Filmography

Christopher Brasher

21 films

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Bonington - Mountaineer Vod

    Bonington - Mountaineer

    Keith Partridge (2017)

    The film retraces the life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington, from his rock climbing days in the UK to visionary ascents on the peaks of the Himalayas. Stories of friendship, love, risk and loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream. The drive for exploration is echoed in the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger, new routes on Mont Blanc and the ascent of ‘The Old Man of Hoy’, along with the virgin summits of Annapurna 2, Nuptse, The Ogre and the Central Tower of Paine.

    UK / 79 min

    Bonington - Mountaineer

    Keith Partridge, Brian Hall

    • 2017
    • UK
    • 79 min
    The film retraces the life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington, from his rock climbing days in the UK to visionary ascents on the peaks of the Himalayas. Stories of friendship, love, risk and loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream. The drive for exploration is echoed in the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger, new routes on Mont Blanc and the ascent of ‘The Old Man of Hoy’, along with the virgin summits of Annapurna 2, Nuptse, The Ogre and the Central Tower of Paine.

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  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    The Anglesey climb

    The Anglesey climb

    Philip Gilbert (1970)

    In August 1970 a spectacular rock climb was televised live on BBC in color. Seven climbers attempted three different routes on the cliffs of Anglesey. The event, presented by Christopher Brasher was transmitted live through 4 connections over the course of 31st of august. The routes climbed were: Spider's Web, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis; Wen Slab, by Peter Crew and Don Whillans; and Tyrannosaurus Rex, by Laurie and Les Holliwell, and Janet Rogers. This was the first color live climbing program on BBC, following on from the success of earlier programs such as the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy in 1967.

    UK / 40 min

    The Anglesey climb

    Philip Gilbert, Alan Chivers

    • 1970
    • UK
    • 40 min
    In August 1970 a spectacular rock climb was televised live on BBC in color. Seven climbers attempted three different routes on the cliffs of Anglesey. The event, presented by Christopher Brasher was transmitted live through 4 connections over the course of 31st of august. The routes climbed were: Spider's Web, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis; Wen Slab, by Peter Crew and Don Whillans; and Tyrannosaurus Rex, by Laurie and Les Holliwell, and Janet Rogers. This was the first color live climbing program on BBC, following on from the success of earlier programs such as the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy in 1967.

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  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    Men against the Matterhorn

    Men against the Matterhorn

    Alan Chivers (1965)

    A climb to mark the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, live on TV. The program, a co-production of the Swiss, French, Italian and British televisions, was shown throughout Europe, in the United States and in Japan in a series of 5 broadcasts between 8 and 16h. This film is the re-edited version by the BBC of all the broadcasts in a single program. Ian McNaught-Davis roped with the guide Heinrich Taugwalder and Jean Juge with Robert Bichler narrate the ascent while they climb by the original Whymper route. They follow the progression of Michel Darbellay and Hilti von Allmen who climb the north face by the Schmidt route. All them meet at the summit.

    UK / 50 min

    Men against the Matterhorn

    Men against the Matterhorn

    Alan Chivers

    • 1965
    • UK
    • 50 min
    A climb to mark the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, live on TV. The program, a co-production of the Swiss, French, Italian and British televisions, was shown throughout Europe, in the United States and in Japan in a series of 5 broadcasts between 8 and 16h. This film is the re-edited version by the BBC of all the broadcasts in a single program. Ian McNaught-Davis roped with the guide Heinrich Taugwalder and Jean Juge with Robert Bichler narrate the ascent while they climb by the original Whymper route. They follow the progression of Michel Darbellay and Hilti von Allmen who climb the north face by the Schmidt route. All them meet at the summit.

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  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    4 men, 1 face

    4 men, 1 face

    (1963)

    On 28 September 1963, the BBC broadcast a live program of an ascent of Snowdon's Clogwyn du'r Arddu, 'the finest crag in Britain south of Scottish border'. It starred the French Climber Robert Paragot alongside the cream of British talent: Joe Brown, Don Whillans, and Ian Mcnaught-Davis. The program had commentary by Chris Brasher and it was transmitted on Grandstand between Davis Cup tennis and Horse racing from Newbury. Grandstand presenter David Coleman introduced the climb as a TV first -the first-ever live coverage of UK mountaineering. Unfortunately, the action was clouded by rain and mist, and many of the cameras failed on the day of the broadcast, so most of the images of the climb ended being a kind of blurred haze.

    UK

    4 men, 1 face


    • 1963
    • UK
    On 28 September 1963, the BBC broadcast a live program of an ascent of Snowdon's Clogwyn du'r Arddu, 'the finest crag in Britain south of Scottish border'. It starred the French Climber Robert Paragot alongside the cream of British talent: Joe Brown, Don Whillans, and Ian Mcnaught-Davis. The program had commentary by Chris Brasher and it was transmitted on Grandstand between Davis Cup tennis and Horse racing from Newbury. Grandstand presenter David Coleman introduced the climb as a TV first -the first-ever live coverage of UK mountaineering. Unfortunately, the action was clouded by rain and mist, and many of the cameras failed on the day of the broadcast, so most of the images of the climb ended being a kind of blurred haze.

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  • Documentary / Making Of

    How they climbed the Old Man of Hoy

    How they climbed the Old Man of Hoy

    John Gray (1967)

    A making of the live broadcast of the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. In July of 1967, 15 million people watched one of the most audacious BBC outside broadcasts ever undertaken - the climbing of the 'Old Man of Hoy'. This is an account of how the BBC-1 television programme was organised, together with recordings made during the broadcast, and interviews with those who helped to make it possible as well as those who did the actual climb.

    UK / 25 min

    How they climbed the Old Man of Hoy

    How they climbed the Old Man of Hoy

    John Gray

    • 1967
    • UK
    • 25 min
    A making of the live broadcast of the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. In July of 1967, 15 million people watched one of the most audacious BBC outside broadcasts ever undertaken - the climbing of the 'Old Man of Hoy'. This is an account of how the BBC-1 television programme was organised, together with recordings made during the broadcast, and interviews with those who helped to make it possible as well as those who did the actual climb.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Specialised techniques

    Specialised techniques

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Specialised techniques

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.
  • Documentary / Instructional

    Protecting the leader

    Protecting the leader

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Protecting the leader

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.
  • Documentary / Instructional

    Mountain country

    Mountain country

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Mountain country

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.
  • Documentary / Instructional

    Learning to lead a climb

    Learning to lead a climb

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Learning to lead a climb

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.
  • Documentary / Instructional

    Harder climbs

    Harder climbs

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Harder climbs

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Crag rescue

    Crag rescue

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Crag rescue

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.
  • Documentary / Instructional

    Climbing in twos

    Climbing in twos

    John Rickwood (1974)

    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

    UK / 25 min

    Climbing in twos

    John Rickwood

    • 1974
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Ten-part BBC series looking at aspects of rock-climbing. A TV series for beginners with the accent on safety. With John Earle and Ron James. Episodes are: Mountain country, Basics, Learning to lead a climb, Protecting the leader, Climbing in twos, Harder climbs, Artificial climbing, Specialized techniques, Abseiling and prusiking, Crag rescue.

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