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  • Because we were feeling a little lazy after some gardening/turfing on friday and a long day out up north yesterday we decided to do a Shulzathon this afternoon and watched the last 2 episodes of Private Shulz (1981)

    In the last 2 programmes - the cast included appearances by Michael Denison,Roger Lloyd Pack,Mark Wingett and Billy Murray !
    Excellent and another box set done from the 'must watch' pile.

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    • Secret History -Dunkirk: The New Evidence
      on Channel4

      Started off with the fake news (repeated regularly throughout the programme) That the Army & the Navy all believed that the RAF did nothing at Dunkirk. Their "New Evidence" is that the RAF were there but I thought it was well known that the RAF were working inland and out at sea, keeping most (but nor all of course) of the German bombers & Stukas away from the beach.

      Maybe they don't teach history any more or maybe it's just the makers of this programme who don't know any history.

      They interviewed the the widow of Squadron Leader Tony Bartley & she showed the presenter Tony's log books which showed he was in action there. Shame they couldn't interview his previous wife, but Deborah Kerr died some time ago

      Steve

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      • Ancient Assassins-The Real Braveheart
        on The History Channel

        More fake news with the story of William Wallace as told by Americans and Scots

        Starts off by saying that "Scotland was at peace" -never
        it looks to be heavily influenced by the film "Braveheart" although it seems to have odd bits of real history dotted throughout. That's a lot more real history than the film "Braveheart"

        Steve

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        • The Steel Key (1953)

          Lively little crime drama with smoothie chops Terence Morgan as a Saint like adventurer, after the plans for a steel hardening process.
          With Joan Rice and Raymond Lovell,
          Nice period filming at Newhaven as well.

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          • Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post
            Secret History -Dunkirk: The New Evidence
            on Channel4

            Started off with the fake news (repeated regularly throughout the programme) That the Army & the Navy all believed that the RAF did nothing at Dunkirk. Their "New Evidence" is that the RAF were there but I thought it was well known that the RAF were working inland and out at sea, keeping most (but nor all of course) of the German bombers & Stukas away from the beach.

            Maybe they don't teach history any more or maybe it's just the makers of this programme who don't know any history.

            They interviewed the the widow of Squadron Leader Tony Bartley & she showed the presenter Tony's log books which showed he was in action there. Shame they couldn't interview his previous wife, but Deborah Kerr died some time ago

            Steve
            I must admit - I do not usually watch this sort of programme because it is usually presenting well known historical facts as 'new' or 'unknown',agree about the former Mrs Barclay
            However I suppose it would be interesting for anybody who did not know the 'real' story.

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            • Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post
              Ancient Assassins-The Real Braveheart
              on The History Channel

              More fake news with the story of William Wallace as told by Americans and Scots

              Starts off by saying that "Scotland was at peace" -never
              it looks to be heavily influenced by the film "Braveheart" although it seems to have odd bits of real history dotted throughout. That's a lot more real history than the film "Braveheart"

              Steve
              Not all of us scots believe the romantic version of history up here - it was complicated that's for sure but I absolutely agree about lots more to history than Braveheart and Rob Roy ETC
              I partially blame those two films and bands like Runrig for giving people the romantic notion of scottish history.Don't get me wrong - I like some of Runrig's music and saw them live quite a few times.
              The 'Romantic' view of Scottish history has of course been a great help to the SNP,I hate looking at the St Andrews flag now because it has become synonymous with the SNP and 'Indyrefs'.

