What's on the TV today?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Drew5233, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    "Last Heroes of the Somme" is well worth watching and is on again in the middle of the night, or 2.45 a.m. tomorrow morning and on Friday morning at 2 a.m. on 4 Seven, a Freeview channel, if you can get it. It is viewable from the Channel 4 website for the next 29 days if you know how.

    Paul Reed is modest about his role in finding further information about a casualty.

    There is a lot in the programme and it gets on with it, which is commendable. As always with the Battle of the Somme the sheer numbers involved can be overwhelming so concentrating on seven individuals, two of whom were brothers, does help in trying to understand the battle.

    Here's the 4Seven channel listing:

    " 2:45AM

    Last Heroes of the Somme

    [SUB]

    Documentary. One hundred years ago, on 13 November 1916, thousands of British soldiers climbed out of their trenches on the Western Front and headed for the German lines. This was the final, desperate, British offensive in the Battle of the Somme, which had begun disastrously four months earlier. This last push helped turn the Somme from a crushing defeat to a turning point that helped Britain toward victory in WWI. The men who fought this final battle were drawn from every part of Britain and across the Empire. Now a century later, this programme joins the families of seven of the Last Heroes of the Somme, as they rediscover their loved ones' experiences through letters, diaries and an emotional return to the battlefield. Among the heroes whose forgotten stories are revealed are ex-window cleaner and tank gunner Joe Miles, Vere Harmsworth - the son of the Daily Mail press baron Lord Rothermere, and Jamaican brothers Roy and Norman Manley."
     
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  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Tonight, Sunday 15 January BBC One 19.30 Antiques Roadshow, Holocaust Memorial

    As preparations begin to mark Holocaust Memorial Day later this month, Fiona Bruce and a small team of experts meet a remarkable group of British survivors whose lives were shattered by the events of World War II.
    Holocaust Memorial, Series 39, Antiques Roadshow - BBC One
     
  3. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Some very moving stories.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Find Holocaust stuff too damn depressing .
    We're watching Levison Wood ''Walking The Americas''.
     
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Not sure if i heard it right but a Brit army priest heard confessions from german camp guards at Belsen and did not judge them as interperted by a distant relative on the programme
     
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  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    I saw that too Clive, the priest also said that the guards should be forgiven? That apart I thought it to be a very moving program
     
  7. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    On BBC Catch up 49.21.
    Not sure if they had got their facts right, as he is only referred to as Father John. A Roman Catholic padre. Apparently worked with the German camp Pastor.
    father john.jpg paster.jpg
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Yes thats the bit
    Thought it was wrong in the context of the programme
     
  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I couldn't help but watch Carry on Up the Khyber this afternoon, I adore this film. Lately, I enjoy spotting all the medals on display.

    Carry on Khyber.jpg
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Diary of Anne Frank bbc 2 27 Jan 1:30 pm
     
  11. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Memories of D-Day
    I've just missed the majority of it on PBS on Freeview but it looks like it'll be worth looking out for. Despite the uninspiring title, it's a French documentary on the AFPU on D-Day that uses some of the lesser-seen British footage.
     
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  12. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    ^ It's on Freeview HD on PBS America tonight at 2225
     
  13. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Saw this via Twitter which might interest some members:

    Oxford historian AJP Taylor explores the origins of some of the most important modern wars, in his iconic series of television talks for the BBC from 1977. All six talks are to be broadcast again, starting tonight on @BBCParliament, 8pm bbc.in/2IIRLHT
     
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  14. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    Well worth a look, old-fashioned television, very little camera movement. Content interesting, succinct, humorous, and engaging.

    These are the BBC's notes of the whole series broadcast this week at around 8 pm each evening, length about 35 minutes, on BBC Parliament and available on the i-player for about a month from the date of broadcast.

    Sunday 27th May
    1: From French Revolution to French Empire
    How Wars Begin
    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. In the first, made in 1977, he discusses a war of political creeds - with the monarchy on one side and democracy and nationalism on the other.

    Monday 28th May

    2: Two Contrasting Wars
    How Wars Begin
    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. He discusses the Crimean War and the war of national liberation in Italy. First shown on BBC One in July 1977.

    Tuesday 29th May

    3: Bismarck's Wars
    How Wars Begin
    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. He discusses Prussia's conflicts under Bismarck, including the Prusso-Austrian War in 1866 and the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. First shown on BBC One in July 1977.

    Wednesday 30th May

    4: The First World War
    How Wars Begin

    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. He presents his interpretation of the causes of the First World War, rejecting Fifties' theories attributing the outbreak of hostilities to German design. First shown on BBC One in August 1977.

    Thursday 31st May

    5: The Second World War
    How Wars Begin
    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. He considers when World War II started and why. First shown on BBC One in August 1977.

    Friday 1st June

    6: The Cold War
    How Wars Begin

    Six impromptu talks on the origins of war in modern times, delivered straight to camera without any notes by the late AJP Taylor. He considers the origins of the Cold War, citing a history of mistrust between the US and Soviet Russia owing to religious differences, influence in the Middle East, land claims made at the end of the Second World War and the ideological divisions of communism. First shown on BBC One in August 1977.
     
  15. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    Tonight on Channel 4 at 8 p.m.

    Title: "Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes."

    About the programme
    The untold story of the 51st Highland Division, who were left in France when Dunkirk was evacuated, and ordered to fight on against Hitler's war machine, in the face of overwhelming odds
     

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