Channel 5 tonight 30/1 at 2200 - Royals in Afghan

Rod924

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#1
Just a heads up as not seen it posted

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Rod924

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#3
#4
Well I've just watched it from the safety of my sofa but I'm not really qualified to comment...
 
#6
Well I really enjoyed it while eating my pizza. Next time I'm ordering extra peppers though.
 
#7
I thought it was better viewing than the Ross Kemp Afghan efforts - less from the host and more from the blokes on the ground.
 
#8
Agreed. Ross Kemp's was very shooty, but it was a bit difficult to follow what was going on- probably like the real thing then? I suppose being able to follow what's going on is a luxury we're used to when watching films on tv.
This C5 one showed what seems like a new 'baiting' strategy which was very interesting but I was reluctant to comment further, on this site anyway, as I've no idea how it compares to the real thing, not having been there myself. Would be interesting to hear from anyone who has been there but maybe this is not preferred viewing when on leave? (I've no idea.)
 
#9
The two dickers they shot and killed didn't think much about it. That'll teach em! Overall it was an interesting program. I've obviously not been there but, I know it's hot an dusty and they'll be sweating their nuts off and off duty as much as you can be there but manning the wall in your shorts seems weird to me. If there's a sudden need to get outside, People have got to get completely dressed which can be a bit of a delay. Just saying? I like though how they went hunting for the Taliban and got a good result. Nice to see that other than a shitty ending. Well done to the Bootnecks.
 
#10
I noticed the filmaker mentioned just ONCE, in an offhand kind of way, that it was FIFTY DEGREES!! **** me, carrying all that kit.

Let's hope they do well next week too.
 
#11
Let's hope they do well next week too.
Absolute classic :thumright: yes lets hope, RGJ they had to man the walls in shorts, naked shooting is banned! besides i'm guessing it was a little hot for ballgowns.
 
#14
Several questions I would have from the comfort of my armchair but for once will wind neck in.

Well done the Booties for taking at least 1 down and maybe three, let.s hope they continued with the attrition and the natives took the hint.
 
#15
yes great programme the lads appreciate the film maker and showed in his close up one to one interview. He made another documentary a few years ago about the Royal Marines and Green Beret Commando Selection course etc. I think he is the oldest man ever to pass the selection fitness course and a civvy to boot.

Chris Terrill - Chris Terrill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
#16
let.s hope they continued with the attrition and the natives took the hint.

The natives will it'll be the ones from Pakistan/Suadi who won't. The bit were the taliban got the kids to dick/move the dead bodies was pretty low and shows the hypocracy of them when someone decides to lag over a stiff.
 
#17
yes great programme the lads appreciate the film maker and showed in his close up one to one interview. He made another documentary a few years ago about the Royal Marines and Green Beret Commando Selection course etc. I think he is the oldest man ever to pass the selection fitness course and a civvy to boot.

Chris Terrill - Chris Terrill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chis is indeed a hoofing film maker and bloke in general, I'm sure he would be the first to correct you that there is more to passing the "Commando course" (Green Beret Selection course? is this for the Commando re-enactment society?) than making the times on the test. He did complete the tests with the lads, a hoofing effort for a man of his age due to this and the traits of the man he was awarded the Honorary Green Beret, as you can see this allows him to blend in with the boys and produce the results.

[h=2]CHRIS TERRILL[/h][h=3]Creative Director[/h]Chris has established himself as one of the foremost documentary makers in the country - specialising in films about people and communities as well as the military and high adventure. His proudest possession is the honorary green beret he was awarded when filming for Commando on the Front Line. He became the only civilian and the oldest person to pass the gruelling commando tests.
 

Goatman

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#18
I met Chris Terrill very briefly in Bastion ( he was on his way through to whichever FOB the Booties were manning at the time)....as those who remember the documentary about him passing the green lid course, physically he comes across as a strong old boy ....and I know he 's well regarded by the Corps management .

Look forward to the series.
 
#19
The documentary maker has worked damn hard to get that close to the Royal Marines. He underwent the Marine training himself and has been working hard for at least 5 years to get in a position to make quality documentaries like this.

Once again I a bit concerned it shows too much details on strengths and weaknesses, SOPs etc but hey, just my view. Things change all the time too.
I may be wrong, but I believe that all footage has to be approved by the MOD and assessed to check that it doesn't contravene any strict policies on what strategic information can and cannot be leaked to the outside world? In which case, any apparent weaknesses which were shown would no doubt be of a unique nature or would be rectified following them being highlighted in the footage?

I'm hoping to find this on catch-up somewhere as I missed the show, it sounds to be a good insight in to the life through the marines eyes rather than just a 'tag-along' as are the Ross Kemp shows (don't get me wrong, I still like the Ross Kemp ones and respect him, it's just not as enthralling as it could be).
 
#20
When I saw the title of the thread "Royals in Afghan", I thought The Firm were off to pay a state visit, proving that things have got a lot better since I was last there.

How disappointed I was.

Turned out to be a doc about the RGJs ... but a rather a good one, imho.

Chris Terril is quite, quite mad, fit as a lop to pass the bootie course, and a bloody good documentary maker.
 

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