TV appearance – Quest, 'Wings of War'

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  • #2816
    Daedalus
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    I can finally mention this, after almost missing the opportunity. Last year I was filmed as an ‘on screen expert’ for the Quest series Wings of War. I pop up several times in Episode 6 of Season 1 as ‘Matthew Willis, Naval Aviation Historian’. I think the programme has turned out pretty well – nice and accessible to people who don’t know a great deal about the subject, but informative and not dumbing down.

    The link to play the epside online is here https://www.questod.co.uk/show/wings-of-war/video/episode-6/EHD_195517B

    #2821
    Raine
    Participant

    ooh, hark at you, the hotshot expert!! πŸ™‚ Well done, Daeds, this is fabulous. Exciting to be a part of, I imagine?

    #2829
    JaneShuff
    Participant

    I can’t access it from France – what a shame!

    #2831
    Daedalus
    Participant

    Darn. It does seem to be UK only, I’m sorry to say

    #2839
    JaneShuff
    Participant

    πŸ™

    #2846
    Jules
    Participant

    I’m just watching it now. It’s brilliant. Well done, Daed 😁

    #2847
    RichardB
    Participant

    Well done indeed, Daeds. Authoritative, erudite and lucid. Once again you display that knack you have of making technical things clear to the layman.

    #2851
    Daedalus
    Participant

    Thanks all! This is my second TV credit, but the first was only for archive materials and this is definitely my first proper TV appearance. I don’t think I did too badly, though no doubt a lot of editing was required!

    #2853
    JaneShuff
    Participant

    I must remember to watch it next trip to the UK.

    #2854
    KazG
    Participant

    Yay! well done @daedalus!

    It won’t let me watch it either but I am sure you are engaging, knowledgeable and quietly authoritative πŸ™‚

    #2855
    Elle
    Participant

    Congratulations @daedalus!

    #2856
    RichardB
    Participant

    Spot on, Kaz. That’s exactly what he is.

    #2857
    John S Alty
    Participant

    Well done, Daeds, a star is born!

    #2860
    Philippa East
    Participant

    Fantastic!

    #2881
    Seagreen
    Participant

    Very impressive, Daeds πŸ™‚

    #2927
    JaneShuff
    Participant

    Just finished watching this. Daeds – you’re a star. The depth of your knowledge and your passion shine through. Plus I thought the programme was a quality production. It told the story in an interesting and engaging fashion, simply enough for someone with no knowledge like me to follow but without talking down and without the endless repetitions and tedious reconstructions with actors that seem to mar so many documentaries. A real pleasure to watch.

    #2929
    Daedalus
    Participant

    Thanks Jane, am blushing now! You’re very kind

    #2932
    Libby
    Participant

    I too really enjoyed this, Daeds. Thank you for sharing it. I’d never have found the programme otherwise, and it does cover some of the period of my WIP. The episode was really well paced and, as you say, didn’t talk down. I learned a lot and thought all the experts were well chosen – you most of all of course. I can find documentaries frustratingly slow. And I share Jane’s view that reconstructions generally don’t add anything much! But this programme was very good.

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    #2935
    Daedalus
    Participant

    Thanks Libby, that’s really nice of you. Glad you found it interesting and informative. I thought they struck the balance pretty well, and as you and Jane felt, did not overdo it with reconstructions. The little bits they did have (a snippet at the start of the Eugene Ely segment and some sailors running through corridors on a warship in the Bismarck segment) added a bit of excitement and did not detract. And yes, it was a good range of experts. I was surprised by how much of me they used, given they had several other ‘general’ naval and aviation experts. If there’s anything relevant to your WIP that I can help with, feel free to ask

    #2948
    Libby
    Participant

    That’s really kind of you Daeds. I’m OK at the moment but there could well be something as I still do bits of research as I draft. I promise not to bombard you. My story deals with flying before and during WW2 but I admit I’ve kept naval aviation at arm’s length as something I don’t need to include, at least not in any detail.

    You’ve already helped me with your breakdown of the movie. I looked up Coffman starters!

    #2955
    Daedalus
    Participant

    Good to know! Coffman starters are great. Basically using a shotgun cartridge to start an engine, minus the lead shot of course. I don’t just do naval aviation btw, my last nonfic was a biography of a RAF bomber pilot, flying instructor and test pilot before and during WW2. Any technical queries, feel free to ask

    #2957
    Thea
    Participant

    Well done, Daeds. Really impressive! I hope it leads to more programmes.

    #2964
    Libby
    Participant

    Thank you Daeds, I really appreciate it.

    I’ve found your nonfic book on the Amberley publishing site and will order a copy forthwith! It’s a while since I read a pilot biog or autobiog and am looking forward to learning about Duncan Menzies.

    #2973
    KazG
    Participant

    I’ve now watched this and it is brilliant. Quality programme, as others have said, and you shine, @daedalus. I was spot on (as @richardb said) when I said I bet you were ‘engaging, knowledgeable and quietly authoritative’, before I had a chance to see it…:-) Really well done! x

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