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              • Originally posted by BVS View Post

                I must admit - I do not usually watch this sort of programme because it is usually presenting well known historical facts as 'new' or 'unknown',agree about the former Mrs Barclay
                However I suppose it would be interesting for anybody who did not know the 'real' story.
                There's nothing wrong with presenting it as 'new' or 'unknown', my objection was the way they made it out as if everyone thought that the RAF did nothing until this programme

                Steve

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                • Originally posted by BVS View Post

                  Not all of us scots believe the romantic version of history up here - it was complicated that's for sure but I absolutely agree about lots more to history than Braveheart and Rob Roy ETC
                  I partially blame those two films and bands like Runrig for giving people the romantic notion of scottish history.Don't get me wrong - I like some of Runrig's music and saw them live quite a few times.
                  The 'Romantic' view of Scottish history has of course been a great help to the SNP,I hate looking at the St Andrews flag now because it has become synonymous with the SNP and 'Indyrefs'.
                  We had similar problems with the St George's flag when it was used by the BNP and other racist groups. Football helped us reclaim it and now people can fly it without anyone thing about any associated politics

                  Steve

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                  • The Beachcomber (1954). Leisurely-paced Technicolor adaptation of Somerset Maugham's "Vessel of Wrath" with Glynis Johns as the feisty but prudish missionary's sister who finds she has fallen for drunken reprobate "Honourable Ted", made to measure casting for Robert Newton, although in the 1938 version when he wasn't so much of a lush, Bobbie played the role of the island Resident, here portrayed by Donald Sinden. The comedy is fairly low key and director Muriel Box tends to concentrate more on the exotic locations and wildlife. There's a fair bit of browning-up in the convention of the time too, what with Donald Pleasence, Michael Hordern and Ronald Lewis as native islanders while Paul Rogers plays Glynis's po-faced brother.

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                    • Night of the Prowler (1962)

                      A somewhat misleading title, as there isn't much prowling and what there is, is sometimes by day, in this Butchers crime drama.
                      Patrick Holt and Bill Nagy run an engineering company and are developing a new racing car, when a bloke in a Consul and a natty line in raincoats starts to threaten them.
                      Miniscule B, stiffly acted and with some dreadful dialogue, but in it's favour it only runs to an hour..

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                      • We have just started on our DVD box set of Men Behaving Badly
                        Lots of LOL moments and totally un - PC - excellent

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                        • Head Over Heels (1937). It's unlikely you will be after seeing this, a light as air fluffy vehicle for Jessie Matthews who gets to trill seven songs by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel, some more than once, with stiff young Robert Flemyng as one of the romantic leads. It's all great silliness about rivals in love, Hollywood stardom and radio inventions, but directed competently by Jessie's better half Sonnie Hale and Jessie acquits herself quite acceptably.

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                          • The Great Santini (1979)

                            Robert Duvall plays the warrior without a war, Lt. Col. Wilbur "Bull" Meechum, a US Marines pilot also known as "The Great Santini" in peacetime 1962. His wife Lillian is loyal and docile, tolerant of Meechum's temper and drinking. Their teenaged kids, Ben and Mary Anne, are accustomed to his stern discipline and behave accordingly, while adapting to their new town and school.A very well made family drama film and very well cast.

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                            • We needed something to watch last night, and my lovely wife spotted Suddenly (Frank Sinatra, Stirling Hayden 1954) on Amazon video. I saw this film on TV back in the late 70's or early 80's and really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it again last night.
                              Frank Sinatra and his thugs take over the home of a single mother, her son and her father in order to assassinate the US president. Lots of 'nearly' moments and minor heroics keep the tension going, and the rather liberal, anti-violence mum learns that sometimes you just have to go for it. Some of the acting is a bit wooden, but Frank Sinatra makes a good psycho and the rest of the cast do a pretty good job. I liked the sunny photography in the typical small town America of the 50's.
                              Yellowtail Chardonnay helped a bit.

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                              • I watched The Omega Man again the night before last. Here is what I wrote on another forum:

                                OK, there are plot-holes aplenty (Why did some people get the infection immediately and die whereas some others turned into the "Family"? Why did Anthony Zerbe's character start banging on about machines while seemingly not yet affected yet the rest of the "Family" blindly follow his mantra after infection?) but the general idea, although now cliched beyond belief!, of the last man on earth being the saviour of mankind, is compelling.

                                I had forgotten the "Christ" pose at the end, as subtle as a flying vampire!, but even that was not enough to put me off!

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