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Hollywood producer Edgar Peterson asked Patrick Macnee to produce the British end of the project. At first Macnee only served as the head of the London production staff and conducted interviews with various military people who had worked with Churchill. But when Peterson was fired, Macnee suddenly found himself in charge and was tasked to hire a new director. Patrick immediately contacted his next door neighbor, John Schlesinger. Macnee left the production when he was offered to co-star in The Avengers (1961) and a pay rise from 50 pounds a week to 150 pounds. See more »
Winston Churchill - The Valiant Years ran on BBC TV from February 11th to August 5th 1961, in fact it was repeated while it was still running in its first broadcast. There was also a selection of repeats in 1965, after Churchill's death. What has stuck most of all in my mind is the theme music (composed by Richard Rogers) - not just the title theme, so much so that I searched for the LP and obtained it only recently. I also recall the commentary by Gary Merrill, which seemed to add impact to the image. Richard Burton was well cast as the voice of Churchill. I am surprised that there has never been any attempt to repeat not even one of that series - or perhaps put it on DVD. Some might say that the content is now dated, but that could be said of any history, and this was perhaps one of the best portrayals, if not the classic portrayal, of Churchill's war years. I am sure the content of the series would stand the test of time if given a chance.
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