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Talking Pictures channel 81, 11/11/18

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slick63

I saw an advert on the TP channel yesterday, not so much for the films on the day but the 8 snippets from the battlefields might be interesting....

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Moonraker

Nice post, Slick. I noticed the same ad and was going to draw it to the attention of other members nearer the time, perhaps copying & pasting from the TP website. Your presentation is far better than mine would be and I wouldn't have the knowhow to do it.

 

Talking Pictures is my favourite channel and offers some excellent old films, some re-mastered (whatever that is). As a concession to modern sensitivities, nearly every film seems to be preceded by a warning to the effect that some viewers may find some scenes offensive.

 

Moonraker

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slick63

Thanks M, I enquired on the TP faceache page and they were good enough to post an image of the schedule within a couple of hours, which I copied and pasted here.

 

TP is also my favourite channel, I`d just about given up on the TV until TP appeared.

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slick63

Copied from TP`s faceache page, looks like the 8 parts are only 15 minutes long ....

 

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Commemorating the Centenary of the End of #WW1 
SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018 
on TALKING PICTURES TV
Talking Pictures TV has visited the battlefields and memorials of Flanders and the Somme to bring you exclusive moving tributes to our “Boys,” all presented by war historian Alan Forbes. Here are some details on the 8 part programme tributes to be shown throughout the day on November 11th, to commemorate the #Centenary of the End of #WorldWarOne #LestWeForget

06:00 Part 1. Polygon Wood & Buttes New British Cemetery - Lest We Forget. 
We visit Polygon Wood. A significant WW1 battlefield and Buttes New British Cemetery.
08:05 Part 2. Brothers In Arms- Lest We Forget. 
We talk to Johan Vandewelle, who is the expert in disinterment’s and excavations, the responsibility he believes he holds and his incredible monument to all serving brothers who died in each other’s arms.
09:10 Part 3. Ypres - Ieper - Wipers and The Menin Gate - Lest We Forget.
We visit the town of Ypres and look at the part it played in WW1 including The Menin Gate where the last post is played every evening without fail.
10:40 Part 4. Tyne Cot - Known Unto God - Lest We Forget.
We visit Tyne Cot the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war, now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from WW1.
13:10 Part 5. The Battlefields Of The Somme- Lest We Forget.
We look at The Front Line Trenches on The Somme Battlefield and The Lochnagar Crater, the largest man-made mine crater created in WW1 on the Western Front.
15:00 Part 6. The Christmas Truce of 1914 - Lest We Forget.
We visit the original site where late on Christmas Eve 1914, our boys heard German troops in the trenches opposite them singing carols. Messages began to be shouted between the trenches and on Christmas Day British & German soldiers met in no man's land.
17:10 Part 7. Life in the Trenches, Hill 60 and The Last 100 day - Lest We Forget. 
We visit Hill 60 an area of ground which remains relatively undisturbed since the end of the Great War and we commemorate The Hundred Days Offensive which ended WW1.
19:15 Part 8. They Grow Not Old - Lest We Forget.
In this final programme we are looking at ‘Pals Battalions’ the astounding Theipval Monument and look at the youngest “Tommy’s” who gave their lives for us. ‘The innocent volunteers of nineteen-fourteen’…

Films include A Farewell to Arms* (1932), Shoulder Arms* (1918), British Intelligence* (1940), This Happy Breed (1944) and Forever England (1935) and many more (*Subtitles available
)
For the full schedule visit our website:
https://talkingpicturestv.co.uk/schedules/

 

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Black Maria

I enjoyed watching the eight Alan Forbes segments , it was like being part of a battlefield tour . I especially found his visit to the Belgian sector

of interest because i had not realised before that the Belgians had refused to carry out any offensive actions because of their neutral status ,

until they eventually relented in late 1918 and joined in the allied offensive .

 

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tootrock

I watched some of these, but found some of the facts a bit suspect, such as the Lochnagar moine being exploded at 8.30am, and after the Battle of Messines the fighting did not recommence until October. Well I think that was what I heard.

Can they be viewed on Catchup TV?

 

Martin

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Black Maria
8 hours ago, tootrock said:

I watched some of these, but found some of the facts a bit suspect, such as the Lochnagar moine being exploded at 8.30am, and after the Battle of Messines the fighting did not recommence until October. Well I think that was what I heard.

Can they be viewed on Catchup TV?

 

Martin

Yes, i did notice the 3rd Ypres one but it just made it like the real battlefield tours I've been on where the guide gets it wrong occasionally .

I did look up on-line about the Belgium situation and he did get that right and again , like a real battlefield tour , i learnt something i didn't know

before. It made a refreshing change to have someone just speaking directly to the camera and giving you information , like Richard Holmes did.

The modern ww1 programmes just seem to consist of a load of the same film clips , talking heads , CGI and constant flicking between shots so

that the younger generation don't get too bored.

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slick63

I don`t think TP have a `catch up` service but they do seem to repeat things quite often. I only managed to watch two of the short episodes so I`ll have to try and catch them again. I agree with BM, it was more like a tour than the usual tv documentary one comes across these days.

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Moonraker

No, Talking Pictures doesn't have a catch-up service. Feature films do seem to come around again quite often.

 

It's always worthwhile Googling the title of a programme or film to see it's available on YouTube or elsewhere on the Net.

 

Moonraker

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sassenach

I think he was mistaken in his chronology of Third Ypres, getting Gough and Plumer the wrong way round.

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Steven Broomfield

Good Lord. I am just watching the episode on Ypres; started badly when he asserted (and I resound it twice to check) that 'the 2nd Warwicks' in October 1914 were thought to be the first Territorials to go into action.

 

The presentation is most odd: he's like some bloke you meet in the pub; he's read a few books and has sort-of remembered bits, and then vaguely made up the rest. Repetition, hesitation and deviation. 

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stripeyman

I don't think he is a proper narrator like Tony Robinson is.

And if you believe that then.....

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