SAS: Rogue Warriors (BBC Two) & other Ben Macintyre docs

krish

Distinguished Member
I'd certainly recommend these Ben Macintyre documentaries (which perfectly accompany his excellent books)

Ben Macintyre - IMDb
  • 2014 Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (TV Mini-Series documentary)
  • 2012 Double Cross: The True Story of the D-day Spies (Documentary)
  • 2011 Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story (TV Movie documentary)
  • 2010 Operation Mincemeat
Ben Macintyre ‏@BenMacintyre1 Feb 1

Episode 1 of Rogue Warriors, my new 3-part series on the SAS, airs next Monday, BBC2, 9.00 pm
Ben MacIntyre's brand new 3-part BBC doc series, SAS: Rogue Warriors, based on his 2016 book, SAS: Rogue Heroes, the first authorised wartime history of the SAS, starts on Monday (6th Feb) at 9pm on BBC2.
BBC Two - SAS: Rogue Warriors, Series 1, Episode 1

The Special Air Service is the world's most famous combat unit, with the motto 'Who Dares Wins', but the story of how it came into existence has been, until now, a closely guarded secret.

For the first time, the SAS has agreed to open up its archive and allow Ben Macintyre to reveal the true story of their formation during the darkest days of World War Two.

With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, this series tells the remarkable story behind an extraordinary fighting force.

Episode one tells the story of the founding of the SAS in the heat of the north African desert in 1941. David Archibald Stirling is an aristocratic dreamer who had once held lofty ambitions to be an artist or perhaps a famous mountaineer but now, with the war in the desert reaching its most desperate stage, Stirling has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it - from behind their own lines. But Stirling is up against the many in British High Command who do not want to see him succeed with his radical new way of warfare. Against the odds, Stirling wins through and helps the Allies towards victory in the desert. The cost is high. In combat, Stirling loses lieutenant Jock Lewes, his right-hand man. With his brilliant training methods and invention of a new weapon, Lewes has proved vital to making Stirling's dream of a crack fighting force a reality. Stirling must soldier on alone.
BBC Two - SAS: Rogue Warriors, Series 1, Episode 2

With the tragic loss of Jock Lewes, Stirling's second in command is now the newly promoted Captain Paddy Mayne - an officer as unpredictable and dangerous as the new phase of war that is about to begin. Unknown to David Stirling, the Germans are training special units to track, intercept and kill the marauding SAS. The hunters soon become the hunted. The SAS has to adapt if it is going to survive. Disaster strikes when Stirling is captured by the Germans. As the SAS prepare to fight Hitler in Europe, they are without the inspirational leadership of the man who created them.
From Newsnight late last year ...

Published on 1 Dec 2016
The SAS, the Special Air Service, was created 75 years ago during World War 2 in the deserts of North Africa. The brainchild of David Stirling, the tactics they employed were quite revolutionary for the time. Major Mike Sadler was their desert navigator, able to guide them across featureless terrain so they could carry out their missions. Now aged 96, Mike is the last survivor of that original generation of the SAS. For Newsnight, he gave Ben Macintyre what he says will be his final interview.
Book promotion ...

 

SourKraut

Well-known Member
Thought the first episode was very well done, he gave a well informed documentary.
 

krish

Distinguished Member
Third and final part next Mon (20th Feb) ...
Stirling is locked away in Hitler's most secure prison - Colditz. Leadership of the SAS passes to Paddy Mayne, a man who has built his reputation on the battlefield as a warrior of the first rank, but has no interest in charming high command. In 1943, the SAS leaves the desert for Europe, to enter a darker and far more complex theatre of war, led by a man who is often drunk and disorderly and prone to acts of savagery. They will face the terror of execution and the trauma of civilian casualties. And they will be the first to witness the nightmare of Belsen concentration camp.
 

krish

Distinguished Member
I'd certainly recommend these Ben Macintyre documentaries (which perfectly accompany his excellent books)

Ben Macintyre - IMDb
  • 2014 Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (TV Mini-Series documentary)
  • 2012 Double Cross: The True Story of the D-day Spies (Documentary)
  • 2011 Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story (TV Movie documentary)
  • 2010 Operation Mincemeat
BBC4 repeated Ben MacIntyre's Agent Zigzag doc, Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story, last night ...
on iPlayer for 29 days ...

Next Monday (11th May) they're repeating his earlier doc, Operation Mincemeat, at 9pm on BBC4 ...

@meltonboy you might be interested in them

His later docs (Double Cross, Kim Philby and Rogue Warriors) might be repeated soon too, as some of them were repeated last year along with these two.
 
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