- Actors: Barry Foster, James Cosmo, Arnold Diamond
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Simply Media
- DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2004
- Run Time: 206 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0002WYS4A
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Orde Wingate BBC [DVD]
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Barry Foster plays Orde Wingate in Don Shaw's celebrated trilogy of BBC plays about the military career of one of the most controversial and unorthodox Allied commanders of WWII. Best remembered for his 'Chindits' - a guerrilla fighting force behind enemy lines in Burma - Wingate's tactics led him into frequent clashes with his military superiors and drove him almost to the point of suicide.
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(Don Shaw), an historian and people who actually served with Wingate. They discussed the man, the events of the time and if they felt the dramatisation was close to the man they knew.
This is fantastic for nostalgia reasons and for the history in it. I would recommend this to Archive televison fans. It is most strongly reccommended to all people with an interest in World War 2.
It would also be interest for anyone who is a tiny but interested in Ethiopia or Israel (then called Palestine) during the 1930s and 40s as well as the Chindits in Burma. Another curiousity is the odd , eccentricity of the amazing Wingate himself.
Many dramas were filmed like plays in those days which takes a bit of getting used to but it is still good. The budgets seem incredibly low. It is all studio bound and the special effects are incredibly naff, for example the Burmese jungle is recreated in the studio with what looks like Green Crepe paper for tree leaves. If that sounds bad it shouldn't put anyone off as the acting is tremendous. Denholm Eliot is fantastic in the lead as is "Secret Army's" Bernard Heptan. The the cast are top notch and this and the story draws you in.
I wasn't even born when this was made but it made me nostalgic for I time I still just about remember in the early 80's when TV demanded something from the viewer and was really made "to entertain and inform".
The most important thing about this is that it keeps Orde Wingate's memory alive as he contributed a lot in saving the lives of people in Palestine by helping set up what would be the start of the Israeli army, defending Ethiopia and to the War effort in general.
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