Darwin and The Beagle’s Scandal (2018)

Introduction Retrace Darwin’s voyage aboard the HMS Beagle and uncover the journey’s surprising backstory. Outline Before he wrote the book that revolutionised the way people understood evolution, a young Charles Darwin found himself, by chance, on a strange sea voyage. This is the story of the HMS Beagle, which travelled from Great Britain to survey… Read More

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Introduction Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 American epic period war-drama film co-written, produced and directed by Peter Weir, set in the Napoleonic Wars. The film’s plot and characters are adapted from three novels in author Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey–Maturin series, which includes 20 completed novels of Jack Aubrey’s naval… Read More

The Hunt for the Hood (2001)

Introduction A 2001 documentary about the hunt to find Britain’s Greatest Battleship. Outline She was a mighty symbol of Britain’s greatness, yet she was destroyed in just three-and-a-half minutes. Had the ship been fatally weakened by her twenty long years of all-but-continuous operations on the high seas? Hopefully, resurrecting this magnificent warship will provide the… Read More

Jutland: Clash of the Dreadnoughts (2004)

Introduction A 2004 documentary about the Battle of Jutland in World War One. Outline It was the largest naval engagement of World War I, fought between the navies of Britain and Germany off the Danish coast, and featuring the ships de jour, the Dreadnaughts; i.e., battleships. The British outnumbered the Germans in almost all respects… Read More

49th Parallel (1941)

Introduction 49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British writer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was released in the United States as The Invaders. Background The British Ministry of Information approached Michael Powell to make a propaganda film for them, suggesting he… Read More

The Volunteer (1944)

Introduction The Volunteer (1944) is a short black-and-white British film by the filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger for the UK Ministry of Information. Outline Made during World War II as recruitment propaganda for the Fleet Air Arm, volunteer numbers rose after its release. The films features actor Ralph Richardson starring in a West End… Read More