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The first in the series of repeats of Bird's-Eye View is an aerial tour of the emptiest and most beautiful corner of Britain, in the company of William Carrocher.

For centuries Highlanders have been drifting away - driven off their lands by the difficulties of their environment and, above all, by the cruel events of history. Today the far north-west shows a legacy of 200 years of exploitation and misguided paternalism. The helicopter flew 3,000 miles, criss-crossing from Skye to Orkney, from Balmoral to St Kilda the loneliest of all the British Isles. The camera looked down on misty lochs which once sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie; on the roofless villages of deserted Hebridean islands; on crofters scratching a living from stony fields; on hydro-electric dams and forestry plantations which are intended to bring people back to the Highlands.
If there is wilderness anywhere in Britain it is here; but for how long will it withstand the pressures of our ever-expanding population?

"It took an Englishman to make the best film about the Highlands yet" (Daily Record)
"An outstanding script which had just the right mixture of humour and pathos, of the sentimental and the lyrical" (The Scotsman)
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Contributors

Presenter:
William Carrocher
Producer:
Tim Slessor
Series Editor:
Edward Mirzoeff

by Anton Chekhov
translated by Elisaveta Fen
[Starring] Freddie Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ann Bell and Roland Culver

"Perfectly cast... beautifully directed" (Evening News)
(Ann Dyson is a member of the RSC)
(Radio Times People: page 5)

Contributors

Author:
Anton Chekhov
Translated by:
Elisaveta Fen
Costumes:
Joyce Hammond
Script Editor:
Rosemary Hill
Designer:
Eileen Diss
Producer:
Cedric Messina
Director:
Christopher Morahan
Uncle Vanya:
Freddie Jones
Astrov:
Anthony Hopkins
Yeliena:
Ann Bell
Serebriakov:
Roland Culver
Sonia:
Jenifer Armitage
Maryia:
Ann Dyson
Marina:
Susan Richards
Telyeghin:
John Baskcomb
Workman:
Richard Beale
Nightwatchman:
Edmond Bennett
Maid:
Stacey Tendeter

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