Published: Thu 18 Apr 2013
Perspectives: Jonathan Ross: Alfred Hitchcock - Made in Britain
TX: Sunday 21 April at 10pm on ITV.
Broadcaster Jonathan Ross follows the life and career of the most celebrated director in the history of cinema, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, in search of the British roots of his unique style in this sixth documentary in the Perspective arts strand for ITV.
A huge fan of the Hollywood legend, Jonathan sets out to discover what led the son of an East End grocer to begin a career in the film industry in Britain.
Jonathan visits the Gainsborough Studios where Alfred Hitchcock secured his first job in the film industry at the age of 20, designing inter-titles which appeared on screen in the silent movies. Just five years later he was directing movies.
He meets veteran actress Jean Marsh who starred in Hitchcock’s penultimate film, Frenzy, to hear what he was like to work with when the great director came back to shoot on location in London in the early 1970s.
As he returns to his own childhood home in East London Jonathan recalls how his first viewing of the iconic Hitchcock movie Psycho “scared the life out me”.