Glyn Worsnip follows recruits of 480 (Training) Platoon undertaking their basic training for the British Parachute Regiment between January and June 1982.
The Paras is a 1983 BBC TV documentary series about British Parachute Regiment recruits of 480 (Training) Platoon undertaking their basic training at the Depot of the Parachute Regiment (Depot Para) at Aldershot Garrison between January and June 1982.
- The series was broadcast on BBC1 in November and December 1983.
- It was later repeated in 1984, with an update on the platoon members’ lives in the last episode.
- Narrated by Glyn Worsnip, it was shot in the fly-on-the-wall style, giving the viewing public a unique insight to military life.
- Production of the programme started just prior to the Falklands War.
- The series was accompanied by a book of the same name written by the principal researcher Frank Hilton.
- The series was accompanied by a score of military music written and arranged by Conn Bernard.
- Some of those recruits passing out in 1982 went on to have long and distinguished careers including Dean Ward and Rod Stoner.
- In addition one of the platoon staff corporals, Al Slater was later killed in Northern Ireland whilst a member of the SAS.
- This incident and some of this involvement in the SAS were described in two of Andy McNab’s books Immediate Action and Seven Troop.
The Paras Series
- Episode 01: 480 Platoon.
- Episode 02: The Maroon Machine.
- Episode 03: Basic Wales.
- Episode 04: P Company.
- Episode 05: Wings.
- Episode 06: Ready for Anything.
- Episode 07: Down to Earth.
Production & Filming Details
- Presenter(s): Glyn Worship.
- Producer(s): Bill Jones.
- Writer(s): Glyn Worship and Frank Hilton.
- Music: Conn Bernard.
- Cinematography: Dave Gray.
- Editor(s): Graham Dean.
- Production: BBC.
- Distributor(s): BBC One.
- Release Date: March 1983 to April 1983.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Rating: PG.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.