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. 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.
Pick of the Day and Pick of the Week
New Bridcut projects
Karajan in South of France
Fantastic Mr Dahl joins Fantastic Mr Fox
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 BBC One audience of the week, with 7.46 million viewers, and a 30% audience share. The extended repeat the following Sunday afternoon netted a further 2.1m viewers. The film featured previously unseen footage from The Queen's cine films, which was also watched by The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret.
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.