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Royal Navy Documentaries


War Hero
I haven't yet seen the first episode which was broadcast last night but judging by the text's and emails i've recieved from RN/RNR and civvies alike i dont think i'm going to like it.

The general consensus appears to be that it's an embarrassment.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?


If embarassment means the lack of physical preparation shown by some of those who had all leapt several high hoops prior to arrival I'd certainly agree.

Several shots of S/Rs & NCOs out front also indicated an embarassing lack of IT skills, unless that peculiar mode of IT is à la mode at BRNC these days?

As Dan said, certain individuals will forever regret their cringeworthy remarks.

I also found it very strange that the youngest entrant, who professed to be an aspiring actor, couldn't even act the part of a Naval Officer Under Training for very long...


War Hero
Obviously we have to remember that they're fresh out of the box and nobody walks into any service fully prepared for what is about to be thrown at them but the documentaries on Sandhurst have always been quiet good. An ex-RN colleague of mine even said the "COUGH" RAF officer traing series gave a better impression that this.

I have often thought that the RN recruitment concentrate too much on peoples qualifications and perhaps not enough on the individuals abilities.

I'm dreading watching it.


Eager to take a look at it, but I'm having no luck at all in finding any of the episodes online. Suppose I'll have to wait out with the rest of the internet, though I'll post back here if I come across 'em.


War Hero
Eager to take a look at it, but I'm having no luck at all in finding any of the episodes online. Suppose I'll have to wait out with the rest of the internet, though I'll post back here if I come across 'em.

All of the episodes in the Officers and Gentlemen series are scheduled for transmission on the afternoon of Saturday, 23rd March 2013, starting at 2 pm.


War Hero
Was it your devilish good looks that prevented ITV from completing the showing of the series? If so stand by for Frogman007 ...

The Purge

Ive watched a few Royal Navy documentaries recently, for instance Royal Navy Caribbean patrol and Royal Navy Submarine Mission. Anyway is there any new documentaries planned for this year? Or is there any other good documentaries which are worth recommending.
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Lantern Swinger
Thread resurrection! Found this an interesting watch about Invincible carriers, recent history for us noobs. The presenter has some interesting a cutting remarks for Gov in her wrap up.

Either way, made the ironing more interesting.

Any recommendations for more of the like gratefully received.

- Anchor Faced


War Hero
The above jogged my memory - the galley was forward, no dining hall, the deck was about 2 foot above the sea, anything over force 5/6 you had to take your dinner back (on the old 4 slot aluminium plate) through the engine room to the mess which was under the quarterdeck (Stokers)

I (SA CA) was messed with the stokers cause if the upper deck was out of bounds I had to feed them from the dry stores under the mess


War Hero
Yes - really dodgy especially if the ship was rolling, wonder why they didn't have a normal hanger ??


War Hero
Super Moderator
Yes - really dodgy especially if the ship was rolling, wonder why they didn't have a normal hanger ??
Good ideas club in action, or something to do with that enormous Sea Slug director, although why that couldn't go on top of the hangar only the designers would know.
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