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5.0 out of 5 stars Down Memory Lane, 2 Jun. 2012
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I've never forgotten this series and its magnificent theme tune (by Sir Arthur Bliss) on a little B/W set in the 1950s. I jumped at the chance to see it again. I'm glad I did. Of course, things have changed; the commentary is all very pukka sahib, mainly by MacDonald Hobley, one of the BBC's first announcers (I confess to a crush on Sylvia Peters) and the clearly acted bits look and sound corny. Especially corny was the use of what sounded very much like a stage German accent to represent the other side. However, the big attraction here is the marvellous air footage, a treat for anyone interested in aviation. The emphasis here is on British aviation, so a lot of interesting stuff gets left out - for example, we see the Gloster jet fighters and not the Me262. Still, the quibbles are minor, and one can appreciate this as a fine bit of work and an obvious forerunner to later British series, such as the BBC's "The First World War" and LWT's unmatchable "The World at War".
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2015 18:19:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Dec 2015 18:21:37 GMT
The World at War was produced by Thames TV, not London Weekend TV (LWT). This can be seen from the intros just before each episode. Also Jeremy Isaacs, who was the producer of the series, describes in an introductory episode how the whole series was put together - by Thames TV
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