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Beyond The Clouds by benton on 5 October 2004 11:06pm
Phil Agland's classic first series (first shown on Channel 4 in 1994) is currently being repeated in the UK on digital TV channel BBC Four at 7pm every Monday. Sadly, there are just three, one-hour films left in the run:


The series was filmed in the ancient Yunnan town of Lijiang - the place Michael travels to in the second half of his Himalaya adventure: Day Eighty Three onwards (Pg 195) in the book.

Beyond The Clouds is a television masterpiece and well worth seeking out, even if you have missed the previous four or five films.
Re: Beyond The Clouds by benton on 5 October 2004 11:09pm
...you'll have to copy and paste the whole of that link into your browser for it to work correctly.
Re: Beyond The Clouds by canaveralgumby on 7 October 2004 7:04pm
Thank you for the recommendation. Maybe those of us who CAN'T SEE THE SHOW UNTIL THE SPRING can comfprt ourselves with this, unless of course "BtC" is only on UK format video, too!!!!!
Re: Beyond The Clouds by benton on 11 October 2004 8:51am
Just a reminder for UK readers with access to BBC Four on digital TV, that Beyond The Clouds is on again at 7pm tonight (Monday).

Though I have a CD of the theme music, I have yet to find the series either on VHS or DVD. There's a - totally unrelated - feature film or whatever of the same name...but can't uncover Phil Agland's wonderful films on DVD.

Anyone out there know any different?
Re: Beyond The Clouds by patch on 11 October 2004 10:18pm
Do you know where I can get a copy of the CD from. I have been searching for a while and I cannot seem to find it.
Re: Beyond The Clouds by benton on 12 October 2004 12:55pm
patch...I have the original CD single issued in the UK by Westmoor Music Ltd in 1994 to accompany the series. It includes the theme "Beyond The Clouds" and "The Story So Far". It appears a copy of the single is actually for sale on the web for £4 if you use the right key words in Google, though there are probably better options listed below.

The music to Beyond The Clouds was responsible for just one of the Emmy Awards won by the truly remarkable George Fenton, whose back catalogue of music will astound you - from Blue Planet to Groundhog Day via Bergerac, Shadowlands and the BBC News. As one interviewer commented: "He's written music for pretty much everything."

The theme to Beyond The Clouds can currently be found on two different CD releases, both available to buy on what appears to be George's own record label, Debonair Records:


It's included among the music from Phil Agland's later series Shanghai Vice:



and also on this interesting compilation of themes:


More about George's remarkable CV here:




Hope that helps!

Re: Beyond The Clouds by benton on 12 October 2004 1:11pm
...and, as ever on this discussion space, you need to copy and paste in full those web links which are not fully "highlighted" on the page, then being careful that they are not also preceded in your browser by any URL info from this site.

IE The web links ending in:

= 11
- 1

may not work for you by simply clicking on them. If all else fails, simply go to the Debonair Records Home Page and click on the relevant links on the left. The compilation CD is called "As Seen On TV".
Re: Beyond The Clouds by spooner on 29 October 2004 5:02pm
I was sorry to see the series end, as I missed the first and third. My wife watched 2-5 inclusive. I travel a lot in China, but on business and don't get to see such realities so often. I have been travelling there about 2 months a year total in 3 or 4 trips, since roughly the time of the filming. What has been interesting is to look back at life just after the opening up started, as in the series and compare with the subsequent improvements and mistakes. However like virtually everyone else who contributed to this discussion forum, I am frustrated that National Geographic are only able to issue US/Canada format sales of the film and in fact, only to the US/Canada. Wonder if Mr Palin can kindly get the BBC to negotiate issuing a DVD or video. It is that good. Perhaps a showing on mainstream BBC may help?
PS - I can't wait for Tiger Leaping Gorge on Himalaya this Sunday. Keep up the good work Mr Palin.
Re: Beyond The Clouds by lappinp on 30 October 2004 3:02pm
I to am looking forward to this Sundays episode as we are off to China, Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge on Thursday. First time to Tiger Leaping Gorge and behond but a second visit to wonderful Lijiang and Yunnan in general.

I live very close to Michael and see him the street very frequently.

If Michael would like to sign a copy of his book I have for placement in a Lijiang library please email direct.

Re: Beyond The Clouds by manar on 31 October 2004 6:48pm
I saw this series too on BBC4. It was wonderful, especially the episode when the father took his daughter to Shanghai and the final episode with the family buying the horse and the school children saying their ambitions. I wonder how much it has changed since the film was made.

lappinp - how lucky you are to live near Michael!!

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