About Grammar Productions
Grammar Productions is an award-winning independent production company, creating content shown by the BBC, History, Discovery and Canal+ International. We founded Grammar in 2014 to make innovative documentaries that try to look deeper into why the world is the way it is. Our team is united by a love of travel, history and telling a damn good story on film.
STATUS: IN PRODUCTION
The Last Overland
The 'Oxford & Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition' - The First Overland - made history in 1955 by being the first to drive from London to Singapore. That young team inspired generations of adventurers through their extraordinary endeavour, showing many remote corners of the world on film for the first time.
Driving the original 1955 Land Rover (‘Oxford’), Grammar’s Alex Bescoby will join one of the original team, Tim Slessor, to remake history for a new generation of adventurers. This time, Alex and Tim will forge the path through some of the densest jungles, highest mountains and most arid deserts on the planet, returning the car from Singapore to London.
The Incredible Journey
Two old friends, from two different worlds, embark on a two-thousand mile, world-first journey across the entire length of Myanmar. Grammar’s Alex Bescoby is joined by his old friend and home-grown explorer Aung Sithu to present a major new 6-part series, the result of an international co-production between Grammar Productions, Canal+ International and Forever Group Myanmar.
Part one of the series debuted on Canal+ in Myanmar in August 2018, and part two is due in early 2019 - with a planned international release later in 2019.
In the darkest hours of World War 2, thousands of men from Burma gave their lives fighting a brutal war for Britain against the Japanese, and to carry out the most successful guerrilla campaign of the war. But after the Allied victory, Burma sank into isolation, dictatorship and civil war, and Britain forgot the bravery of these men.
Now only a handful of veterans remain - will they get the recognition they deserve before it's too late? One determined band of Brits are in a battle against time to make sure they do.
The production of Forgotten Allies to date was made possible by the support of our logistical partner Sampan Travel. The post-production was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign backed by people from all around the world.
The world premiere was held at the National Army Museum on June 12th 2019. It will be broadcast on the History Channel in the UK later in 2019. You can read more about the project on BBC News, The Times (UK) and The Daily Mail (UK).
Forgotten Allies will be broadcast on History Channel (UK) from September 27th 2019. Find out more.
We Were Kings
Winner of the Whicker's World Foundation Funding Award 2016
In 1885 the British army invaded Burma and deposed its King. He died in exile, ending a thousand years of monarchy. The royal family vanished, and the country was plunged into war and the longest military dictatorship of modern times. But after a century of silence they are back, and they’re on a journey to bring the family - past and present - back together. Filmed through three years of seismic change in Burma, this is the story of a family and a country emerging from the darkness.
The film had its world premiere held at the British Library in London, in partnership with the Open City Documentary Festival, and first TV broadcast in December 2017 on The History Channel. It has since been broadcast Asia-wide on the Discovery Channel, and on Cathay-Pacific’s in-flight entertainment service.
Alex is a history nerd, and an award-winning documentary producer and presenter. You can see his presenter showreel here. His work has taken him to some of the less-travelled corners of the world – the back-country of Sierra Leone, the remote Peruvian Andes, insurgent-ridden southern-Philippines and far-flung corners of Burma (Myanmar). He studied politics and history at the University of Cambridge, lives between Myanmar and the UK, and is now a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Max is an award-winning director and cameraman, but above all is a storyteller. He has worked on an array of programmes ranging from X Factor to Top Gear, for every major British TV channel. Max studied Film Design and Production at Kingston University, and is at home in the studio as he is out in the field. He is mainly based in London, but grew up in Manchester alongside Alex Bescoby. He’s earned a reputation for being seemingly indestructible while working in remote places – no matter what nature throws at him, he keeps on filming.
Luke’s curiosity and experience in some of the farther-flung corners of the world make him right at home as Grammar’s shooting researcher. A doc lover through and through he started out in distribution, learning what separates the good from the great and helping award-winning factual films find the perfect audience. Now working in production to bring important and often forgotten stories to life, he’s made video for BBC’s Panorama, Sky News, and recently secured an international reporting grant from One World Media.
Camilo is a London-based percussionist, composer and sound designer whose work covers a variety of musical cultures, from Indian classical to electroacoustic music. As a musician he has toured the world with Talvin Singh, Terry Riley, James Holden & Maverick Sabre and has worked in the studio with Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar. As a sound designer he has recorded some of the best musicians in India on behalf of the Darbar Festival and, more recently, the exquisite ‘exile songs’ of Burma’s forgotten King Thibaw.
Marcus is a travel and marketing expert with 20 years’ experience across Europe, China and Southeast Asia, and has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN and elsewhere. Setting up the online travel business Go-Myanmar.com in 2012, Marcus oversaw its establishment as the most popular and trusted travel website for the country. Marcus is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and is happiest on the road. He now spends his time planning and managing Grammar’s filmmaking expeditions – the more challenging the better!
Charlie is an award-winning product designer who specialises in the outdoor industry Since becoming the youngest Brit to cross Iceland unsupported he has participated in and lead expeditions in diverse conditions and environments - including Greenland, Malawi, Scandinavia, Ethiopia, Austria & Iceland. Charlie is the creative whizz behind all Grammar’s graphic design needs, from websites to exhibitions for our live events. You can check out some of his existing work over on his Expedition Studios site.
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