Prince Harry captured by Taliban......................(well almost)

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#5
I was asked to take part in this and declined. The producer told me that he and his company wanted to make it about a generic 'high value target' but that Channel 4 insisted they feature Prince Harry for the publicity. Struck me as being in amazingly poor taste and, indeed, a kind of challenge to the Taliban/Al Qa'eda to try to pull off something similar.
 
#6
I was asked to take part in this and declined. The producer told me that he and his company wanted to make it about a generic 'high value target' but that Channel 4 insisted they feature Prince Harry for the publicity. Struck me as being in amazingly poor taste and, indeed, a kind of challenge to the Taliban/Al Qa'eda to try to pull off something similar.
The 'Historical Dramas' that they've done such as 'The Queen' was at least somewhat informative. What are we supposed to glean from watching this steaming mound.

This is just another Channel 4 attempt to portray living people with people who look nothing like their real life counter parts.



Look at him! Not a Swastika in sight!
 
#7
I was asked to take part in this and declined. The producer told me that he and his company wanted to make it about a generic 'high value target' but that Channel 4 insisted they feature Prince Harry for the publicity. Struck me as being in amazingly poor taste and, indeed, a kind of challenge to the Taliban/Al Qa'eda to try to pull off something similar.
Quite. I cannot understand why on earth C4 have done this. As a counterpoint, lets have episode #2 featuring the Pakistan border regions being sprayed with bio-weapons by NATO. BTW, did Prince Harry agree to be featured, and does he have some sort of legal redress for having his life fictionalised? (Lets not forget that probably about 80% of the global audience will be so stupid and/or radicalised that this film will probably be taken as fact.....)
 
#8
I was asked to take part in this and declined. The producer told me that he and his company wanted to make it about a generic 'high value target' but that Channel 4 insisted they feature Prince Harry for the publicity. Struck me as being in amazingly poor taste and, indeed, a kind of challenge to the Taliban/Al Qa'eda to try to pull off something similar.
What do you think goes on amongsts the writing team of C4, I wonder do they say to themselves lets do a drama about Afghanistan what shall we do .....how about a documentary based on fact that shows the good work that British servicemen and women are doing in their six months out their? Nooo its much more fun to make a documentary where the Taliban are winning and are actually skilled enough to pull a stunt like that over the Gurkhas. Hmm thats quite an insult to the Gurkhas one that might have them sharpening their Kurkri's.
 
#9
I was asked to take part in this and declined. The producer told me that he and his company wanted to make it about a generic 'high value target' but that Channel 4 insisted they feature Prince Harry for the publicity. Struck me as being in amazingly poor taste and, indeed, a kind of challenge to the Taliban/Al Qa'eda to try to pull off something similar.
I agree entirely with your comments. Terry will no doubt be monitoring reaction to the show to evaluate plans. Although HRH may not be over there there are family members of very senior officers over there who could be considered targets if identified. Given that one of those is the son af a good friend it makes me worry.
 
#10
What do you think goes on amongsts the writing team of C4, I wonder do they say to themselves lets do a drama about Afghanistan what shall we do .....how about a documentary based on fact that shows the good work that British servicemen and women are doing in their six months out their? Nooo its much more fun to make a documentary where the Taliban are winning and are actually skilled enough to pull a stunt like that over the Gurkhas. Hmm thats quite an insult to the Gurkhas one that might have them sharpening their Kurkri's.
I think the term they use is 'edgy', i.e. "This is probably in poor taste but it'll get us good publicity"
 
#15
Presumably the interesting thing wouldn't be what happens to the individual; we can all predict that's not going to be good. The key questions would be:

Is the Government of the day courageous enough to withstand the moral blackmail, or would we be out of AFG before you could say, "Caliphate"?

How would they protect UK Muslims against the 'retaliation' that would almost inevitably follow the killing of a member of the Royal Family?

The film of some red-haired bloke getting beaten up or sliced into envelope-sized pieces would just be porn for the republican lefties in Channel 4, no public service value.
 
#16
The 90-minute film, called The Taking of Prince Harry, will show the Prince being subjected to mock executions and forced to appear in propaganda films.
Call me confused, but aren't the chattering classes supposed to be against this sort of thing?

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#18
As a 'talking head' I suppose: definitely not as an actor! As explained to me, the idea was to have various supposed experts 'wargaming' the scenario, mixed with dramatic inserts.
So it will be something similar to the docudramas of invented catastrophes like air collisions at Heathrow that the BBC produced a few years ago?

As for my opinion on the programme itself, I follow angular's post above: this show has the potential to be an interesting and informative piece that grapples with some genuinely important and significant issues surrounding Afghanistan that do have to be considered by politicians and planners, giving the public an inkling of the complexity and difficulty of war beyond the evening news... but, I have the suspicion that a more reflective approach will be dismissed in favour of the sheer shock value of the title. I don't want to be too cynical, though, so I'll watch with the hope of being proven wrong.
 
#19
The 'Historical Dramas' that they've done such as 'The Queen' was at least somewhat informative. What are we supposed to glean from watching this steaming mound.

This is just another Channel 4 attempt to portray living people with people who look nothing like their real life counter parts.



Look at him! Not a Swastika in sight!
Qudos for the Talib with his retro 37 pattern surely a contender for Ally "Star"!
 

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