4m viewers

Nick Robinson's Europe series gets 2.4m viewers

Nick Robinson's widely-praised two-parter, Europe: Them or Usexploring the history of Britain's troubled relationship with Europe, has achieved impressive audience figures on BBC Two.  Part One: An Island Apart was watched by 2.4 million viewers, and Part Two: Voice of the People by 2.1 million.   

A feature of the current EU referendum campaign has been the way in which both sides of the debate claim the support of Winston Churchill.  As Nick Robinson explained in these Crux Productions films produced by Nigel Gardner, his views on European Union (a term he himself coined) were ambiguous – sometimes contradictory.  

Europe: Them or Us grew out of John Bridcut's previous series, The Poisoned Chalice, which BBC Two screened in 1996.

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Prince Charles's Jubilee Tribute out on DVD

Prince Charles's Jubilee Tribute out on DVD

The Prince of Wales's Jubilee Tribute to The Queen is available on DVD.  This 2012 film contained material from John Bridcut's initial exploration of 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.