From England to Egypt, from Hollywood to Havana, from Virginia to France and South Africa, CHASING CHURCHILL: IN SEARCH OF MY GRANDFATHER follows Celia Sandys around the world as she retraces her grandfather Winston Churchill's footsteps to reveal the man behind the famous facade. The series features newly discovered archival footage, photographs and private letters, diaries and paintings from the Churchill archives. Churchill's public life was a remarkable journey, one recounted many times by many people. But his life involved another, much more private journey: to find stillness at the core of his boundless energy; to find solitude amidst the throngs of people he loved to have around him; to find contentment within the turmoil of his lonely, brilliant and troubled life. Churchill's quest for his inner-self took two forms: a constant thirst for exotic travel and a passion for the exuberance of painting and the beauty of words. Sandys traveled extensively with Churchill towards the end of his life. Now, in this intimate portrait, she follows in her grandfather's footsteps to the furthest reaches of the world. By examining his art and literature, viewers will understand his dreams and anxieties and share his innermost thoughts.
Part 1 - Wanted: Dead Or Alive
Celia Sandys begins her pursuit of the enigmatic private life of Winston Churchill at Sandhurst Military Academy, which he left in 1894 and began a journey in search of adventure and danger to gain the adulation he craved. After a brief visit to New York, Sandys visits the battlefields of the Cuban uprising of 1895, where Churchill nearly died, and South Africa, where, after an amazing tale of capture and escape, he finally found the fame that brought him public acclaim.
Part 2 - The Other Country
Churchill fell in love with the United States of America, the land of his mother's birth, during his first visit there in 1894. It was an unlikely match, but it endured, culminating in the special relationship between him and President Roosevelt, which was the bedrock of Allied victory during the Second World War. During this middle period of his life, Sandys focuses on Churchill's growing gift with words and his deepening passion for painting, both of which help illustrate the inner man. Sandys travels extensively throughout the United States and to Egypt, which seemed to lure Churchill to the banks of the Nile at crucial moments in his life.
Part 3 - Worth Doing Once
In this, the third chapter of Churchill's life, Sandys travels to Morocco and to the South of France in search of those places which gave Churchill particular pleasure. He called Morocco, especially Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains, the "most beautiful place on earth". Here, even during the turmoil of the Second World War, he found time to travel with Roosevelt and indulge his favourite relaxation - painting. Towards the end of his life, travel, friends and the solace he found in painting and writing became more and more important to him. As the series comes to its conclusion in the beautiful setting of the Cote d'Azur, Sandys reflects on the life of the man she knew: a life which began on the battlefields of the world, blossomed through remarkable qualities of leadership and inspiration, but then began to fade into the melancholy of old age.
Source: OTA High Definition 1080i
File Size: 700MB
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