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ACROSS THE LAKE 1988 Anthony Hopkins As Donald Campbell A amazing True Story

Includes documentaries
(Bluebird The Spirit Reborn)
A British Legend
The Search For Bluebird Donald Campbell
Period drama Across The Lake, shown as part of the Sunday Premiere strand, looked at the last sixty days in the life of speed ace Donald Campbell who in 1967 famously crashed his craft "The Bluebird" whilst trying the break the 300mph barrier. His first run had notched up an incredible 297mph and during the course of his second run he did go faster than 300mph but his craft then lifted out of the water and completely disintegrated on landing. Campbell's body was only recovered in 2001. The real Donald Campbell was a legendary figure and was following in his father Malcolm's footsteps, even continuing the name of his various crafts in honour of his father and throughout the fifties and sixties broke many water speed records. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant in the lead role, very strong as Campbell and there is quite the air of sadness over the whole drama given that you know how it ends before it begins. cast ANTHONY HOPKINS JOHN ROWE ROSEMARY LEACH DEXTER FLETCHER PHYLLIS CALVERT JULIETTE GRASSBY ANGELA RICHARDS MARK STRATTON JULIA WATSON EWAN HOOPER BRIAN OSBORNE TERENCE HARVEY PETER HARLOWE DANIEL ANDRÉ-PAGEON ROBERT EAST PETER MEAKIN JEFFREY LONGMORE PAUL WILLIAMSON JONATHAN ELSOM RICHENDA CAREY NICHOLAS FRY GUY OLIVER-WATTS
Includes documentaries
(Bluebird The Spirit Reborn)
A British Legend
The Search For Bluebird Donald Campbell
Following the team who recovered Donald Campbell's iconic Bluebird Jet Boat 34 years after it's fatal crash, revealing what happened when Campbell lost control of his boat at over 300mph.............

(A British Legend The Search For Bluebird Donald Campbell)

A British Legend – The Search For Bluebird tells the story of Donald Campbell who died when his jet hydroplane Bluebird (K7) crashed on Coniston Water, Cumbria, on 4 January 1967. Diver Bill Smith searched for the remains for four years. In March 2001 a salvage team attempts to raise the wreckage.
Bluebird K7 was a hydroplane with which Donald Campbell set seven water speed records. Campbell lost his life in K7 on January 4 1967 whilst undertaking a record attempt on Coniston Water.
In 1966, Campbell decided to once more try for a water speed record; a target of 300 mph (480 km/h).
K7 was fitted with a lighter and more powerful Bristol Siddeley Orpheus engine, taken from a Folland Gnat jet aircraft, which developed 4,500 pound-force (20 kN) of thrust. The new K7 had modified sponsons, a vertical stabiliser (also from a Gnat) and a new, streamlined canopy for the pilot. The boat returned to Coniston for trials in November 1966. These did not go well; the weather was appalling and K7 destroyed her engine when the air intakes collapsed under the demands of the more powerful engine and debris was drawn into the engine compressor blades. The engine was replaced, although Campbell reportedly had to buy an entire crash-damaged Gnat aircraft for scrap to obtain another engine. The original engine remained on the slipway for the rest of the project, shrouded in a tarpaulin.
Eventually, by the end of November, some high-speed runs were made, but well below the existing record. Problems with the fuel system meant that the engine could not develop maximum power. Eventually, by the end of December, this problem was fixed and better weather was waited for to mount an attempt.

On 4 January 1967, Campbell was killed when K7 flipped over and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h). Bluebird had completed a perfect north-south run at an average of 297.6 mph (478.9 km/h), and Campbell used a new water brake to slow K7 from her peak speed of 315 mph (507 km/h). Instead of refuelling and waiting for the wash of this run to subside, as had been pre-arranged, Campbell decided to make the return run immediately. The second run was even faster; as K7 passed the start of the measured kilometre, she was travelling at over 320 mph (510 km/h). However her stability had begun to break down as she travelled over the rough water, and the boat started tramping from sponson to sponson. 150 yards from the end of the measured mile, K7 lifted from the surface and took off at a 45-degree angle. She somersaulted and plunged back into the lake, nose first. The boat then cartwheeled across the water before coming to rest. The impact broke K7 forward of the air intakes (where Donald was sitting) and the main hull sank shortly afterwards. Campbell had been killed instantly. Mr Whoppit, Campbell's teddy bear mascot, was found among the floating debris and the pilot's helmet was recovered. Royal Navy divers made efforts to find and recover the body but, although the wreck of K7 was found, they called off the search without locating his body.

The wreckage of Campbell's craft was recovered by the Bluebird Project between October 2000 when the first sections were raised and June 2001 when Campbell's body was recovered. The largest section representing approximately two thirds of the main hull was raised on 8th March 2001. The wreck had been located by diver Bill Smith.

Controversy over the recovery
Campbell's body was recovered from the lake on 28 May 2001 and he was interred in Coniston cemetery on 12 September 2001.

Campbell's sister Jean Wales had been against the recovery of the boat and her brother's body out of respect for his stated wish that, in the event of something going wrong, "Skipper and boat stay together". This quote is usually attributed to Donald Campbell when in the final days of 1964 he was waiting for weather to attempt a record but an attempt seemed so unlikely that colleagues were pressing him to leave. He refused and broke the record on the last day of 1964. Jean Wales did not attend his burial or ever visit his grave though she did remain in daily contact with the salvage crew as the boat was being salvaged.
Restoration and future running

As of 2008, K7 is being restored to a workable condition in Northumberland.
As of May 2009, permission has been given for a one off set of proving trials of Bluebird, on Coniston Water, where she will be tested to a safe speed for demonstration purposes only, if and when she is finally tested will be up to the British government, the restoration of Bluebird is also nearing completion as of May 2009.
Region:Worldwide Play
Encoded:PAL or NTSC
Sourced:TV Recording
Filming Locations:Coniston Water, Lake District, Cumbria, England.
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