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Postby Rick Chasey » Fri Nov 09, 2012 15:42 pm

Just read this - an up to date review about the World at War documentary on ITV.

Made me think of the one programme that changed my life more than any other - the Cold War series, which totally blew me away as a little kid. I have noticed it's often overlooked when people talk about BBC's Great War and the World at War. Maybe it's the lack of British involvement, who knows.

The footage was always outstanding, - often stuff the public had never seen. I mean, really really exciting. Even as a 10 year old I felt how amazing and interesting the st uff was. In both TW@W and TCW I love the interviews they manage to get. And I love how they let them speak. No interrogation, no hostility. Just, what they think. I think it worked particualrly well with the cold war since the cold war was so intrinsicly intangible most of the time, manifesting in tangible events, and was peculiarly top down in it's social nature, so, for example, interviews with Gorbachov carry so much more weight.

Just heard they released the Cold War on DVD in May this year. Guess what's going to be on my christmas list?

What is your favourite TV documentary series and why?

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Postby mudcow007 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 15:59 pm

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Postby SteppenHerring » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:07 pm

For me it has to be This Is Spinal Tap.
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Postby rjsterry » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:17 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:Just read this - an up to date review about the World at War documentary on ITV.

Made me think of the one programme that changed my life more than any other - the Cold War series, which totally blew me away as a little kid. I have noticed it's often overlooked when people talk about BBC's Great War and the World at War. Maybe it's the lack of British involvement, who knows.

The footage was always outstanding, - often stuff the public had never seen. I mean, really really exciting. Even as a 10 year old I felt how amazing and interesting the st uff was. In both TW@W and TCW I love the interviews they manage to get. And I love how they let them speak. No interrogation, no hostility. Just, what they think. I think it worked particualrly well with the cold war since the cold war was so intrinsicly intangible most of the time, manifesting in tangible events, and was peculiarly top down in it's social nature, so, for example, interviews with Gorbachov carry so much more weight.

Just heard they released the Cold War on DVD in May this year. Guess what's going to be on my christmas list?

What is your favourite TV documentary series and why?


Eh? Not involved in the Cold War? Or do you just mean the documentary? TW@W was very good, as was TCW; not exactly light viewing though. Not sure I could pick a favourite, but I quite like anything with Marcus du Sautoy, or the Big Science series on BBC4. Also, any decent arts docu. I find Imagine a bit hit & miss. That other guy is good, not Waldemar Januzcek, or Tim Marlow, the other one
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Postby Rick Chasey » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:19 pm

The series focusses largely on the US vs Russia (with a tiny bit of China).

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Postby rjsterry » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:20 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:The series focusses largely on the US vs Russia (with a tiny bit of China).


Ah, misunderstood you.
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Postby rjsterry » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:26 pm

Matthew Collings, that's the chap.
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Postby Daddy0 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 17:21 pm

SteppenHerring wrote:For me it has to be This Is Spinal Tap.


It's a fine docu that one, although for me I think Bad News and More Bad News were grittier and more relevant to me.

Science wise I really liked Wonders Of The Stoner System:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ruBtLIvJM

Seriously though, John Pilgers documentaries are well worth investing some time watching:
http://johnpilger.com/

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Postby Godders1 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:54 pm

Carl Sagan's Cosmos is dated but still great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dADUBcoEEHw

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Postby PaulG99 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:43 pm

Band of Brothers was/is my all time favourite series.

For ongoing entertainment I enjoy Mythbusters.


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