Heads Up - Interesting military TV/radio/online shows

#1
On another thread, one of our expats was grizzling about missing 'the good stuff' on Radio 4 - so how about a 'heads up' thread for the likes of him?

No reviews, no post-broadcast debates - just post an alert for anything that looks ike it's worth a look/ a listen/a download.
 
#2
DOCUMENTARY: A War Less Ordinary
On: BBC Radio Two
Date: Saturday 10th November 2007 (starting in 9 days)
Time: 21:15 to 22:00 (45 minutes long)

For Remembrance Day this year, Sarah Lancashire goes beyond the frontline to honour those non-combatants whose wartime experience is often overlooked; the nurse, the firewarden, the Land Army worker, those left behind at home. A selection of poetry and songs, almost all written from direct personal experience, commemorating those whose part in war was not to fight but to endure, to work and to suffer along with those who did.

Starring: Richard Armitage, Susan Jameson, Charlie Brooks
 
#3
Birdsong
On: BBC 7
Date: Monday 12th November 2007 (starting in 10 days)
Time: 11:00 to 12:00 (1 hour long)

France, 1910.
Four years before the Great War Stephen Wraysford goes to stay in France and falls in love with the wife of a wealthy baron. Episode 1 of 3.
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Birdsong
On: BBC 7
Date: Tuesday 13th November 2007 (starting in 11 days)
Time: 11:00 to 12:00 (1 hour long)

Isabelle has left and Stephen finds himself immersed in one of the bloodiest wars of the twentieth century. Episode 2 of 3.
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Birdsong
On: BBC 7
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2007 (starting in 12 days)
Time: 11:00 to 12:00 (1 hour long)

Stephen Wraysford returns to his old haunts in France, now ravaged by the First World War. Episode 3 of 3.

NOTE Each episode is repeated at about 0600 the next morning, and BBC 7 shows are all available online for 7 days after broadcast.
 
#4
DOCUMENTARY: Lord Kitchener's Image
On: BBC Radio Four (07)
Date: Saturday 10th November 2007 (starting in 8 days)
Time: 10:30 to 11:00 (30 minutes long)

The face of World War I belonged to Lord Kitchener. His pointing finger, walrus moustache and staring eyes adorned recruiting posters outside every town hall in Britain in September 1914. But how did this Victorian imperialist convince so many young men to head off for the trenches? Ian Hislop examines Kitchener's iconic status with help from art critics, military historians and members of the Kitchener family.
 
#5
DOCUMENTARY: Letters from the Trenches
On: Channel 4 (4)
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2007 (starting in 12 days)
Time: 04:25 to 04:45 (20 minutes long)

All in The Game.
The First World War from the perspective of the troops and nurses. Drawing on private letters and diaries, they tell in their own words the touching and often humorous accounts of how civilians, many of them still in their teens, were recruited, equipped and trained before being shipped to France.
(Repeat, Subtitles)
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DOCUMENTARY: Letters from the Trenches
On: Channel 4 (4)
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2007 (starting in 12 days)
Time: 04:45 to 05:05 (20 minutes long)

Dead and Dying Heroes.
Deals with some of the horrors that the new recruits experienced: gas attacks, bombardment in waterlogged and rat-infested trenches, casualties and, for many, an early death.
(Repeat, Subtitles)
 
#6
DOCUMENTARY: What Did You Do in the Great War, Daddy?
On: BBC 4
Date: Monday 19th November 2007 (starting in 17 days)
Time: 02:40 to 03:00 (20 minutes long)

Documentary telling the tragic story of the greatest loss of fathers in British history. When the nation was called to arms in the patriotic fervour of 1914 it was difficult to imagine that, four years later, half a million children would have lost their fathers in battle. The impact of their deaths was devastating and never forgotten by their sons and daughters. Now in their 90s, they go on an emotional journey to remember their lost fathers, culminating in a visit to their graves in France.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)
 
#7
DOCUMENTARY: Once a Soldier
On: BBC 4
Date: Monday 12th November 2007 (starting in 9 days)
Time: 00:10 to 00:40 (30 minutes long)

Not Forgotten.
Documentary series about the Chelsea Pensioners, former British soldiers who live within the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Armistice Day approaches and memories of the wars the men fought remain vivid and painful. To honour their fallen comrades, a dozen of them hope to be passed fit enough to walk down the steps of the Royal Albert Hall's Festival of Remembrance and to march past the Cenotaph. At the Hospital the poppy collection box is stolen, but the culprit is caught on CCTV.
 
#8
The History Channel, 11/11/07, documentaries about the two World Wars on all day.
 
