the MGM streaming services has a new series called rogue warriors about the beginning of the desert rats. Thought some might enjoy.
Did you mean Rogue Heros ? It’s about the start up of the SAS ? There was a documentary on the UK BBC called Rogue Warriors … Again that was about the SAS ??
Yeah, might be heros. Wasnt a docu. Its about 6 episodes so maybe a season 2 with the way it ended.
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To be honest I didn’t think much of it … Only bothered with 3 episodes and then got bored and annoyed by it. A lot of artistic licence, odd characters thrown in to give it some sort of meat, and some borderline fabrication on some parts …
And the origin facts and personal historical facts are readily available… I don’t get why program makers feel the need to tweak or tamper with them…
That said, some people will like it so have at it…
Got to be honest I thought the same thing, I lost interest half way through episode 1. It’s ok if you like a bit of escapism, just don’t take it as gospel. All a bit too Peaky Blinders I thought. I would have preferred they had handled it with a bit more respect like Band of Brothers, rather than making a live action Commando comic. If you don’t take it too serious it’s a bit of fun, as it was intended to be. Us history buffs are always going to be the most difficult to please!
There was an article I read not long back about the family of Paddy Mayne not being particularly happy with his portrayal in the series.
That’s the understatement of the year … They and the local community were almost in a nuclear meltdown about it. I’m just sorry I made it to E3, I almost bailed after the first episode…
Yeah that’s pretty much what I read too. Just didn’t want to be too negative, I know a lot of people are enjoying it.
I watched the whole series on Epix (now MGM+). I learned three things I didn’t know before. British Officers drank constantly, in the field and behind the lines. David Sterling had a love affair with a French spy. And British officers swore constantly like the cowboys on “Deadwood”. So educational.
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Definitely no peaky blinders. As far as accuracy I would avoid Kellys Hereos and this will cause complete brain melt down in bolt counters.
There was certainly plenty of criticism of both the portrayal of Mayne and the show itself. Personally I rather enjoyed it and didn’t take it seriously- I felt it was pitched as a slightly tongue in cheek, pop-culture take on the military oddballs, misfits and outcasts that created the unit. It was all dialled up to 11 with AC/DC, ridiculously posed moments and the sort of Tarantino feel of ‘Inglourious Basterds’. It was a bit of fun really and it may get some more people interested in the history of the period which is always a good thing.
I thought O’Connell had a decent accent too- something us lot from the 9 counties of Ulster are always analysing! There’ve been some hilarious takes on our accent on TV and film but I think his was decent though perhaps a little more ragged than I think Mayne might have had.
I should also say that people from Ireland, and Ulster in particular, swear a lot even in normal conversation. It’s not a universal thing but it’s certainly noticeable compared to other English speaking places.
If you don’t want the BS that comes with the series, read the book.
Rogue Heros by Ben Macintyre