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Capt Kremen24/07/2019 11:47:19
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Anyone watched the BBC 'Plane Spotting Live' programme on BBC4?

Oh dear!!!! Only another two episodes to go (thank goodness).

Stuphedd24/07/2019 12:11:05
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I agree ,

But the lady , ex BA pilot, was "impressive " with her knowledge !


Martin Harris24/07/2019 13:18:11
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I'm sure we're being force fed a diet of diversity from the TV companies. Some definite parallels with the BoB "re-creation" last year...

I watched out of curiosity for a while but had to turn it off  - I know many think of aeromodellers as nurds or anoraks but that bunch in the field near Heathrow - and for that matter, the presenters (with the exception of Arthur Williams) - made us seem wonderfully normal!


Edited By Martin Harris on 24/07/2019 13:18:32

Cuban824/07/2019 14:53:26
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Complete rubbish, certain factions of  the BBC playing their games again. Arthur Williams is knowledgeable and always worth watching however. On the other hand, I thought the Jim Al Khalili BBC 4 programme on Aviation history was excellent and with a good balance of fact and entertainment.

Edited By Cuban8 on 24/07/2019 14:55:08

Jon - Laser Engines24/07/2019 15:10:46
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i saw a trailer for this somewhere and was wondering if it would be any good. looks like my decision to not buy a tv licence and only watch my dvd collection was worth it again

SIMON CRAGG24/07/2019 16:02:17
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What a load of tripe.

Afraid Mr Snow is past his sell by date, and it was over acted and way to manic.

Been much better if headed up by Arthur and the spotters, with input from a suitably experienced pilot.

Something and nothing really, wont bother tonight.

Brian Cooper24/07/2019 16:32:38
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I put up with it for about four minutes, before switching channels. However, not quite believing it could be that bad, I switched back to it a few minutes later. . . . . But yes, it really was that bad.

I won't be watching any further episodes.

My TV has an "off" switch, and it seems to be getting used a lot of lately.


Martin Dilly 124/07/2019 17:28:19
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It was, however, followed by a reasonably good programmee on the development of flight, presented by Jim Al-Kalili, who also does the Radio 4 series The Life Scientific just after the 9 a.m. news. The TV progamme had a refreshing lack of barmy-looking 'experts', and touched on Leonardo, Cayley, the Wrights, Sperry (for gyros), Wiley Post (high altititude flight) and Whittle, including a couple of shots of him with models he built it the RAF at Halton.Worth checking out on I-Player.

paul d24/07/2019 18:40:37
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Totally agree Martin, a very interesting programme indeed, Dear old Aunty Beeb missed a trick in not having Arthur Williams present plane spotting live, I shall however watch tonight mainly because I'm sad and simply like looking at aircraft.( maybe I'll mute the sound!!)

John Privett24/07/2019 19:16:31
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I saw the trailers for Planespotting Live and it seems from the comments here that my thoughts at the time have been confirmed. I might skim through it on iPlayer just to see if it really was that bad, though I'm sure I already know the answer...

I will confess to have once been 'in a field near Heathrow', but on only one occasion - to capture on video the 3 last ever Concorde passenger flights returning to LHR - I feel that was justified!

The other programme though, mentioned my Cuban8 and Martin, sounds well worth a watch on iPlayer.

brokenenglish24/07/2019 19:51:27
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Posted by John Privett on 24/07/2019 19:16:31:
I will confess to have once been 'in a field near Heathrow', but on only one occasion - to capture on video the 3 last ever Concorde passenger flights returning to LHR - I feel that was justified!

I'd rather be in a field near Old Warden or Duxford.

SIMON CRAGG24/07/2019 22:39:09
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Even worse tonight.

Martin Harris25/07/2019 01:16:48
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You watched it?!?!?

Cuban825/07/2019 08:36:46
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Agree with Martin.

I believe Jim Al Khalili is one of the few very few top academics who have the knack of presenting complex ideas in a manner that a Beano reader can begin to get to grips with (to quote Tony Robinson on a Time Team episode ).laugh

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