Sundodgers United

Ballistic

War Hero
I got the impression that it was meant to be a 4, 5 or 6 part series but they crammed all the "interesting" bits into 2 programmes for whatever reason...
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I got the impression that it was meant to be a 4, 5 or 6 part series but they crammed all the "interesting" bits into 2 programmes for whatever reason...
Because if the truth be told, unless something is happening being on a dived boat, especially transiting, is very very mundane and boring. You can't even do sun downers, plus everyone, apart from the chefs, are watchkeepers.

But don't tell anyone I said that ;)
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
The heads getting blocked was with the boat alongside, unless Trenchant took contractors to sea with her.

I don't know why the killick on the panel got the blame for missing a course change order, that's down to ship control and the planesman. On the two boats I was panel operator on I used to deny everything ;)
Yep - I noticed the contractors too!

Re Panel - yep again, especially if getting into a quiz with back aft and forgetting to stop pumping/flooding or transferring oggin.............. So I heard :rolleyes:

Funny 'helping' SCO to sort the trim out again though!
 

Ballistic

War Hero
Because if the truth be told, unless something is happening being on a dived boat, especially transiting, is very very mundane and boring.
Well, I kinda guessed that even though I've never set foot on a nuclear submarine.

It's a shame that the editors couldn't have found a way to convey that impression to the watching public without detracting from the idea of "good telly".
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
Unfortunately, that is the risk when you sup with the devil (broadcast telly). Most work is routine, mundane, sometimes downright boring and then there are flashes of excitement. How to make that thrilling for the viewer who is not really wanting to be educated or informed and only seeking entertainment means it is all in the editing.

And that is how they sell newspapers as well. After all, who wants to buy something that said "everything is fine, don't worry"?
 

skyvet

GCM
Way back in the 60's, the BBC decided to broadcast a live naval exercise, which I remember included a carrier (probably the Ark) and loads of escorts.
I was on Cachalot at the time, and part of the attack team. As it wasn't possible to broadcast live telly from a dived boat, we filmed all our bits alongside in Guzz, and they were sneakily slotted into the live transmissons at the appropriate time. Our task was to breach the escort screen and attack the carrier. To make it look as though we were live and dived, a system had been rigged up to the depth guages, and the application of a stirrup pump pumped furiously by a skinny stoker who had been squeezed behind the panel so as to be "out of shot" altered the depth indication. The director of this epic piece of (in)action pranced around the control room urging us to "look warlike boys" much to the amusement of everyone.
All of this filming took place over a full weekend, and out actual time "on screen" during the programme was a staggering 2 whole minutes, but the index finger of my right hand made it to the final cut as it firmly pressed the "fire" button on the TOFI (in a suitably warlike manner)!
Happy days!
 

fishhead

War Hero
Any time I was helmsman if an order was given I had to repeat the order back confirming I had heard it correctly before actually carrying out the order. Two things. I don't recall ever seeing a Stokie boy sitting on the helm or the planes and secondly the accused never repeated anything so it couldn't be assumed he'd actually heard the order. Am I taking this too seriously?
 
Top