The effect of great exhibitions on everyday life and design in the house, including still photos of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Excerpts from "Brief City," a 1952 documentary about The Festival of Britain, held in 1951, are shown. A study of French expressionist Bernard Buffet at work is seen as well.
A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the image of young Elgar riding his horse around Malvern Hills.