1983 BBC series The Paras follow up

#1
Couldn’t see if this had been posted before. Had a look at the Para's web site today and saw that the BBC are looking to do a “Where are they now?” documentary on 480 platoon from the original 1983 The Para’s series.

This was the programme that made me join the Army wanting to join the Para’s but got sent to the Signals instead. Does anybody else remember the series?
 
#2
Just took a peek at their website. SHAME THEY HAVE TO SHOUT SO MUCH.

ISTR one of the corporals (the one who thought that 480 had it easy because the cameras were around) was killed in NI in the late eighties/early nineties. Something about withdrawing from an OP (he had transferred to the hooligans by then) and walking into a pl sized, Brit equipped PIRA patrol. Anyone else remember this?
 
#4
Yes, it has been discussed in a previous thread. Great series though and one of the pioneering 'fly on the walls'. If I remember rightly, Glyn Worsnip ('Nationwide' & 'That's Life') presented. A follow-up would be great, but will only happen if we can cajole some of the old sweats back into the limelight ( a free bar and a five star hotel ought to do it)!
 
#5
Booty said:
Yes, it has been discussed in a previous thread. Great series though and one of the pioneering 'fly on the walls'. If I remember rightly, Glyn Worsnip ('Nationwide' & 'That's Life') presented.

Ah many thanks Booty i couldnt find a thread on it! Mods you can remove if its all been done before.
 

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#6
stickybomb said:
Just took a peek at their website. SHAME THEY HAVE TO SHOUT SO MUCH.

ISTR one of the corporals (the one who thought that 480 had it easy because the cameras were around) was killed in NI in the late eighties/early nineties. Something about withdrawing from an OP (he had transferred to the hooligans by then) and walking into a pl sized, Brit equipped PIRA patrol. Anyone else remember this?
I think he used to drive around the shot with personal plate of WAR??? Obviously, sad to read of his demise, but I was hooked on that series and will be good to see what they are all upto:

Tattum, Day, Hunt, Ward, Cunningham etal
 
#7
No probs, Harry. If I remember, the thread discussed the whereabouts of the dramatis personae. Then again, I might have dreamt it. In any case, there's no harm in publicising the appeal for the guys to contact the production company.

Hope you're enjoying the sun and the harbour!
 
#9
Harry_Boomers said:
Couldn’t see if this had been posted before. Had a look at the Para's web site today and saw that the BBC are looking to do a “Where are they now?” documentary on 480 platoon from the original 1983 The Para’s series.

This was the programme that made me join the Army wanting to join the Para’s but got sent to the Signals instead. Does anybody else remember the series?
Digged the mood music too, rather black hawk down/Enya.
 
#10
Random_Task said:
[Digged the mood music too, rather black hawk down/Enya.
Dadadada da dada dadadadadadadada .....;something like that
 
#11
Wasn't it a Mike Oldfield noise?
 
#12
Harry's got it. It was a march, with a sort of whistling melody, not unlike (but very vaguely) 'A Bridge Too Far' in tempo and tune. Plus there were a few bars of 'Ride of the Valkyries' thrown in.
 
#13
Yeah it was very much like The Bridge too far theme.
 
#14
Kind of like the 'Behind the Lines' follow-up about the Royal Marine's Mountain and Artic Warfare Cadre (as it was then). Fookin nuts, like doing selection but all in the artic!
 
#15
I remember the RM M&W Cadre follow up it was very good.
 

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#16
stickybomb said:
Just took a peek at their website. SHAME THEY HAVE TO SHOUT SO MUCH.

ISTR one of the corporals (the one who thought that 480 had it easy because the cameras were around) was killed in NI in the late eighties/early nineties. Something about withdrawing from an OP (he had transferred to the hooligans by then) and walking into a pl sized, Brit equipped PIRA patrol. Anyone else remember this?
That was Al Slater who wound up in Air Troop at B Sqn, along with 'Andy McNab', Frank Collins etc. IIRC he was killed as the result of a very slight map reading error: ie, he had dismounted from his veh in thick fog right next to where a PIRA team was waiting, rather than a couple of hundred metres up the road where he was meant to be. I seem to remember that Slater and his oppo were meant to be one of the outer cut-offs. I also seem to remember that after they'd shot Al and were trying to do a runner, one of the PIRA guys drowned in a river.
 
#17
Inf/MP said:
I remember the RM M&W Cadre follow up it was very good.
Are you meaning the actual series on the Cadre or was there some kind of follow up episode about the blokes who passed?, not that there were many of them!
 
#18
Was there another series made similar to the 480 Platoon one? I remember a lad in one of my old Squadrons who was in an entire series about P Company and he was a Sapper...
 
#19
Channel 4 did a one off programme about the All Arms course.
 
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