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Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray

Watching War Films with My Dad

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Growing up in the 1970’s when WWII still resonated round school playgrounds, featured strongly at the cinema and on TV not to mention all the “add-ons” the Airfix models, the comics and Action man. Now he may no longer have the Action men but Al Murray still retains a strong interest in history, especially the War and his look back at childhood allows him to ruminate on quite how this has affected his life.


Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray

Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began. Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can't help himself. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn't go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War. Part memoir, part life obsession, this is Al Murray musing on what he knows best. And he's sure to tell you things about history that you were never taught at school.

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Al Murray is one of the most successful and recognisable comedians in the UK and best known for his stand-up persona, The Pub Landlord. He has won the Perrier Award in 1999, the British Comedy Award for Al Murray's Happy Hour in 2007 and My Gaff, My Rules was short-listed for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002.

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30th November 1999


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