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Armortek on TV !

Post by Chris Hall » Tue May 16, 2017 11:49 am

One of my more bizarre 'claims to fame' (and there are a fair few of them :oops:) is that Helen (my ever-supportive wife, who actually bullied me into buying Liesel in the first place) and I bought our house via the 'Escape to the Country' TV show, back in 2009. It seems to be one of their more popular episodes, as we actually bought a house (less than 10% do) - we regularly see it repeated on obscure daytime channels, and still get stopped by people to ask if we're "that couple in the country" in the strangest places (even, once, while on a foreign holiday !).

Anyway, yesterday, the film crew came back to do a re-visit, to find out how our lives had changed. A full day's shooting for probably 20 minutes of TV time. We had to send them loads of pictures and information beforehand and, of course, radio-controlled tanks was something they immediately fastened on to as potentially great TV. That was helped by the presenter being Jules Hudson (also on 'Countryfile') who's ex-military (indeed, he's just joined the Reserves as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers).

So we got the Panther and Liesel out, and ran them around the garden and over the tank course that Helen built for me (the garden being her domain). Jules said that he'd heard of Armortek, and seen the website, but never seen one up close. He winced at the cost (don't we all, at first ?), but was entranced, and will be coming to Tankfest so he'll catch up with us all there. And, after shooting, all the film crew lined up for a go as well. A great day was had by all.

I don't know how much will end up on the cutting room floor, but I'm certain there will be some footage. I'll let you know when it'll be on the small screen (probably late summer at the earliest) but, in the mean time, here's some pictures of "us, filming them, filming us":

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All the best,

Chris
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Re: Armortek on TV !

Post by dennypatterson » Tue May 16, 2017 3:45 pm

:roll: :roll: If you think that I'going to ask for your autograph, you've got another think coming!!!!!!! Denny

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Post by John Heath » Tue May 16, 2017 4:08 pm

Do let us know if you find out the air date.

So you're that elusive and rarely sighted "Escape to the Country" buyer. Knew there had to be one somewhere.

John

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Post by Chris Hall » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:47 pm

Well, it's taken an absolute age (due to BBC presenter issues that I better not go into :shock:), but we've finally been told that our programme will air on BBC 1 at 3.00pm on Friday, 18 January.

They goofed a bit and sent us a preview copy, which they're not supposed to do until it's shown. So I can confirm that there's lots of good footage of Liesel (which, despite Jules' comment, is definitely mine) and the Panther G (which we always joked belonged to my wife). It was a long time ago, though - the Panther is now owned by Phil Woollard, and has been exchanged for a Quad, limber and 25-pdr. Flaming Fire II, my second Mark IV, hasn't changed much though :oops:.

Hope you enjoy it ! It was great fun to film, but embarrassing as all hell to watch - I'm not photogenic enough to be a TV star (for the avoidance of doubt, Helen's the pretty one of the family - even Mia the dog looks better than me on the small screen :cry:).

All the best,

Chris

PS. And Denny, I'm still not doing autographs, although you keep pestering me ........ :)
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Post by Robert Reid » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:00 pm

Very cool!

Cheers,

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Post by Robert E Morey » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:10 pm

Wish my wife would bully me into buying more Armortek models. Especially ones for "her" to use. LOL.

Looks like a fun bit - your moment of fame!
B

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Post by Marco Peter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:33 am

Anywhere where we can see it back as well? :-)
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Post by Chris Hall » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:54 am

Marco -

It'll be on BBC iPlayer for a month afterwards. Don't know if that helps.

All the best,

Chris
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Post by Marco Peter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:51 am

Dunno never used it - somebody should find a way to save the stream and upload it on Youtube or someplace like that. :-)
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Post by Adrian Harris » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:00 pm

I'm glad they finally came back to see you Chris. Are those your scripts under the transmitters ?

If anyone want to see the original program, I have a URL :lol: :shock: :lol: :shock: :lol:

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Re: Armortek on TV !

Post by Chris Hall » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:33 pm

No scripts, Adrian - it's all done on the fly. It's a bit tricky remembering what you said first time round by the 6th retake, though ..... :lol:

(the sheets Adrian refers to are my 'cheat sheets' to remind me which switch does what, and which sound channels make which noises).

They didn't use one of my best lines. Jules said "how do we get them out ? Do we carry them ?". I burst out laughing and said "you can try !" and the Producer said "Great ! We'll use that." They never did - it's on a cutting room floor somewhere.

After it's shown, I'll see if I can clip out the Tankie bits for all you 'foreign Jonnies' :wink:

All the best,

Chris
Mark IV's #50 (Liesel) and #30 (Flaming Fire II)
Morris Quad #34, limber and 25-pdr
M3 Lee on the way !

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