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When the Fallon Photo Library curator and an American developer go head to head, 10 million unique pieces of British history hang in the balance. An ancient mansion on the outskirts of London is home to a rare and sprawling collection of twentieth century black and white photographs featuring every aspect of human activity imaginable. Also indigenous to the library is a small and eccentric staff, insulated from the outside world and sustained by their passion for the visual treasures they meticulously maintain. But their peaceful livelihood is shattered when their new owner from across the pond arrives and announces his plans to convert the building into an American business college. The collection, an inconvenient obstacle, must be dismantled, sold, and largely destroyed.
|S01E01||Episode 1||10/01/1999||A three-part drama serial by Stephen Poliakoff about a picture library facing closure. When an American property developer arrives in London he is perplexed at the warm welcome he is given by the employees of a vast photographic archive. It seems there has been a misunderstanding and he tells the head of the collection that the ten million pictures will have to be sold or destroyed.|
|S01E02||Episode 2||17/01/1999||Curator Marilyn has to sack the library's resident expert Oswald and begin the task of finding a buyer for the whole collection. After several rejections, she meets the head of an advertising agency who is interested. Oswald, meanwhile, has been investigating the American property developer Anderson.|
|S01E03||Episode 3||24/01/1999||Following a strange telephone call in the middle of the night, Marilyn rushes to Oswald's house to find that he has taken an overdose. Looking through Oswald's possessions, she discovers key clues to Anderson's past.|
|S00E01||Veronica’s Story (DVD Extras)||00/00/0000||Included alongside the original broadcast, two of the minor characters give monologues in which they discuss their favorite photographs. An optional commentary track can be activated for each story. When debuted, viewers were told that one story was true and the other false. Veronica shares images in which meat packers are secretly involved in Winston Churchill’s experimental plan to construct ice ships. While some of the photographs are taken out of context, this story is true.|
|S00E02||Spig’s Story (DVD Extras)||00/00/0000||The second story told by Emilia Fox’s character is a meditation on photographs depicting celebrities before their fame. She discusses a picture of a shadowy figure walking away. Legend has it the mysterious silhouette is someone famous, but no one knows who. The story is a hoax.|
|S00E03||Featurette (DVD Extras)||00/00/0000||Director/writer Stephen Poliakoff discusses his inspiration for the series between interviews with Lindsay Duncan and Timothy Spall. Palikoff walks us through the BBC archives, and in what feels like gratuitous filler, shows off articles on his first film from the 70s. Clive Owen pays a visit and offers his take on the series.|
|S00E04||Photographic Montage (DVD Extras)||00/00/0000||Reviews the photos created for both Lilly’s and Hetty’s stories. We learn from the audio commentary for the main feature that some scenes are staged, while others are doctored renditions of authentic period pieces.|