Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II.








Series cast summary:
...  'Moggy' Cattermole 6 episodes, 1988
George Anton ...  'Pip' Patterson 6 episodes, 1988
...  Chris Hart 6 episodes, 1988
...  'Fitz' Fitzgerald 6 episodes, 1988
...  'Flash' Gordon 6 episodes, 1988
...  'Uncle' Kellaway 6 episodes, 1988
...  'Skull' Skelton 6 episodes, 1988
...  Air Commodore Bletchley 6 episodes, 1988
...  'Fanny' Barton 5 episodes, 1988
Gerard O'Hare ...  'Flip' Moran 5 episodes, 1988
...  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
...  'Micky' Marriott 3 episodes, 1988
John Bleasdale ...  L.A.C. Gullett 3 episodes, 1988
Corinne Dacla ...  Nicole 3 episodes, 1988
Tom Radcliffe ...  'Dicky' Starr 2 episodes, 1988
Julian Gartside ...  'Amanda' Steele-Stebbing 2 episodes, 1988
...  'Moke' Miller 2 episodes, 1988
Tomasz Borkowy ...  'Zaddy' Zardarnowski 2 episodes, 1988
Jason Calder ...  Pilot Officer Trevelyan 2 episodes, 1988
Ned Vukovic ...  'Haddy' Haducek 2 episodes, 1988
Simon Adams ...  'Bing' MacFarlane 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Hague ...  Corporal 2 episodes, 1988
Daniel André Pageon ...  Henri 2 episodes, 1988


The lives and loves of the men of RAF Hornet Squadron who are transferred to France at the outbreak of World Wat II in September 1939. For the most part the men are competent fliers but there is little action in the first several months. The men wile away their time with some engaging in dangerous stunts while others woo some of the local lasses. The phony war comes to an end in April 1940 and the Battle of Britain begins. By September that year, few of them are left and despite their success, few see themselves as heroes. Written by garykmcd

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2 October 1988 (UK)  »

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All of the Spitfires used had propellers that had 4 blades. During the Battle of Britain (when this series takes place), Spitfires used propellers that had only 3 blades. See more »


'Skull' Skelton: They used to say women and children first.
'Moggy' Cattermole: Did they? But they can't fly Spitfires, can they?
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Jolly good show!
18 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

"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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