A series of 12 programmes presented by Rene Cutforth
2: Over the Hills and Far Away
This second programme tells the story of the redcoats from Charles II's day to their triumphant reappearance in Europe, culminating with Marlborough's great victory over the French at Blenheim in 1704. The regiments are mobs of undisciplined boys; the officers are ignorant, negligent and useless. The cavalry are without cloaks, boots and belts, and almost the entire force want shoes (Ireland: 1690)
Seldom has the British soldier's fortune varied so dramatically as during those years.
Surely never was such a march carried on with more order and regularity and with less fatigue both to man and horse (March to the Danube: 1704) with
Other parts JOHN LE MESURIER ARNOLD RIDLEY , JOHN LAURIE PETER TUDDENHAM. SAM DASTOR DAVID SINCLAIR , GODFREY KENTON ALAN ROWE , MANNING WILSON PETER PACEY and SEAN ARNOLD
Musical direction by CHARLES
CHILTON Ballad sung by RUTH TONGUE Written and produced by ROBERT CRADOCK in association with the National Army Museum
Contributors Presented By: Rene Cutforth Unknown: John Le Mesurier Unknown: Arnold Ridley Unknown: John Laurie Unknown: Peter Tuddenham. Unknown: Sam Dastor Unknown: David Sinclair Unknown: Godfrey Kenton Unknown: Alan Rowe Unknown: Manning Wilson Unknown: Peter Pacey Unknown: Chilton Ballad Sung By: Ruth Tongue Produced By: Robert Cradock Wheeler: Gordon Gostelow Marlborough: Noel Johnson
Well if a TV critic is snarling that it's overloaded with history it's probably very good then.
Yes imagine that! A program about the history of the British military and it actual contains some History, what a disgrace.🙄 The article from The Observer Review looks like something one could find in the media today. Some things never change!
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
Post by Alan Hayes on Nov 13, 2020 10:45:49 GMT 12
Without hearing the programme it's difficult to ascertain whether or not the critic had a point. What I read into his comment is that it was presented in a way that didn't bring the history to life, rather than it being a complaint that the history was there.