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  1. Liquid Gold

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    Jihadi Next Door.

    Great documentary... Would wind most people up though.
     
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    Bomb Squad - Netflix
    Brilliant fly on the wall documentary about US bomb disposal in Afghanistan.
    There is some 'whoopin' and 'a hollerin', but if you get beyond that, you see just what a ridiculous/thankless job it is.
     
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    I would highly recommend "Tim's Vermeer" completely mesmerising, It's produced and directed by Penn & Teller.
     
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    One of the best ones I've seen in fairly recent times was Mike Brewer (off wheeler dealer fame) shadowing a helicopter crew in Afghanistan. He's in the helicopter when they are doing what is supposed to be a fairly routine patrol when the call comes in for a medevac. They land under fire while the ground troops load injured British and Taliban (often forgotten that we treated all injured in battle) while the tail gunner is firing of rounds. The helicopter gets hit a couple of times and the pilot takes a nasty shrapnel wound just above the eye but still manages to take off and get back to base. When they get back to base a Mike Brewer who's been fairly quiet though it all suddenly realises what he's just been witness to and has a bit of a moment. Was a very good bit of TV.
     
  6. Nick

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    sounds good, what channel?
     
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    The Adam Curtis documentaries are brilliant. I can highly recommend Bitter Lake and Hypernormalisation.

    There's a good one about capping the Chernobyl reactor too. Oh, and a great one on Russia's cosmonauts and how they won the space race.
     
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    Now you're asking. It was a long time ago. Pretty sure I've seen it on youtube since. Try searching under Mike Brewer, Afghanistan and I'm sure you'll find it.

    He also did a follow up show on the helicopter itself. It was a war veteran that saw action in the Falkland war. There was an old merchant ship in the task force that got torpedoed and they were trying to offload all the equipment it was carrying before it went down and IIRC the helicopter was one of the things that made it of. The captain of the merchant ship was a real hero too. He was merchant navy not royal and both him and the ship had retired. The government pulled the ship out of the graveyard and he volunteered to sail it as it's last captain and came out of retirement to do so. He stayed on board after the ship was hit to keep the pumps going to buy as much time as possible to unload the ship and he went down with the ship. I don't think that was all covered in the Mike Brewer documentary but I do recall seeing a documentary about the captain many years ago and that is also worth a watch if you can find it.
     
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    Saw that, He was bricking it(as I would be too) but it was good telly.
     
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    Jesus, will keep looking. Always thought Brewer was a bit of a cock on Wheeler Dealers and was out of order to Ed China but would like to watch that one
     
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    John's not mad.
     
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    is that the touretes one? Got to love those ones.
     
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    This in on Nat Geo on Wednesday night. Getting rave reviews from the previews in the states.
     
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    Looks good, set it to record :)
     
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    Stop giving your orders and do it yourself you lazy git!!
     
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    Is it 'the rise of the politics of fear' - brilliant
     
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    Morning lads
    There's a few belters on Netflix
    Who took Johnny ( harrowing )
    The imposter ( fascinating true story of a guy who claims to be a missing American teenager )
    I am not your Guru
    Kung fu Elliot (which I can't work out if it's a spoof or not)
    The guvnor
    The resurrection of Jake the snake Roberts
    Man versus snake ( it's pretty good it's about a lad who tries to beat his world record on an arcade game 20 odd years after he set it)
    I am your father ( it's about David prowse) reshooting a scene from Star Wars where he was supposed to be revealed as Luke's dad)
     
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  20. Nick

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    Watched that Syria one last night, some of it I had no idea about but that bit where it showed the terrorist in France on his motorbike going round shooting people and the bodycam footage was shocking. Literally just starting chatting to a bloke then shot him.
     
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    That was stupid. The highlight was the bloke reckoning that him being spoken to changed his life etc. The guy is rinsing the shit out of people and spouting bollocks to vulnerable people and they are swallowing it whole.
     
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    Murder on a Sunday morning was a good watch, true crime doc in America. It's on Youtube
     
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    Britains Greatest Pilot, the story of Eric "Winkle" Brown absolutely fascinating, like a boys
    Own story, flew over 450 different planes from biplanes to jet fighters.
    Took part in an air display at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a test pilot for the RAF who was the
    1st pilot ever to land a Jet on an Aircraft Carrier, took part in the interrogation of Goering.

    I think he's 98 now, the documentary is made up of old footage, other people's testimony
    And his own words, as you'd expect from someone of his ilk he's very selfless.
    It really is a brilliant watch, his life story is incredible, I think there are parts 1&2.
     
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    Sounds like the sort of thing i may be fascinated by. This is on Netflix?

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    I'm not sure, I watched it about a year ago on one of those nights when your bored
    And flicking through the channels, stumbled across it and got into it.
    The bloke was an absolute legend, learned from his Dad and some German pilot
    Got sent to the flying corps and the rest was history, and history well worth a look.
    Google Eric 'Winkle' Brown I'm sure it'll be on there.
     
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    Letters to Zachary. On YouTube.

    Nuts, disturbing and upsetting. Bit like a Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh.
     
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    Your Father's Murderer: A Letter to Zachary (2008) - IMDb

    Good reviews on IMDB, might have a look. Don't usually like things that are too upsetting like that.

    Can watch horror films all day with people having their heads chopped off but Marley and Me or Turner and Hooch and I'm gone.
     
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    Also not a documentary as such but Hacksaw Ridge was really good!
     
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    it's definitely more upsetting than Turner and Hooch!
     
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    Will have a look and save it for a day I can deal with it!
     
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    Yes nick I completely agree I was fascinated how he managed to get away with it, his default seemed to be blaming the persons parents

    Also there was a scene where he made a woman dump her fella by phone in front of the entire audience


    Wouldn't mind being a tenner behind him though
     
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    The Last Tommy - the stories of the last surviving soldiers from the great war, all over 100 years when it was filmed. Featuring the great Harry Patch who for me absolutely nailed the futility of war.

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    Great film and based on truth so as near as dammit

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    Judas Priest got sued because supposedly backwards lyrics in their songs persuaded a pair of teenagers to try and blow their heads off. Their private life and upbringing had nothing to do with it, of course...
     

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