TV series - patrol competition - Emlyn Hughes - late 80s(?)

#1
Before my head explodes from trying to remember what it was called can anyone tell me what that series was called during (I think) late 80s/early 90s hosted by Emlyn Hughes where different regiments pitted their wits against each other in a TV patrol competition. At the time I thought it was pretty good but with hindsight was it the biggest pile of t*rd ever?

cheers

David
 
#4
actually, were Combat to be remade, it would probably be an excellent cost effective recruiting tool....

i don't remmber it being too bad?
 
#6
Not a bad idea goon_bde, but if I remember correctly some of the units spent quite a bit of time training for it beforehand. What with all the commitments overseas these days, is it even feasible to repeat it ?
 
#7
http://www.ukgameshows.com/page/index.php/Combat

'Quite good Army game show. Eight regiments would be paired off and then tested on various Army things, the assault course, shooting, carrying dolls over barbed wire fences whatever.

They'd carry on with this until the end game which would be a fake mission or something normally involving a huge blow-up-the-building style scenario.

In the semi-finals, the teams had to travel through a dense wood in which four booby-traps (tripwires et al) had been laid. Every time a trap was tripped, the action froze, the screen went to a negative picture and the tripping team member was eliminated from the rest of the round. Yipe!

In the final, there was an event which included a long drive. One of the teams' trucks overturned and indeed may have even caused injury to one of the drivers'
 
#9
Does anybody recall seeing a septic show on Bravo, the cable/satellite channel, where teams were made up of ex Marine recon, Green Berets etc? They lived in a desert camp and had missions and voted each other off.
Pants. But funny.
 
#10
But who used silly string to find the trip wires? And why did the Scots Guards officer have hair like Sid Vicious?
 
#11
I remember it wasn't that bad, until the final event which was 'blowing up' some sort of industrial building and just a bit too walty themed.
 
#12
Certa_Cito said:
Not a bad idea goon_bde, but if I remember correctly some of the units spent quite a bit of time training for it beforehand. What with all the commitments overseas these days, is it even feasible to repeat it ?
the same could be said for some units and their contributions to army sports...full time training teams, impact etc...at least this would...

A. Bring the army into the living room of jo public

B. Be very recruiting positive as it would show all the sexy exciting bits, eg, abseiling, shooting, helicopters etc...
 
#13
Didn't they have to call in a mortar fire mission onto a bunker on the other side of the river in the final?
 
#15
I can see where you´re coming from goon_bde, but with all the nampy pampy liberal leftie wänkers out there, I can´t see it getting broadcasted. I mean if the Red Arrows are too "British" for the Olympics, I can´t see Combat making it past the TV Nazis :roll:
 
#16
Pitster said:
Does anybody recall seeing a septic show on Bravo, the cable/satellite channel, where teams were made up of ex Marine recon, Green Berets etc? They lived in a desert camp and had missions and voted each other off.
Pants. But funny.
Yes they were all sorts of special forces types who also had degrees and ran succesful companies and rescued orphan mountain lions as a hobby.
Typical completely over the top cvs .They were equipped with all the gear spent ages planning the mission .And died in seconds (well shot with laser sim kit) when contact started .
Remeber one episode when fat swat guy survied after all the special forces had been killed off .As he may not have been able to do pressups but he could shoot so shot all the bad guy from long range and then nearly died from heat stroke getting to the objective :D .It was hysterical the way they took it so seriously
 
#17
While being a fckuin good idea, the use of 'silly string' is to be discouraged when in the 'tactical' environment.

1. It's hard to replace on protracted operations
2. It lets the enemy know that morale is high
3. If you can't replace it afterwards how are you going to celebrate at the end of your mission?

A much better method would be some sort of device strapped to the head of the 'point man' that had a bit that extends out and then has a dangly bit that is ultra sensitive and when it comes into contact with said trip wire it completes an electrical circuit which sends a signal via the medium of flashing lights and a loud bell to the 'point man's' brain via his eyes and ears.

The only precondition of this method is that the 'pointman' has

1. a head
2. an ear
3. an eye
4. 'task worthy' brain
 

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