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The Fighter Boys: A Perfect Hero (1991)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623891
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0016
The Fighter Boys: A Perfect Hero (1991)

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Conservative revisionists such as John Charmley and Alan Clark argued that the Battle of Britain had been a mistake, and that the country would have been better off in terms of global power and influence if Winston Churchill had not rejected peace overtures from Adolf Hitler. However, traditional conservatives, among others, saw the memory of the Finest Hour as part of the national heritage and an important component in national identity that ought to be celebrated rather than contemptuously discarded. It was therefore perhaps no coincidence that much more was made of the fiftieth anniversary of the battle by the Royal Air Force and in the press than had been the case for some time, and that in the early 1990s, the long-delayed Battle of Britain Memorial was finally was built near Folkestone. A Perfect Hero would be a co-production of the new Nigel Havers company, Havahall Pictures, working with London Weekend Television. James Cellan Jones was to produce the television series.

Keywords: Battle of Britain; A Perfect Hero; television series; Royal Air Force; Havahall Pictures; London Weekend Television; James Cellan Jones

Chapter.  9585 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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