What's on the TV today?

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

  1. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    The Pianist. ITV3 10:00 pm.

    If you haven't seen it already, this is a must see. Brilliant film.
  2. Ivan1

    Ivan1 "Take this!!!"

    Indeed, a very good movie. It was interesting to see how he has witnessed all of the important events - the Warsaw ghetto uprising, partisan attacks, etc.
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    1900hrs BBC2 Once a Soldier. Part 6 of 8

    Tonight is about women soon to become residents in The Chelsea Hospital

    1935hrs Chann4 Soldier Girls: On the road to Afghanistan.

    Two very different women going through MA Sandhurst before deploying to Afganistan
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hahaha All the men were in the Gym working out (Showing off) when the ladies were being shown around the hospital.......Good to see the competitive streak and testosterone hasn't died in em !

    Good on em ;)
  5. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    It's on today, repeated in an hour.

    just watching now. Tape it if you can, it's the only
    subtitled version available!

    sky channel 323-326

    It's not on the tv today, not even this month, but I caught the back end of a terrific movie the other day, one unknown to me and the type I love - foreign movie made shortly after the war in the correct locations and with the correct kit and the real people playing themselves!

    There is a working Tiger tank which you see get petrol bombed. there's SS men with original uniforms etc....

    Also, it's on one of those back-end channels on the Sky network.

    It isn't available on DVD, so when it's on again (hopefully next month) I'll record it and can happily make it available to interested forum members -

    - nudgenudgewinkwinksaynomore - ;)

    The movie: Silent Barricade (1949)

    Nemá barikáda (1949)

    sky channel 323-326
    This Week - Movies4Men
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    SAS Warrior

    Thu April 2nd at 8:00pm on Channel 531

    How did a shy grocer's son from Northern Ireland help change the course of World War II? SAS Warrior tells the story of Lt. Col. Blair 'Paddy' Mayne, an unlikely hero whose tactical genius and extraordinary courage helped influence the way modern warfare is fought.

    Half a century after his death, the most decorated allied soldier of World War II is still regarded as one of the greatest, most controversial people in the history of military special operations. Among his many feats, the handsome and daring soldier pioneered tactics still used today by the organisation he helped to form, the SAS.

    Blair Mayne was one of a family of seven children and at a young age proved to be an extraordinary sportsman - by the age of 13 he could drive a golf ball further than most adults and before long representing Ulster, and then Ireland and Britain in Rugby. At Queens University he was named all-Ireland Universities Heavyweight Boxing Champion; and by 22 was chosen to tour with the British Lions to South Africa where he impressed even the opposition with his strength and stamina.

    Archive material and special re-enactments tell the story of Mayne's early war years - from joining the 11th Scottish Commandos in 1939 where he earned the nickname Paddy and proved himself a skilful soldier and leader, through to his time as legendary commander of the SAS. It wasn't an easy path by any means. Mayne might even have ended up back home with a dishonourable discharge if it wasn't for the intervention of one Lieutenant David Stirling.

    It was after a particularly brutal raid in Lebanon in 1941 that Mayne reacted violently against the ineptness of his Commanding Officer - a man he considered inexperienced, arrogant and insincere. Mayne hit him and was awaiting court-marshal and certain dismissal when he received the life changing visit.

    Stirling had heard of Mayne's skill as a leader and fighter and sought him out to offer a fresh start. Mayne was to help lead and train a new and radical group of soldiers. They were to be called the SAS.

    High profile military historian and SAS expert Anthony Kemp provides a psychological profile, giving an insight into Mayne's motivation and character. What drove a shy man to become deadly warrior? What made him excel as a leader and what frustrations drove him to terrible tempers? Why did Mayne never marry?

    Through a series of letters from the Front to his family, Mayne reveals his thoughts and feelings about the war and about the fledgling SAS.

    Mayne's toughness, his thoroughness and bravery made him a popular leader, his amazing deeds proving his worth as a soldier who should rank alongside history's greatest warriors.

    In one of many incidents Mayne disabled a German fighter plane by pulling out the control panel with his bare hands; and on another occasion showed audacity by returning to enemy territory to count the tally of destroys from the previous night, just to settle a bet with Stirling.

