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Guy Martin's Battle of Britain

  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Guy Martin's Battle of Britain

Summary

Part one of two. The presenter experiences the training of a Second World War fighter pilot, ultimately taking to the skies in a Hawker Hurricane for a dogfight against a Messerschmitt 109. In the first part, he learns how to fly in a Tiger Moth bi-plane, before progressing to the much faster Harvard aircraft and combat manoeuvres. He also tries his hand at clay pigeon shooting, which was used as a training exercise to help rookie pilots shoot fast-moving targets.
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Review

Guy Martin has mastered many machines, but would he have made the grade as a Battle of Britain pilot? Of course he would, but it’s sweet that this programme (the first of a two-parter) tries to crank up the jeopardy as to whether he will make it through a Second World War training course to face a Battle-of-Britain-style dogfight with a Messerschmitt.

It’s a good way of retelling a piece of history that remains astonishing however often you hear it (“We was always going to smash ’em” is Guy’s take). This isn’t a Spitfire-centred story: Guy flies a Hurricane, and if you want more on Hurricanes watch Yesterday’s Warbird Workshop (Thu 9pm) which shows one being rebuilt.

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  • Episode 1

    Guy Martin's Battle of Britain

    Summary

    Part one of two. The presenter experiences the training of a Second World War fighter pilot, ultimately taking to the skies in a Hawker Hurricane for a dogfight against a Messerschmitt 109. In the first part, he learns how to fly in a Tiger Moth bi-plane, before progressing to the much faster Harvard aircraft and combat manoeuvres. He also tries his hand at clay pigeon shooting, which was used as a training exercise to help rookie pilots shoot fast-moving targets.
    Recommended

    Review

    Guy Martin has mastered many machines, but would he have made the grade as a Battle of Britain pilot? Of course he would, but it’s sweet that this programme (the first of a two-parter) tries to crank up the jeopardy as to whether he will make it through a Second World War training course to face a Battle-of-Britain-style dogfight with a Messerschmitt.

    It’s a good way of retelling a piece of history that remains astonishing however often you hear it (“We was always going to smash ’em” is Guy’s take). This isn’t a Spitfire-centred story: Guy flies a Hurricane, and if you want more on Hurricanes watch Yesterday’s Warbird Workshop (Thu 9pm) which shows one being rebuilt.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterGuy Martin

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJames Woodroffe
    Executive producerSteve Gowans
    ProducerAmy Roff
    ProducerJames Woodroffe
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