2008
02.18

“SAS series to feature unseen interviews”

A new series about the SAS will feature unseen interviews with its first pilots.

The History Channel is producing SAS: The Originals and has unearthed the only interviews with founder David Stirling and “The Originals” – his colleagues at the beginning of the service.

Producer and director Keith Bunker said: “Stirling was a gambler and a maverick. The men he gathered around him were rule-breakers, misfits, one-offs.”

“It’s not just the inside story of how the SAS was formed, it is also the story of the lives and characters of an incredible group of men and their legacy – told for the first and only time in their own words.”

The 3-part documentary will feature battle reconstructions as well as the interviews which were shot in 1984. They will be presented by Colonel Tim Collins

The first episode “Dare to Win” will be broadcasted on February 22 and is repeated several times during the week.

“In the first episode of SAS: The Originals Colonel Tim Collins of the SAS presents a unique and comprehensive investigation of the birth of the SAS, concentrating on the originals’ treacherous first mission and the man behind it all – David Stirling.”

Part 2 is called “Let Battle Commence”: “Using never-before-shown footage, including operational reports and the Paddy Mayne diary, we recreate the SAS’s brave first offensives. The men discuss anything from the mundane, such as digging up and camouflaging their jeeps, to what it’s like to be under fire and leaving wounded comrades in the desert – a fate they too would face if badly wounded.”
Part 2 will be shown from February 29.

The last part “Death in the Sun”, will be shown from March 8.
“Through using private archival footage, Collins reveals the courage of the originals and the cunning of David Stirling. This episode is action-packed and gripping, with the latest graphic technology reconstructing some of the most epic moments of the war. We even travel to Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, (the camp where Anne Frank died of typhus) which the originals were the first to enter.

We end our journey with the war’s close and the subsequent liquidation of the SAS. What happened to the originals and David Stirling? And why, after all this, were the SAS later revived?

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