Here is a wonderful bit of film produced by the BBC back in 1979. Automaton enthusiast Sergio Pinese was good enough to share this fascinating ten minute profile of automaton-maker David Secrett, which was also featured on the Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik blog yesterday. The video shows Secrett's fastidious approach to the art, inspired by the automata of old.
[ Thank you Sergio! Thanks also to Michael Start who passed along information about the film! ]