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The movie that launched a thousand novels. This was the film that made 'THEM' bankable.

Loosely based on the Iranian Embassy siege, the plot was actually more believable. I mean, who would take over an Embassy in central London? Surely a country manor would be more plausible?

Anyhow. The central character is a Captain Peter Skellen of the SAS (played by Lewis Collins) who, by some contrived screenplay, infiltrates a terrorist group based on the Bader Meinhoff gang.

Remember, this was made in the early '80s before Islamic fundamentalism had been invented, and Marxist radicals were still high on the terrorism chart.

The bottom line is that he ends up on the inside of the eventual siege situation and saves the day with much pouting and shooting. Good drills I say. There is an absolutely side-splitting moment towards the end of the siege when Collins - suitably tooled up with an Uzi - runs down a corridor flanked by two troopers in full assault rig, accompanied by action 'waka waka' music. This shot was straight out of The Professionals, and Collins was pouting like there was no tomorrow. Superb!

The film was made with the tacit approval of the MOD - something they probably regret now. There was (allegedly) a private screening at 'H' for the boys who (allegedly) assisted in the making of the film... allegedly... according to Andy McNab anyhow. Love it or hate it, this film is a British cinematic classic.

The character Skellen is not to be confused with the singer song writer Peter Skellern, which makes me wonder why they chose that name for a character in the first place?


Ground-breaking, post-pub Channel 4 show

Most famous for featuring Tony 'Baldrick' Robinson as naked as a marine after half a shandy bass. Also introduced the world to the two most sarcastic pandas in captivity (who gave us one of the few truly funny moments in comic relief history when they asked a man in the audience to 'give his girlfriend one' and then pointed out that it wasn't quite so easy when everyone was watching).

Also responsible for the 'Gold Blend' advert spoof, the Ayatollah on Breakfast Time sketch and the 'Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet' sketch featuring the Crucifixion.