    Mayne's life after the war seemed to lose direction. A back injury forced him to retire from an expedition to the Antarctic while any adventures back home usually involved alcohol-fuelled escapades that sometimes got out of hand. An eventful and dramatic life filled with achievement, adventure and success came to a sudden and sad end in a car crash at the age of 40.

    Late one night in 1955, a car was driving down a quiet Newtownards Road when it spun out of control and crashed, killing a living legend at the age of forty. After miraculously surviving six years in the thick of war, Blair Mayne could not survive the peace.
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The Brits Who Fought For Spain

    Wed April 1st at 9:00pm on Channel 531

    Seventy years ago, during the Spanish Civil War, almost 2,500 British volunteers travelled to Spain under the banner of the International Brigade to fight for the Spanish Republic against the rising tide of Facism.

    Many were killed in action; others were captured and sent to concentration camps. Those that made it home were scarred for life by what they saw; mass executions, brother fighting brother, neighbour killing neighbour, whole villages and communities ransacked, pillaged and exterminated, with the victims buried in mass roadside graves.

    As we approach the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War in 2009, less than twenty of these volunteers are alive. Theirs is a unique story; the story of men and women volunteering to leave their homes and families in Britain to fight a war in a far away country; to lay down their lives for a cause worth fighting for; who believed passionately that the Spanish Republic's fight was their fight despite threats of reprisal from their own Government.
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The Secret History of the IRA

    Fri April 3rd at 5:00pm
    Mon April 6th at 1:00pm on Channel 531

    In the post-war era, a wave of decolonisation swept across the decaying British Empire. British forces became embroiled in a number guerrilla wars. In Palestine, Kenya, Cyprus and Malaya, indigenous forces waged war on their imperial oppressors. However, Britain’s long running struggle with the Irish Republican Army has proved to be the most enduring, and arguably most damaging, conflict of all.

    This documentary examines the actions and attitudes of the IRA between 1945 and 1969. Combining a strong narrative and exclusive interviews with eye-witnesses and those who participated at first hand, it offers a fascinating account of subterfuge and counter-intelligence which marked the IRA’s campaign.

    We also look at gun-running and lightning raids, the bloody events of a six-year border campaign, and the power struggle between the hawks and doves of Republicanism which ultimately led to the formation of the Provisional IRA.

    Through a series of exclusive interviews with surviving gunrunners of the Northern Action Committee filmed in New York, we outline the fundraising and gun running operations of Clan na Gael and the Northern Action Committee in the United States of America.

    Through the words of former IRA activists and archive footage drawn from un-broadcast private collections, the documentary charts the evolution of Irish Republicanism before the Northern ‘Troubles’.

    This unique insight into an otherwise hidden chapter of British and Irish history is driven by the words of veterans who survived to tell the tale. It captures a rare chapter of oral history, bridging an important gap in Ireland’s historical record: the missing link between pre-war and post-war Republicanism - the doctrine which gave rise to the Provisional IRA.
  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    SAS Warrior

    Thu April 2nd at 8:00pm on Channel 531

    How did a shy grocer's son from Northern Ireland help change the course of World War II? SAS Warrior tells the story of Lt. Col. Blair 'Paddy' Mayne, an unlikely hero whose tactical genius and extraordinary courage helped influence the way modern warfare is fought.

    There's a good chunk about Paddy Mayne in the Biography of David Stirling, written by Alan Hoe. Excellent book.
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I believe the chap should have been given several VC's but military politics stopped him from getting what he deserved?

    A old army buddy of mine from NI was a big big fan of his and always promised me we'd drive over to NI to see his grave and I believe a memorial of him.

  11. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    He was a Maverick, which the establishment did not like. We needed people like these during a time of conflict. A true hero.:poppy:
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Not really my cup of tea but I know there is a interest in this sort of thing and a thread on a FW-190 Recovery operation.

