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BBC 2 Time watch, doc on the forgotten heros of Bletchly Park, focusing on the code breaking of 'tunny' the top German encryption system way above Enigma.

Timewatch - Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes

Very well done indeed highly recommend it, you will learn lots of new stuff some of which helps explain Adolfs dafter actions.

Also on Timewatch the Eddie Chapman story

A remarkable double agent, almost impossibl eto imagine his career being accepted as a fictional character

Timewatch - Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story
 

BigT

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Bread had many elements of truth to it, but poorly portrayed.
Brookside, I've never once watched, but a scouse mate reckons it's more 'Cheshire'.

The 'ting' about LBB is how creepily accurate the actors portray the Scum...
Time moves on though, its Ket wigs instead of shaven heads nowadays..
The black/grey trackys and north face hoody still prevail, as do the bikes/ scramblers, and dogs.
We're a few miles out, but still in range on nice sunny days...
They stick out like sore thumbs..
I want to keep my SC/FAC but should I ever be diagnosed with a terminal illness, I wonder whether I'd help alleviate some of Societys Ills before I shuffle off this Mortal Coil, or would that make me as bad as them?
Eta.
Tell mrs_ mush, that being a father of several late teenage/ early 20's good looking daughters , I feel far happier when they go into Liverpool City Centre for a night on the town, rather than a drink in the 'posher' provincial towns hereabouts....
A view shared by the Late Duke of Westminster... he forbade his daughters to party in Chester... Liverpool City Centre is a very safe place ( contrary to popular belief) Liverpool University , the 'real' one , not JM , is still a massive attraction to medical undergraduates in particular.

Murderous scum are scum, wheresoever they happen to live!
I moved back to Liverpool in 1998 from Tewkesbury, I saw more alcohol fulled violence and drug dealing shenanigans in the two years we lived there than the last 32 years in Liverpool, every City and Town has its shit holes and the rats from Norris Green or Croxteth would fit right in on the Priors Park estate. Me and my slowly dwindling gang of boys (by boys I mean old duffers we're all touching 60) meet up in the Swan in Wood Street early doors Friday or Saturday night and head for the last bus or train home, none of us have ever had a problem in spite of what the obsessives on the Intel Cell Scousers thread would have you believe.
 
BBC 2 Time watch, doc on the forgotten heros of Bletchly Park, focusing on the code breaking of 'tunny' the top German encryption system way above Enigma.

Timewatch - Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes
Since I retired ... many years ago ... I developed a late in life interest in Cryptology started off by being given a copy of " The Code Book " by Simon Singh which contains a chapter devoted to Enigma .... the seed was sown . Over the years I read more and more about all the work at Bletchley and was one of a small group of ARRSE members** who took part in a Manchester University Alan Turing Cryptology Competition . The final test which could only be reached after solving an increasingly complex series of messages encrypted using a variety of techniques was to decrypt an incomplete / damaged message sent from a Kriegsmarine Enigma Machine ... we even had to work out what type of Enigma Machine had been used ... anyway we cracked it .
I was aware of the work done by Tommy Flowers and the poor treatment post war for his truly ground breaking work to develop Colossus to break Tunny . That programme , which I had never seen before , was excellent in treating the viewers as adults and not attempting to dumb down some very complex work ... one of the better efforts of the BBC .

Thanks again for the heads up .

ETA ... ** including @Tedsson @supermatelot
 
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Snowpiercer, tv adaption of the 1981 French graphic novel, the film got the gist of the story. Onto episode three so far so good, the cop angle makes. Its different to the source material yet captures the essence of long train journeys. Passenger 61 it isn’t
 
You have lost all credibility with that comment. NO weapon has ever been reloaded. Not in the entire history of film.

I have not watched a cowboy movie since I saw The Wild Bunch at the cinema back in the day (1970/71 ??). Didn't seem to be much point after that. Hollywood seemed to agree and didn't make another cowboy movie for years. Ironic that a film about the demise of the Old Wild West virtually caused the demise of the western movie genre.

I am going to have to watch that Costner movie now.
Funny you should mention the Wild Bunch and Hollywood stop making westerns to the extent they did about that time. I watched a YouTube vid by The Cynical Historian about that very subject and he cited The Wild Bunch as an example of Hollywood switching from making ‘western myth’ based westerns which was their staple to a series of ‘revisionist’ films which included Little Big Man, after which the public appetite for westerns dropped off.


It’s a long piece but if interested in film history, and history generally it’s worth a watch.

E2A: Just to clarify what I meant. Public appetite for westerns according to the link didn't drop off because of Hollywood making Little Big Man and similar westerns. It was a general change in mood in society anyway for a number of factors, these being disillusion with the Vietnam War and at the same time revisionist views of the 'Old West' with books such as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee being part of it.
 
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philc

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I am going to have a slice of this tonight, I thought he was dead truth be told, maybe he is, who knows.



When he was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice in the US, Donald Trump concluded: “He’s either a genius or a moron and I can’t figure it out.” Well, I know which side I come down on.
 
"Vienna Blood' - completed it's re-run this week. It was a first time view for me and to add, it's already had a mention earlier on this thread.

Script and character introduction was standard fair, cliched to a point. A regular police detective who meets a young medical doctor who it turns out has become absorbed in the views of a certain Professor Freud. They team up in a fashion to solve three crimes. An odd pairing, a bumbling Inspector and a nascent Clarice, albeit a male in this instance.

The setting is very early 20th.C Vienna with outstanding scene placings. Very high production values, which when combined with the characters utterly electrifies the scripts. There's are only three episodes this far with high hopes of a 'proper' series I hope.
 

Gout Man

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"Vienna Blood' - completed it's re-run this week. It was a first time view for me and to add, it's already had a mention earlier on this thread.

