Just over 20 years ago....

#1
.... there was a reality program that shaped the way we watched documentaries, it was called The Paras and followed the exploits of a group of Parachute Regt recruits in their quest to become Paratroopers. Over the weeks we got to know each person, cheered their success, cried at their failures, it was riveting viewing giving people an insight into a life few could dream off.

20 years later I am watching a program about plumbers. Now I have nothing against plumbers, but overweight geezers drawing their breath over a leaky facet isn’t exactly death defying.

What we having next ? OAP Pond tales ? When Chav’s collect their giros attack ?
 
#2
Bejaysus, that brings the memories flooding back! I can hear the theme tune now!

Shows our age, they were doing their basic during the Falklands IIRC.

V!
 
#3
Aye, they were. And it made that pile of shyte about Legion wannabes look quite tame if I remember rightly. I love the smell of wet puttees in the morning.
 
#4
Maybe they should to a '20 years later' reality show follow up :lol:
 
#6
I rmember watching it whilst doing a careers class whilst at school, Fantastic stuff
 
#7
Do you also remember "Behind the Lines" (might not be correct title), a similar documentary about the RM M&AW Cadre?

They did a follow up, to discover that several team members got nicked for planning a rather classy over-the-pavement armed blagging. Nice!

V!
 

Rod924

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#8
Memories!!! I had all the series on VIDEO. But my Father, being totally unwise, and in true ranker style, went with the Which? report of the day, and bought a bloody BETAMAX!!!!!!

I know that I can get them copied to VHS, but I just can't be arrsed
 

Zofo

Old-Salt
#9
I watched that series doing trade training in Loughborough - Cpl Slater of the moustache and loud voice was so McNab tells us, killed in NI after transferring to the 'ooligans.
 
#10
RCSignals said:
Maybe they should to a '20 years later' reality show follow up :lol:
they did a follow up a little later after they did their basic , with shots of them working in NI and other locations,
yes ! i can still remember that opening tune BUT i don't know the name to it.

agreed a follow up 20 years later would be a good idea, if you can find their cardboard box address in London .........
 
#11
I have that series on video. Interesting also to note a former Sgt Maj of mine was in it! Great laugh.
 
#12
A proud owner of the BBC book.

Most universitys have copies of this series aparently for the sociologists to study aggressive males
 
#13
perhaps now is a good time to re-release with a follow up.
it could help recruitment
 

Rod924

LE
Kit Reviewer
#14
Cpl Slater, was he the ginger ninja? I am sure that I saw him when I had the absolute pleasure of a posting to 'the home of the Brrrrritieeeesh Army in 86. He was driving a blue metalic celica or similar poor mans sports look-a-like, with reg that contained WAR - the nobber
 
#15
Vegetius said:
Do you also remember "Behind the Lines" (might not be correct title), a similar documentary about the RM M&AW Cadre?

They did a follow up, to discover that several team members got nicked for planning a rather classy over-the-pavement armed blagging. Nice!

V!
--Was only one robber featured in "Behind the lines",don't recall anyone else involved.The daft Brummie cnut was also nicked for a kidnapping after release.Other lads,professional lot.
 
#16
Vegetius,sorry about dodgy posting,bloody technology,I'm more used to pencil and paper(can erase my fcukups)
 
#18
There was also some class TV called something along the line of ..."The Making of a Royal Marine Officer"...inspirational, looked far too tricky though!
 
#19
goon_bde said:
There was also some class TV called something along the line of ..."The Making of a Royal Marine Officer"...inspirational, looked far too tricky though!
That was aired in TV in '88 or '89 I believe. I remember watching it when I was a 'yoof'
 
#20
Rod924 said:
Cpl Slater, was he the ginger ninja? I am sure that I saw him when I had the absolute pleasure of a posting to 'the home of the Brrrrritieeeesh Army in 86. He was driving a blue metalic celica or similar poor mans sports look-a-like, with reg that contained WAR - the nobber
He was, but later served in the SAS and was murdered by PIRA in the Mid 1980's.

I have got the video at home (interesting to watch it deterioate over 23 years) I have heard its been out on DVD.

Trotsky
 

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