    Mega Movers: Extreme Aircraft Recovery

    Sat March 28th at 5:00pm
    Fri April 3rd at 10:00pm
    Sat April 4th at 11:00am Channel 531

    In the brand new series of Mega Movers, we follow the relocation of the largest, heaviest and least mobile historic structures imaginable. In this episode, we scrutinise the monumental moves which accompanied the aviation antics of both sides during the Second World War. We observe the crucial planning process, explaining how aviation experts needed to pay detailed attention to size, weight, weather, traffic and clearance.

    Aeroplanes and pilots played a crucial role in securing our skies during the Second World War, something that contributed massively to eventual victory for the Allies. At the forefront of the conflict’s airborne element were a number of aircraft which have recently been rediscovered in some of the most hostile locations imaginable.

    We join a team of Mega Movers as they risk their lives in order to salvage four such aircraft. Driven by a desire to preserve these relics, they brave sub-zero temperatures in order to free a P-38 entombed 260 feet below a glacier.

    Working on the floor of the frigid North Sea, they recover a rare Nazi Focke-Wulf 190. A B-24 on a remote island has to be hauled down towering cliffs and dragged aboard a recovery boat 250 feet off shore. In a move that will tragically claim the life of a crew member, a rare P-61 ‘Black Widow’ is recovered from nearly 7,000 feet up a mountainside in a snake infested jungle. Braving the horrors of their surroundings, this show is a testament to the spirit, courage and determination of Mega Movers.
  13. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    The Kindertransport Story

    BBC1 Monday 6 April 10.35pm - 11.05pm

    In the months leading up to World War Two, nearly 10,000 unaccompanied, mostly Jewish youngsters left Germany and the Nazi-controlled territories of Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia and found sanctuary in Britain. Richard Attenborough relates his own family's experiences of fostering two refugee girls, while three of those rescued, now in their eighties, share their memories of pre-war Viennese life and the violent persecution of the Jews under Hitler.
  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Can I strongly recommend anyone who has the faintest interest in the Holocaust that you must make a point of watching this documentary:

    Nazi Scrapebooks: Auschwitz Album. Currently showing on the National Geographic Channel.

    One of the most intriguing and fascinating programmes I've ever watched on this terrible subject based around a photograph album anom handed in to the Holocaust Museum in Washington a few years ago.

    Nazi Scrapbooks From Hell | National Geographic Channel

    Auschwitz through the lens of the SS: Photos of Nazi leadership at the camp

  15. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    Mega Movers: Extreme Aircraft Recovery

    Any idea when these programs are on next I missed them!

    Lee F
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive


    It's on now on chann 527

    I can't find out when it's next showing unfortuanately-It's not listed again this week

  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    This looks very good too from a advert just on:

    Churchill's German Army
    Discover the untold story of the 10, 000 Germans and Austrians who sacrificed everything to join the Allies in the fight against Hitler.

    The National Geographic Channel No. 526, Sunday 26/04/09 at 2100hrs-That's 9pm for the civies :D

  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    The Waffen-SS

    Fri April 17th at 10:00pm Channel 531

    Opinions still differ, even today, on the military arm of the SS. Was the Waffen-SS the criminal terror instrument of Nazi genocide or were there "soldiers like any others" fighting in its ranks, as the SS General Paul Hausser claimed after the end of the war?

    The Waffen-SS was only a small group until 1939, beginning the war as an auxiliary of the Wehrmacht. However, it developed swiftly to become a state within a state. Already, in the first days of the Blitzkrieg in Poland and in the West, the troupe had fought with a fanaticism so ruthless that the civilian population was terrified, and even the leaders of the Wehrmacht were concerned.

    The Waffen-SS found its true vocation in 1941 with "Operation Barbarossa", the invasion of the Soviet Union. Here Himmler's "racial warriors" were the vanguard, determined to implement with the utmost brutality the "extermination of the Jewish-Bolshevik subhuman" as decreed by Hitler and to realize the National Socialist vision of "Lebensraum in the East". Increasingly, as the German offensive began to falter, the ever expanding Waffen-SS units had to act as a kind of "fire brigade" for the Wehrmacht: the "elite" was literally sent to the slaughter.

