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 »
never to be forgotten
Television in the 1950s was full of WW2 documentaries. Growing up in that decade, I do not remember learning about most of the major events of that war for the first time--I saw so many of these documentaries that I always seemed to know them.
The Valiant Years was one of the last and one of the very best. I must have been 10 years old when it was broadcast in the US, but I have never forgotten it. Every few years, I check to see if it is available here or from the UK, but it never is, which is a great shame.
I wonder if it is even preserved somewhere in the original film format? Does anyone know? Does anyone know who owns the rights? I recall that it was a joint production of the BBC and ABC (American).
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