Hawks and Doves: The Crown and Ireland’s War of Independence (2020): Part 02

Introduction Michael Portillo examines the undisturbed reports, letters and diaries that reveal how Britain’s perspectives on the Irish War of Independence were as divided as the island of Ireland itself. He unravels a web of mystery and intrigue woven by the British ruling classes, for whom the essential issue was never Ireland, but their own… Read More

Hawks and Doves: The Crown and Ireland’s War of Independence (2020): Part 01

Introduction Michael Portillo examines the undisturbed reports, letters and diaries that reveal how Britain’s perspectives on the Irish War of Independence were as divided as the island of Ireland itself. He unravels a web of mystery and intrigue woven by the British ruling classes, for whom the essential issue was never Ireland, but their own… Read More

The War Next Door: Scotland and the Troubles (2019): Part 02

Introduction Documentary examining Scotland’s role in the Troubles, with memories from the people who were there. Outline This episode includes some surprising stories. It takes a look at an IRA attack in Shetland, a bombing campaign planned from Glasgow, and protests in Dumfries and Galloway against the manufacture of plastic bullets. The War Next Door:… Read More

The War Next Door: Scotland and the Troubles (2019): Part 01

Introduction Documentary examining Scotland’s role in the Troubles, with memories from the people who were there. Outline There is concern that the Troubles could spill over into Scotland. It also looks at the Scottish soldiers deployed to Northern Ireland. The War Next Door: Scotland and the Troubles Series Part 01. Part 02. Production & Filming… Read More

The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E08

Introduction A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force. Outline The last episode in the series on the Royal Military Police. The war in Iraq is over, and the traditional annual Army versus Navy Rugby match takes place at the RFU in Twickenham. Policed by the Redcaps and the Metropolitan Police patrolling side… Read More

The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E07

Introduction A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force. Outline The first week of June 2003 and the war in Iraq is officially over. The Royal Military Police has the massive task of trying to reconstruct a trustworthy police force, a workable legal system, fair courts and humane prisons. Covering the area of… Read More

The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E06

Introduction A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force. Outline While the world focus of attention was on the war in the Gulf, the day-to-day work of the Royal Military Police continues at home. At their HQ somewhere on Salisbury Plain, the Special Investigation Branch is constantly on the look out for wrong… Read More

The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E05

Introduction A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force. Outline February 2003, and the roads of Kuwait thundered to the roar of heavy armour heading northwards during the final stages of Operation Telic, the invasion of Iraq. Centuries of experience in desert fighting taught the army that however rough it gets, armies can… Read More

The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E04

Introduction A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force. Outline As the Gulf War approaches, the men and women of 156 Provost Company are training in earnest. The 156 Pro Coy, based in Colchester, plans to be among the first into Iraq, travelling with the fighting soldiers of 6 Para. As they practice… Read More