As a freelance cameraman/producer currently working at the London bureau of a major European TV Company (equivalent to our Beeb) I'm tasked with all sorts of weirdness, but the latest may be up the ARRSE's alley: I have been asked to research a story on the UK's special forces. The angle being: the international reputation/high esteem, Why, How etc? This is a very bum job. As far as I'm concerned we have no chance whatsoever of persuading the MOD to let us any where near Hereford or Poole (and quite rightly so IMHO). However, I was recently on a course with some ex-'pathfinders' who suggested that they had had a SF role? I know they had a para reg background . (Amongst an assortment of military failures I spectacularly bounced off P company many years ago) My questions are: Who are they? and is their training likely to be as sensitive as the other types alluded to above? How can I expend the minimum amount of effort on this? Frankly, I'm rather hoping that this story will creep up it's own fundamental but since the Blair/Brown thing died theres not much else cooking apart from security stuff. Im a newbie and would like to apologise in advance if I have got off on the wrong foot by using this forum as a cheap research technique.