Script and character introduction was standard fair, cliched to a point. A regular police detective who meets a young medical doctor who it turns out has become absorbed in the views of a certain Professor Freud. They team up in a fashion to solve three crimes. An odd pairing, a bumbling Inspector and a nascent Clarice, albeit a male in this instance.

The setting is very early 20th.C Vienna with outstanding scene placings. Very high production values, which when combined with the characters utterly electrifies the scripts. There's are only three episodes this far with high hopes of a 'proper' series I hope.
What side/platform is this on?
 
"Vienna Blood' - completed it's re-run this week. It was a first time view for me and to add, it's already had a mention earlier on this thread.

Script and character introduction was standard fair, cliched to a point. A regular police detective who meets a young medical doctor who it turns out has become absorbed in the views of a certain Professor Freud. They team up in a fashion to solve three crimes. An odd pairing, a bumbling Inspector and a nascent Clarice, albeit a male in this instance.

The setting is very early 20th.C Vienna with outstanding scene placings. Very high production values, which when combined with the characters utterly electrifies the scripts. There's are only three episodes this far with high hopes of a 'proper' series I hope.
I'd missed the last episode the first time round so caught up with it on Wednesday. I thought that it ended rather badly (though not unexpectedly) with the detectives' sworn rival getting promoted above him. It hinted that in any further episodes, they would be working privately. Even when this series was set (1904), there was a nasty undercurrent of anti-semitism running through it, which I don't think that the Austrians have ever shaken off.
 
"Vienna Blood' - completed it's re-run this week. It was a first time view for me and to add, it's already had a mention earlier on this thread.

Script and character introduction was standard fair, cliched to a point. A regular police detective who meets a young medical doctor who it turns out has become absorbed in the views of a certain Professor Freud. They team up in a fashion to solve three crimes. An odd pairing, a bumbling Inspector and a nascent Clarice, albeit a male in this instance.

The setting is very early 20th.C Vienna with outstanding scene placings. Very high production values, which when combined with the characters utterly electrifies the scripts. There's are only three episodes this far with high hopes of a 'proper' series I hope.
I saw it the first time round and I also think it should be serialised. Short series two hour episodes of say six episodes.
 

Gout Man

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Over the last five days or so I’ve watched all of Derek on Netflix.
A simple sought working in an OAP home.
Funny as feck, touching in places and puts over a message as well, or am I looking to deep?
Some aren’t fans of Gervais,I am the only work I don’t like from him are Extras.
 
Over the last five days or so I’ve watched all of Derek on Netflix.
A simple sought working in an OAP home.
Funny as feck, touching in places and puts over a message as well, or am I looking to deep?
Some aren’t fans of Gervais,I am the only work I don’t like from him are Extras.
Check out his 'After Life' series 1 & 2. Utterly, utterly, brilliant. Again on Netflix.
 
A remarkable double agent, almost impossibl eto imagine his career being accepted as a fictional character

Timewatch - Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story
Your second recommendation … Timewatch - Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story … I have never seen that programme before … I always associate Ben Macintyer with high quality documentaries .... I have a copy of his book “ Agent ZigZag “ which is about Eddie Chapman . .

I watched this documentary today and again it was excellent …. obviously a lot of the content coming from his book . Eddie Chapman really was a fascinating character and double agent …. truth is really stranger than fiction in his case . The cream on the cake being the use of a long interview with Eddie Chapman made for an earlier TV broadcast but blocked by the Security Services until a much later release .

The work to convince the German Hierarchy that Chapman had blown up the De Havilland Mosquito Works really was extensive and worked … confirmed below by just a sample … as used in the documentary and in the book …

2017 Mosquito Factory Cut.jpg



… the hole in the wall RHS is not a hole but the wall painted to look like one and the blown over Transformers in front were papier mache copies .

Again … thanks for the heads up .
 
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Over the last five days or so I’ve watched all of Derek on Netflix.
A simple sought working in an OAP home.
Funny as feck, touching in places and puts over a message as well, or am I looking to deep?
Some aren’t fans of Gervais,I am the only work I don’t like from him are Extras.
I don’t really get the Gervais hate on here.
He’s a bloke from a single parent council estate home in Reading who’s got off his arse to do something.
He calls out the media & actor luvvies for what they are too. No bad thing in my book.
Add to that his writing is brilliant. The Office wasn’t to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s great. We watch it over & again in our house.
People take him too seriously. He’ll say something like ‘the recession didn’t really bother me in my multi million pound house in Hampstead, to be honest’ & people gasp. It’s tongue in cheek & most likely true!
 
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I don’t really get the Gervais hate on here.
Nor me. He can be extremely funny (he can also be cringeworthy, as at Live Eight). I have liked him since he was appointed Head of Voice at XFM (as was). The joke was obviously that XFM plays non-stop rock music.

I think there is a general tendency here, as elsewhere in society, to automatically denigrate people who drag themselves up by their bootstraps and become successful on their own merits. Far be it for me to suggest that resentment might be down to inadequacy, failure and jealousy.
 

TamH70

MIA
Nor me. He can be extremely funny (he can also be cringeworthy, as at Live Eight). I have liked him since he was appointed Head of Voice at XFM (as was). The joke was obviously that XFM plays non-stop rock music.

I think there is a general tendency here, as elsewhere in society, to automatically denigrate people who drag themselves up by their bootstraps and become successful on their own merits. Far be it for me to suggest that resentment might be down to inadequacy, failure and jealousy.
No. He's just an unfunny, over-rated and extremely over-hyped twat. Happy to help and all that stuff.
 
No. He's just an unfunny, over-rated and extremely over-hyped twat. Happy to help and all that stuff.
It would a strange world if we all agreed on what we find funny.
 
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