#9
DOCUMENTARY: Wilfed Owen: A Remembrance Tale
On: BBC 1
Date: Sunday 11th November 2007 (starting in 2 days)
Time: 17:50 to 18:50 (1 hour long)

Jeremy Paxman tells the tragic story of World War One poet Wilfred Owen. At a time of jingoism and wartime propaganda, one Shropshire lad was compelled to tell the truth. Jeremy Paxman travels to the battlefields of France to discover how the ugliest and most terrible arena imaginable gave birth some of the most poignant and powerful poetry in the English language. Wilfred Owen is played by Samuel Barnett.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)
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#10
DRAMA: Heroes and Villains
On: BBC 1
Date: Monday 19th November 2007 (starting in 10 days)
Time: 02:30 to 03:30 (1 hour long)

Napoleon.
Drama-documentary telling how Napoleon Bonaparte rose from being a penniless French soldier to create an empire, beginning at the siege of Toulon in 1793 where France's leaders first recognised his tactical genius, immense bravery and boundless ambition as he defeated the English. Shot in authentic locations using a script based on documents from the time, including Napoleon's own letters, the film has been written with the advice of modern historians.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Signed, Audio Described)
 
#11
DOCUMENTARY: A War Less Ordinary
On: BBC Radio Two
Date: Saturday 10th November 2007 (starting in 1 day)
Time: 21:15 to 22:00 (45 minutes long)

An anytime alert is set for 15 minutes before the programme starts
For Remembrance Day this year, Sarah Lancashire goes beyond the frontline to honour those non-combatants whose wartime experience is often overlooked; the nurse, the firewarden, the Land Army worker, those left behind at home. A selection of poetry and songs, almost all written from direct personal experience, commemorating those whose part in war was not to fight but to endure, to work and to suffer along with those who did.

Starring: Richard Armitage, Susan Jameson, Charlie Brooks

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#13
Christmas viewing:
Panorama

The Battle for Basra Palace.

Using combat footage shot by the soldiers themselves, the untold story of the last and the bloodiest British fight in southern Iraq - the battle for Basra Palace.

BBC 1

Monday 10th December 2007
Time: 20:30 to 21:00

Repeated Friday 14th December 2007
00:25 to 00:55 (Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Signed)[hr]Panorama

The Battle for Basra Palace.

Reporter Jane Corbin examines the dark heart of Basra, once Iraq's most cosmopolitan city but now a place where women are murdered for wearing bright clothes, where being the wrong kind of Muslim can lead to your torture and where corruption is rife. As British forces prepare to finally hand over security control of the last province in southern Iraq, Corbin meets the new police chief of Basra - a man determined to restore law and order.

BBC 1

Monday 17th December 2007
Time: 20:30 to 21:00

Repeated Friday 21st December 2007
Time: 01:25 to 01:55

TRANSMISSION INFORMATION

Panorama can be seen on BBC One at 8.30pm on Mondays and is repeated on BBC News 24 at 4.30am on Thursdays.

The Panorama TV report is available for online viewing from:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/programmes/panorama/default.stm

but not for very long.
 
#14
First Cut
Channel 4 (4)
Thursday 3rd January 2008 (starting in 28 days)
Time: 00:40 to 01:10 (30 minutes long)

Johnny Congo.
The past is not the past until you stop reliving it. Seventy-one-year-old Johnny Murphy spent 40 years fighting as a mercenary in the African jungle, but his biggest battle is perhaps the one he's now fighting with boredom, in a Surrey retirement home.
 
#15
DOCUMENTARY: Iraq Week: This World: Iraq: A Doctor's Story
On: BBC 4
Date: Monday 14th January 2008
Time: 22:50 to 23:30 (40 minutes long)

Iraq: A Doctor's Story.
International investigative documentary series. Shot by an Iraqi doctor, this film reveals the terrible conditions of a civilian ER in Baghdad. Al Yarmouk Hospital is in the most dangerous area of Baghdad. As the bomb victims come flooding in, the ambulance crews go from one dangerous mission to another.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)
 
#16
DOCUMENTARY: Black Watch
On: BBC 4
Date: Wednesday 16th January 2008 (starting in 10 days)
Time: 00:00 to 01:00 (1 hour long)

A Soldier's Story.
An insight by Artworks Scotland into the genesis of Black Watch, the National Theatre of Scotland's portrayal of the Iraq war using eyewitness testimony, news reports and regimental song, first performed at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)
 
#17
ARTS: Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall
On: BBC Radio Two
Date: Friday 25th January 2008 (starting in 20 days)
Time: 21:15 to 21:30 (15 minutes long)

Spike Milligan's war memoirs, read by lifelong Milligan fan Paul Merton. 1: Young Milligan is called up, but because he was trying to impress the girls from Catford Labour Exchange, he arrives late to join D Battery, 56th Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery, in Bexhill-on-Sea.
 
#18
HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Timewatch
On: BBC 2 (2)
Date: Sunday 6th January 2008 (starting in 1 day)
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)

An anytime alert is set for 15 minutes before the programme starts
Bloody Omaha.
History series. Researchers and historians are still arguing about why Omaha Beach was the hardest beach to capture in the D-day landings. Presenter Richard Hammond analyses the latest theories with Dr Simon Trew of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles, 4 Star)
 
#19
It's back - for those who missed the Daily Mail promotion:

DOCUMENTARY: The Great War
On: BBC 2 (2)
Date: Monday 21st January 2008 (starting in 11 days)
Time: 19:00 to 19:30 (30 minutes long)

An anytime alert is set for 15 minutes before the programme starts
Classic BBC documentary series, first broadcast in 1964, narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave and with the voices of Sir Ralph Richardson and Marius Goring.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)
 
#20
SERIES: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn
On: BBC 2 (2)
Date: Monday 21st January 2008 (starting in 5 days)
Time: 19:00 to 19:30 (30 minutes long)

The Great War in Colour.
The Soldiers' Story. In 1908, the French banker Albert Kahn gave a team of photographers the world's first portable colour cameras. They created an 'archive of the planet': a collection of over 72,000 pictures taken in more than 50 countries. The first programme in this series shares pictures from the First World War.
 

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