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Savage Skies

Synopsis
Series examining extreme weather conditions and their effects, using footage taken by those caught up on the events and their first-hand accounts.
1) Thunderhead clouds, thunderstorms, ‘lightning bullets’ in America, flash floods in Lynmouth in Devon, giant hailstones, devastating winds that can knock planes from the sky.
2) Tornadoes and lightning bolts, and people who chase tornados. Includes footage of a tornado that went through Wichita, Kansas, in 1991.
3) The destructive power of hurricanes, with footage of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in August 1992. Shows how the behaviour of the skies is linked to the seas. Tells of families whose homes wewre ripped from over their heads and asks if Britain’s October 1987 storm was really a hurricane.
4) Archive footage and eye-witness reports recall stories of record snowfalls, blizzards, and Britain’s big freeze in 1962-63. Shows Oimyakon, Siberia, the coldest town on earth; surviving blizzards in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains; snowfalls in Buffalo, New York.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; 2 videocassettes. VHS. col. 208 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
out of distribution; 2000 sale: £19.99 (inclusive) 2000 sale: £59.95 (+VAT +p&p) - Granada
Notes
Broadcast on ITV from 19/3/96.
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
hurricanes; meteorology; weather

Credits

Producer
Bill Jones

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.18
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
200 minutes
Year
2013

Sections

Title
Fire and rain
Synopsis
1) Thunderhead clouds, thunderstorms, 'lightning bullets' in America, flash floods in Lynmouth in Devon, giant hailstones, devastating winds that can knock planes from the sky.

Title
Riders on the storm
Synopsis
2) Tornadoes and lightning bolts, and people who chase tornados. Includes footage of a tornado that went through Wichita, Kansas, in 1991.

Title
Monsters from the deep
Synopsis
3) The destructive power of hurricanes, with footage of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in August 1992. Shows how the behaviour of the skies is linked to the seas. Tells of families whose homes wewre ripped from over their heads and asks if Bri

Title
Winter’s tale, The
Synopsis
4) Archive footage and eye-witness reports recall stories of record snowfalls, blizzards, and Britain's big freeze in 1962-63. Shows Oimyakon, Siberia, the coldest town on earth; surviving blizzards in Scotland's Cairngorm mountains; snowfalls in Buffalo,

Production Company

Name

Granada Television

Web
http://www.granadamedia.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7734 8080
Fax
020 7494 6280
Address
Non-Theatric Sales
36 Golden Square
London
W1R 4AH

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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