    High losses soon led to a slackening of the selection criteria for the Waffen-SS: Dutchmen, Norwegians, Frenchmen, Baltic, Muslim and even Indian divisions soon fought under the command of the Waffen-SS. The "Germanic elite troupe" had become an army of 900,000 men.

    The Waffen-SS still stands as a symbol of brutality, terror and massacres. In this documentary, we portray the involvement of the elite troupe in the vicissitudes of the war of extermination and show, at the same time, the coercion of a regime from which no-one was exempt.
  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    One for the Italian nuts on here:

    Italy's Stalingrad: Ortona 1943

    The Battle of Ortona is not a name that resonates like The Siege of Stalingrad or The Normandy Landings, but it was just as crucial for the Italian campaign in the Second World War. The terrible violence of the conflict and the lack of a ceasefire on Christmas Day make it a painful and dramatic event that has left deep scars on the souls of the survivors and has given rise to some uncomfortable questions.

    In December 1943, Allied forces made up of Canadian infantry regiments, advanced up the peninsula, while German divisions tried to hold their position. A battle was inevitable and disastrous for both sides, as well as for the civilian population. The soldiers fought street by street, destroying everything in their path, while the Italian civilians took refuge in caves, cellars and the town hospital. After many days of fighting, the Germans finally pulled back. The fighting had claimed the lives of 867 Germans, 1,372 Canadians and 1,314 Italian civilians. The total figure is shocking and out of proportion for an objective that was not considered of vital importance. So why did the battle take place? Why did the German troops make such an effort to defend a town of no strategic importance? Why did the Canadians want to conquer Ortona at all costs? Why did so many Ortona veterans among the Canadian troops need counselling when they returned home, despite the fact that they were the victors?

    The remains of those who fell in battle are still being found. The presence of so many bodies in the countryside and in the city has raised calls for the creation of a German cemetery. It is important to reconstruct the battle in order to understand what really happened. The survivors of the appalling battle are the witnesses who will guide us across the inferno that was the city of Ortona. Through them, we reconstruct events and relive the emotions they felt during those dreadful days of war. Reconstructions and re-enactments, an extraordinary, incredibly realistic model of the war-torn town, as well as Italian, German and Canadian experts and historians help us to place the battle in its historic and human context. Incredible audio, video and photographic archive material, seen for the very first time, will be our window into the past.
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Just for the Airborne nuts on here:

    Hitler, Churchill and the Paratroopers

    Friday 24th April, 1500hrs on Channel 531

    Video Clip

    In this gripping documentary, we revisit the costly yet successful German operation to capture the island of Crete from the Allies in May 1941. Crete was the site of the first entirely airborne invasion in history. We place the fiercely fought struggle in its wider historical and military context, revealing the radically different conclusions that Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill drew from the event.

    After the evacuation of Greece, the island held around 32,000 British and Commonwealth troops and about 10,000 Greek infantry. The German forces, who enjoyed complete air superiority, were able to bomb the island at will as a prelude to an airborne attack. On 20th May, German paratroops landed in several areas and severe fighting ensued; an attempt at landing seaborne reinforcements was thwarted by the Royal Navy. The Germans managed to capture Maleme airfield and were then able to reinforce by air. On 28th May, it was decided that the island could no longer be held and evacuation of Allied troops began.

    The battle inflicted massive casualties upon both sides. Around 3,600 British and Commonwealth troops were killed and about 12,000 were taken prisoner. Roughly 6,000 Germans were killed or wounded, while 220 aircraft were lost. The German airborne forces were pulverized most severely; they sustained a casualty rate of over fifty percent.

    Although the battle was seen as a resounding victory for the Germans, Hitler was so appalled by the astronomical losses sustained that he forbade any further major airborne operations. Churchill, however, became convinced of the potential of airborne tactics. British and American paratroop armies were quickly formed.

    Using spectacular archive film – including an astonishing Germans propaganda film which was made to celebrate the victory - this film recaptures the brutality of the conflict and examines the role of paratroopers in modern warfare. Moving testimony from German and British veterans of the battle completes our look at this decisive event in world history.

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