Britain's Armed History. Starts tonight 05.01.17. BBC4

#2
It looks good- though the line in the trailer " make history not war" is stupid and a bit "right on".
In the general mish-mash of poliical correctness that is BBC programming it amazes me that this sort of show actually gets made. I somehow imagine that within the BBC's hierarchy there must be strange little nooks and crannies which are regarded by the rest of the organisation with a sneery sniggery contempt, thought of as a bit of a career dead end.
 
#3
It looks good- though the line in the trailer " make history not war" is stupid and a bit "right on".
In the general mish-mash of poliical correctness that is BBC programming it amazes me that this sort of show actually gets made. I somehow imagine that within the BBC's hierarchy there must be strange little nooks and crannies which are regarded by the rest of the organisation with a sneery sniggery contempt, thought of as a bit of a career dead end.

Hard to conceive of today's BBC making a series such as "The Gun" again ( a documentary series about the evolution of firearms); apparently they even destroyed the recordings so that no-one can obtain a copy or re-show it...
 
#4
Hard to conceive of today's BBC making a series such as "The Gun" again ( a documentary series about the evolution of firearms); apparently they even destroyed the recordings so that no-one can obtain a copy or re-show it...
Disgraceful behaviour, if that is what they did.
 
#5
It looks good- though the line in the trailer " make history not war" is stupid and a bit "right on".
In the general mish-mash of poliical correctness that is BBC programming it amazes me that this sort of show actually gets made. I somehow imagine that within the BBC's hierarchy there must be strange little nooks and crannies which are regarded by the rest of the organisation with a sneery sniggery contempt, thought of as a bit of a career dead end.
You're kind of right actually - we're all getting made redundant.
 
#7
Hard to conceive of today's BBC making a series such as "The Gun" again ( a documentary series about the evolution of firearms); apparently they even destroyed the recordings so that no-one can obtain a copy or re-show it...
Not true at all. I can see the series available to access on the BBC archive database. You can kind of see why they're making such cuts when there's such a constant battle against this kind of nonsense being accepted as fact. The fact is, the entire department at BBC Bristol who make these Sam Willis series, Timeshift, etc are all getting made redundant in February. The Daily Mail et al always review these shows positively, and yet they're not going to be made any more. You can't have your cake and eat it.
 
#8
The Gun is available on youtube


It's from considerably before my time however I think it is a very interesting and well produced series and stands up well against the plethora of American Pawn Pickers Alien Moon Nazis currently aired on Discovery etc.
 
#9
Not true at all. I can see the series available to access on the BBC archive database. You can kind of see why they're making such cuts when there's such a constant battle against this kind of nonsense being accepted as fact. The fact is, the entire department at BBC Bristol who make these Sam Willis series, Timeshift, etc are all getting made redundant in February. The Daily Mail et al always review these shows positively, and yet they're not going to be made any more. You can't have your cake and eat it.
Well, fair enough, I should have checked for myself. I was recounting the nature of the message that had been given separately to two sets of enquiries in the past - both to groups who were interested in getting the series published on DVD or digital format.
 
#10
Not true at all. I can see the series available to access on the BBC archive database. You can kind of see why they're making such cuts when there's such a constant battle against this kind of nonsense being accepted as fact. The fact is, the entire department at BBC Bristol who make these Sam Willis series, Timeshift, etc are all getting made redundant in February. The Daily Mail et al always review these shows positively, and yet they're not going to be made any more. You can't have your cake and eat it.
I see you are new to this august website, welcome to the world of arrse...
I rather fear that as part of the BBC ( even soon to be ex BBC) you may not receive much sympathy for your employment predicament.
 
#11
I see you are new to this august website, welcome to the world of arrse...
I rather fear that as part of the BBC ( even soon to be ex BBC) you may not receive much sympathy for your employment predicament.
Its current output and make-up is down to the BBC being purged by successive govts, regardless of political hue, through the constant changes to its governance and the loss of a long term Charter.
 

Goatman

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#12
Shall watch with interest. Three parter.

( Anyone know if the engineering drawings for a Welrod are available please?)

.22 LR I believe.

Edit: no, .32ACP
 
#14
Shall watch with interest. Three parter.

( Anyone know if the engineering drawings for a Welrod are available please?)

.22 LR I believe.

Edit: no, .32ACP
Why/? Who do you want to kill?

Try here:

TIMELAPSE.DK
 

Goatman

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#15
;-) seen.

14,000 made.....goodness
 
#16
Shall watch with interest. Three parter.

( Anyone know if the engineering drawings for a Welrod are available please?)

.22 LR I believe.

Edit: no, .32ACP
Also 9mm...
 
#17
Sorry guys, initially put the wrong time- it's 21.00 not 20.00 in case you were wondering how Killer Whales fitted in!
Well, if they have guns probably quite well and they do have the right name.

As to the BBC production, they do seem to be outsourcing a lot of production and then losing the bidding war when it becomes popular. This does not seem to me to be a good business model as the BBC do all the leg work and another TV company come along and make a lot of money from it when it is popular. But then it is not run as a business.
 
#18
To be fair the BBC has used externally produced content since the early 80s when independent TV had its surge. As soon as satellite TV came along the production capabilities increased & competition accordingly. Its a minority of BBC produced content now. BBC productions are also regularly bought by CH4 & ITV.. Plus BBC World is a separate business that sell content across the globe - BBC america etc.
 
#19
Enjoyed it,looking forward to next episodes.I used to do Longbow archery,max I could pull was abt 70lbs,half of what that chap was pulling.
 

seaweed

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#20
To pull the real thing one would have had to practice from late adolescence. One of the skeletons discovered in the wreck of the Mary Rose was that of an archer; his bone structure was distorted from years of professional archery.


The Men of the Mary Rose - The Mary Rose Museum :

" .. Examination of the skeletal remains shows that many men had a condition called os acromiale, which affected their shoulder blades. Modern professional archers today have a similar condition. It’s caused by stress on the arm and shoulder muscles when shooting an arrow. .."
 

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