Commando - On The Front Line (ITV1)

The latest issue of the Globe and Laurel has been promoting this and the reviews are making it out to be a groundbreaking series. It was scheduled to start on 26th August, but I believe it will now be early September.



ITV follows Royal Marines recruits in Commando series


ITV is launching an eight-part series, which tracks 50 recruits undergoing months of gruelling training to become Royal Marine Commandos and follows them onto the frontline in Afghanistan.

'Commando: On the Front Line', which will be shown on ITV1 and ITV4, delves into the lives and minds of the young men who sign up as novices, and are transformed physically and mentally into an elite force of specialists in expeditionary warfare.

The series was filmed over a 12-month period by director/cameraman Chris Terrill, who followed and trained with the recruits of 924 Troop in Lympstone, Devon, who were seeking to win the famous Green Beret.
Terrill and the recruits learned ambush techniques and carried back-breaking loads in the searing heat of subtropical jungles as part of the Commando tests. Terrill was also awarded a Green Beret and subsequently followed the men onto the front line and into battle in the Helmand region of Afghanistan.

Some of the recruits featured in the documentary include Terry John from the Caribbean island of St Vincent, plasterer James Williams, ex stunt man Adam Collins and 17-year-old Jordan Slatter.
In addition to the recruits from the 924 Troop, the series also follows the progress of officers undergoing training at the same base, in particular 22-year-old Second Lieutenant Bertie Kerr, who within days of passing out is sent to the frontline in Afghanistan.
Kerr leads 11 Troop of M Company (42 Commando) and must deal with attacks from the Taliban and the death of one of his troops.
Terrill said: "What I did realise when we were under heavy fire was that the Marines, probably like other soldiers, aren't fighting for a cause or a flag, a monarch or a leader. They are fighting for each other, for their comrades...for their brothers in arms."

The eight-part series will begin in autumn with a one-hour introductory episode, followed by seven half-hour editions.



Spenny
 
Backpacker1uk said:
Have to keep an eye open for that no can get ITV1 in Eire wonder if it will be on the channels up North.

Makes a change from "THE MAKING OF A PARA"

Im sure it will be on You Tube the following day anyway mate, so if you cant get it on ITV1 there is always that option. Failing that let me know and I will try and burn it to DVD for you.

Apart from being a useful recruiting tool, hopefully this will raise the publics awareness on Afghanistan a bit too.
It really grips my shit when Pete 'fckingcnutfacedjunkiebarsteward' Doherty is front page headlines because he's avoided jail AGAIN, whilst the lads out there fighting and dying for £50 a day are hardly mentioned. :rambo:
 

stumpy

War Hero
Let us know when it starts! I will definatelt watch it. Chris T. also (I think) made HMS Brilliant and the programme a couple of years ago about Devonport. I look forward to this one!
 
Ive just checked with ITV and they have confirmed that the series will now start on Thursday 20th September, at 2100hrs on ITV1.

I know from the Globe and Laurel, that Royal and ITV were in talks about the naming of the series and there were some disagreements.
At first ITV wanted to call it Sea Soldiers but then thought about it and decided WarCry was better.

:eek:mfg: :slow: :jocolor:

(Edited as I was typing with my elbows.)
 

super-boots

Badgeman
i read about this too in globe and buster, just hope our lads have more to do with the editing than the itv . hope it gets good press :w00t:
 
super-boots said:
i read about this too in globe and buster, just hope our lads have more to do with the editing than the itv . hope it gets good press :w00t:

I was thinking the same thing mate. I remember the cutting Edge Documentry also called Commando, that was shown on TV a few years back.
Talk about negative press!! They interviewed a Recruit in the field, who slated the training team on camera for not being able to communicate with one another, showed the Troop Sgt beasing the lads but was edited in a way to make him look like a right cnut and to top it all, had a Recruit collapse on the bottom field - right about the time 3 recruits had died during training. It was a disaster!!

However I think with the program director/cameraman actually taking part in Commando training, earning his beret and going out to Afghanistan with the lads, it will be shown in a much more brutal and realistic way.

Spenny
 
spenny said:
Backpacker1uk said:
Have to keep an eye open for that no can get ITV1 in Eire wonder if it will be on the channels up North.

Makes a change from "THE MAKING OF A PARA"

Im sure it will be on You Tube the following day anyway mate, so if you cant get it on ITV1 there is always that option. Failing that let me know and I will try and burn it to DVD for you.

Apart from being a useful recruiting tool, hopefully this will raise the publics awareness on Afghanistan a bit too.
It really grips my shit when Pete 'fckingcnutfacedjunkiebarsteward' Doherty is front page headlines because he's avoided jail AGAIN, whilst the lads out there fighting and dying for £50 a day are hardly mentioned. :rambo:

Cheers Spenny.

Not sure if I am in UK or Ireland at the time.

That Doherty is one joke. It saddens me when I think of people fighting for their lives in hospital and these prats are taking all kinds of shite.

Looking forward to this pgm think the last I enjoyed was the ML course and that parrot in the cage now what did he call it?? Typical corp humour.
 
Backpacker1uk said:
spenny said:
Backpacker1uk said:
Have to keep an eye open for that no can get ITV1 in Eire wonder if it will be on the channels up North.

Makes a change from "THE MAKING OF A PARA"

Im sure it will be on You Tube the following day anyway mate, so if you cant get it on ITV1 there is always that option. Failing that let me know and I will try and burn it to DVD for you.

Apart from being a useful recruiting tool, hopefully this will raise the publics awareness on Afghanistan a bit too.
It really grips my shit when Pete 'fckingcnutfacedjunkiebarsteward' Doherty is front page headlines because he's avoided jail AGAIN, whilst the lads out there fighting and dying for £50 a day are hardly mentioned. :rambo:

Cheers Spenny.

Not sure if I am in UK or Ireland at the time.

That Doherty is one joke. It saddens me when I think of people fighting for their lives in hospital and these prats are taking all kinds of shite.

Looking forward to this pgm think the last I enjoyed was the ML course and that parrot in the cage now what did he call it?? Typical corp humour.


No dramas mate.

Im looking forward to this one myself. ITV showed the teaser advert for their Autumn programs the other night and Commando was part of that. Considering they only include the best of what they have in this advert, they must have high hopes for the program.

The ML course was a blinding series - shown on Discovery Channel. Ive tried to get a copy of that series from everywhere, with no joy.
It was during the E&E phase when they caught that lad who put up one hell of a fight.......................didnt they subdue him with a rifle butt? Outstanding television!! :thumright:
 
There was also a TV series called 'Behind the Lines' (or similar) which showed RM training.

First episode was a crazy Bootie Sgt leaping from a cliff edge onto a rock pinnacle without a safety line. The other trainees were from other services that I recall (US Marine, & Dutch I think etc) who had to do the same thing but with a line - two failed to jump, and were RTU'd.

Quite a good series, and an eye-opener, the only thing they would not show was the interrogation techniques..... I wonder why ? !!

Anyone else recall this series ?

:)
 

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