/ PQ17 - An Arctic convoy disaster
A must watch documentary from the BBC and a shameful episode in British Naval History.
Clarkson finally comes of age. I take back all that I've thought about him over many, many Top Gear episodes.
And this is why we SHOULD have a licence fee.
Worth looking up two previous documentaries along similar lines, one on the St Nazaire raid and one on the Victoria Cross.
I really don't like Top Gear that much but I think Clarkson does this stuff brilliantly. He seems to have a style of genuine awe and admiration when commentating on acts of genuine courage and bravery. Inside him there is this little spark that makes him realise that he can only get up to his selfish antics because of the bravery of others most of which went unreported and unnoticed.
I understand his father in law won the VC at Arnhem.
I agree, about the documentary itself, and about Clarkson's handling of this type of subject, which I think is excellent.
I liked the comparison between the RN shells and those on the Tirpitz.
What a typically British hero Gladwell was. Humbling stuff.
Hello, thanks for the heads up, I'll watch this would you mind posting the link on the thread please for future reference.
Don't confuse the Top Gear Clarkson with the trained journalist he really is.
Thanks. I'll try and find those.
Agreed I loved "the greatest raid of all" he did on St Nazairre, truely astonishing bravery in the face of near certain death
Wayched this last night, really enjoyed it. I noticed on the credits clarkson wrote the programme too.
Also watched James May Toy stories, an attempt to do the TT course on a motorbike made entirly of meccano. Another winner!
Believe his Grandfather won a VC.
No high technolgy, No massive industrial machine supporting you just excellent traditional skills, some innovative thinking, a Times Atlas and some "stiff upper lip". The stuff of the "Boy's Own Annual" except this was for real. If you had made it up nobody would have believed you.
You are right. Clarkson is only a complete knob for 90% of the time.
Which, to be fair, is 10% less of the time than some posters on here in the last few months :-)
Repeated tonight (Monday) at 21:30
I really enjoyed it, he wrote in his column that no-one should complain about anything after watching that documentary. I agree.
Jeremy Clarkson related the story well and it was fascinating to find out about Gladwell. As ex-RN I think it's fair to say that PQ-17 is a stain on the Royal Navy's history.
I watched this program last week and it was very good. As with the others I thought Clarkson was great in it, though I do think is a great presenter in general and I love Topgear.
From reading your post it seems your grandfather may now be dead - if his next of kin are interested they can apply for his Arctic Star. Think of it as a piece of history and belated recognition.
Good call. He died about 15 years ago, aged 100. My dad has all his medals - I'll check (judging from Wiki it would have been the Atlantic Star, which looks familiar)...
Much like the Bomber command medal we picked up on behalf of my Grandfather last year.
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