Village to reach new heights on TV documentary

TELEVISION viewers will be given a bird s eye view of Cambourne when the village is features in a forthcoming BBC documentary. Hosted by journalist and presenter, Andrew Marr, the area will play a role in a new documentary, Britain From Above. The program

TELEVISION viewers will be given a bird's eye view of Cambourne when the village is features in a forthcoming BBC documentary.

Hosted by journalist and presenter, Andrew Marr, the area will play a role in a new documentary, Britain From Above.

The programme uses satellite technology and hours of footage shot from the skies above the British Isles to give a bird's eye perspective of the land.

Cambourne is featured in the second episode of the BBC2 series - to be shown on Sunday, August 17.


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The show will focus on the transformation of East Anglia since the war, beginning with the building of the M11 and the proliferation of new towns.

A total of 50 years after the development of the country's first new town Harlow in Essex, the show's producers point to Cambourne as being an example of a sought-after place to live.

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While towns like Harlow, Peterborough and Milton Keynes were developed to house overspill population from London, Cambourne is highlighted as a village where people from the surrounding area have chosen to live.

David Chare, project director of Cambourne Consortium, features in the programme talking about the kind of lifestyle the first people to move into the village demanded.

"We are certainly not creating an urban town lifestyle," said Mr Chare. "It's very much akin to a rural lifestyle which is reflected in the style of the open spaces."

A production crew from Lion TV spent two days shooting scenes of Cambourne life for the documentary and further views were shot from the skies using light aircraft.

"We are delighted Cambourne is to feature in such a high-profile television programme," added Mr Chare. "In the 10 years since work started here the area has been transformed with a much-improved road network, open spaces and of course the ever-increasing number of facilities Cambourne boasts. It is a prime example of how new communities can enhance an area and quickly become part of the landscape."

CAPTIONS: HYxbritainfromabove.jpg: SCREEN STARDOM: Andrew Marr spent time in a helicopter above Cambourne for a new BBC documentary.

Hxcambournefromabove1.jpg: BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Cambourne from above.

Pictures: JASON HAWKES / LION TELEVISION / BBC.

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