Britain by Jove - programme 1 - part 1. With Ray Alan and Lord Charles - Also Roddy Maude-Roxby as Cavendish.
Title sequence - quick shots of Union Jack flag intercut with b/w stills of ventriloquist dummy Lord Charles, posing as 'Lord of the Manor'. Title card 'Britain By Jove' with coat of arms showing two elephants, pint of beer, two bottles of champagne and 'Semper Inebriate'. 'With Ray Alan and Lord Charles - Also Roddy Maude-Roxby as Cavendish'.
L/S of Lord Charles's house. Charles can be heard waffling on in the background. Ray Alan introduces the piece and says that Charles has called a press conference at his home. M/S of Lord Charles surrounded by microphones with Union Jack in the background. He informs the press that "..we are living in a touring paradise". Alan says that they are to undertake a tour of the country. Charles gives a rousing patriotic speech about the upcoming tour, intercut with tracking shot approaching the White Cliffs of Dover. Aerial shots of British landmarks including the Tower of London. M/Ss of Charles's car moving along road.
C/U of Cavendish driving car singing 'Rule Britannia'. Shots of the car driving through woodland countryside. Man fishing in river. Various shots of picturesque countryside, ducks swimming, river, cows in field etc. Shots of the chauffeur Cavendish talking through microphone, much to the annoyance of Charles. Alan informs Charles that he can turn him off, which he does so by pressing button. Shots of car driving through country. Charles congratulates the Roman's for the job they have done on Britain's roads. The car passes through quaint village. Cavendish continues to give a running commentary to Lord Charles. Several countryside and village scenes, boat on river etc... Their first point of call is to be Cambridge. Various shots of the University buildings. Lord Charles sitting in car reminisces about his days at the University as a student and his first love who we see a brief still of. Several shots of students cycling through the streets of the town. Shots of people punting past the colleges on the River Cam.
C/Us of students wearing cap and gowns. Alan says direct to the audience '..that night we camped out..." Shots of the the night sky, trees moon etc, owl sounds. A woman and man can be heard giggling. Charles can be heard saying "..the natives are wrestles round here." C/U of Cavendish, he talks poetically about the dawn. Shots of Norfolk countryside, rowing boats on river. Two men walking in field in with shot guns. Several woodland scenes. M/S of tent, Charles can be heard moaning inside. More shots of countryside, farms, cows mooing. Lord Charles sticks his head out of the tent to see what the racket is. Cavendish presents him with breakfast. The camera pulls back to reveal that they are camped on small roundabout.
Newmarket. Several shots of horse and riders galloping in countryside. Good shots, bookies, crowds at Newmarket race course. C/U of Charles looking through telescope at woman in bikini on beach. He remarks, "By Jove what a lovely little mover !" Various shots of the pretty village of Burnham Thorpe the birthplace of Admiral Nelson. C/U of bust of Horatio Nelson. C/U of Charles waffling on about Britain being a great sea faring nation. Several good shots of canal boats, yachts etc on Norfolk broads. Lord Charles decides he is hungry. C/U of lobster on plate. Shots of people being served food and eating on outdoor tables. Nice M/S of people sitting in country pub.
C/U of man taking swig from glass. M/Ss of pretty hotels and pubs. A lorry pulls away to reveal where Charles will be eating, an ugly roadside cafe called 'PIT CAFE'. Various very good shots of the garden and interior of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. M/Ss of Cavendish arguing. Cut to Alan who informs us that after one insult too many a fight ensued. He says a brief interlude will follow. Alan start to conduct. Footage of water skier and woman driving speed boat. Sounds of "ouch" and "oof" can be heard int he background of the fighting pair. More shots of countryside.
M/Ss of shepherd herding sheep along country lane in Yorkshire village. M/S of man carrying mil churn in field. Several shots of the North York Moor (Bronte country). Shots of river flowing over rocks. Shots of waterfall. Cliff top shots of numerous birds including seagull and puffins.
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