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Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II. Full summary »
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Cast

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Neil Dudgeon ... 'Moggy' Cattermole (6 episodes, 1988)
George Anton ... 'Pip' Patterson (6 episodes, 1988)

Boyd Gaines ... Chris Hart (6 episodes, 1988)

Jeremy Northam ... 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (6 episodes, 1988)

Nathaniel Parker ... 'Flash' Gordon (6 episodes, 1988)
David Horovitch ... 'Uncle' Kellaway (6 episodes, 1988)

Richard Hope ... 'Skull' Skelton (6 episodes, 1988)

Michael Elwyn ... Air Commodore Bletchley (6 episodes, 1988)

Tom Burlinson ... 'Fanny' Barton (5 episodes, 1988)
Gerard O'Hare ... 'Flip' Moran (5 episodes, 1988)

Tim Woodward ... Squadron Leader Rex (4 episodes, 1988)
Patrick Bailey ... 'Mother' Cox (4 episodes, 1988)
Gordon Lovitt ... 'Sticky' Stickwell (4 episodes, 1988)
Helena Michell ... Mary (4 episodes, 1988)
Stephen MacKenna ... 'Micky' Marriott (3 episodes, 1988)
John Bleasdale ... L.A.C. Gullett (3 episodes, 1988)
Corinne Dacla ... Nicole (3 episodes, 1988)
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Series Directed by
Ian Toynton (6 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Leon Griffiths (6 episodes, 1988)
Derek Robinson (6 episodes, 1988)

Series Produced by
Linda Agran .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1988)
Andrew Holmes .... producer (6 episodes, 1988)

Adrian Bate .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Robert Eagle .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Peter Martin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Jessop (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Peter Wenham (6 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lynnette Cummin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Harvey .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Dougie Lankston .... props (6 episodes, 1988)
Paul Stephenson .... full size aircraft construction (6 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Sound Department
Colin Nicolson .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1988)

Colin Chapman .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Gerard McCann .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
David Brighton .... special effects replica spitfire technician (unknown episodes)
Martin Gaskell .... lead special effects technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Griffin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Geoff Mulligan .... aerial camera operator (6 episodes, 1988)
Tim Potter .... focus puller (6 episodes, 1988)

Steve Brooke Smith .... aerial camera assistant (unknown episodes)
Peter Versey .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Ray Hanna .... chief pilot (6 episodes, 1988)
Julie Robinson .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1988)

Walter Eichorn .... pilot: ME 109 (unknown episodes)
Nick Grace .... pilot: ME 109 (unknown episodes)
Jerry Grayson .... helicopter pilot (unknown episodes)
Stephen Grey .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
Reg Hallam .... pilot: ME 109 (unknown episodes)
Mark Hanna .... chief pilot (unknown episodes)
Peter Jarvis .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
Michael Malric-Smith .... helicopter pilot (unknown episodes)
Anita Mays .... pilot: B-25 (unknown episodes)
Hoof Proudfoot .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
John Romain .... pilot: Harvard (unknown episodes)
Carl Schofield .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
Brian Smith .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
Vernon Thorpe .... pilot: B-25 (unknown episodes)
John Watts .... pilot: Spitfire (unknown episodes)
 

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312 min
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UK:PG (original rating) (censored version) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut)

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Quotes:
[aerial scene]
'Fanny' Barton:Red two, where the hell are you going?
'Moggy' Cattermole:I thought I'd catch last orders... sorry 'Jester' leader.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Jolly good show!, 18 March 2007
Author: R. Hall from Canada

"Piece of Cake" is a top notch production, excellently adapted from one of my favorite books by Derek Robinson. The acting is superb, the score, set designs, locations and period detail create a wonderfully full viewing experience.

I first watched this show during its North American release in 1990 and promptly went out and bought the book. I since acquired the DVD set, and watch it a couple of times a year. Yes, there are some discrepancies with the book (such as the switch from Hurricanes to Spitfires) which are likely explained by budgetary and availability issues, and the aerial scenes may look a little dated by now. But despite these minor shortcomings, the series it not diminished in its quality.

Some detractors (elsewhere on this post) seem hung up on political correctness and 'fact'. Ignore their remarks. "Piece of Cake" is a rousing good story, based on historical circumstances and, as the author states: "Hornet squadron is fiction. The places where it was based do not exist. All the characters in the story are invented. Everything else is a authentic as I could make it." These detractors obviously don't know the difference between documentaries and entertainment. We all know that "Bridge on the River Kwai", "Patton", "Apocalypse Now" and "M*A*S*H" were not representative of typical military 'behavior', but they all stand as excellent films by any standard.

If you want to watch cold hard fact, watch the documentary series "World at War". If you want something to help put a human face behind the horror and the terror of war, watch "Piece of Cake".

Apologies for the digression. Ten out of ten for "Piece of Cake".

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