The story is set during the Second World War and deals with a group of children living in the North East of England in a town called Garmouth regularly suffering from bomb attacks by the ...
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The story is set during the Second World War and deals with a group of children living in the North East of England in a town called Garmouth regularly suffering from bomb attacks by the German forces. One of the children raids a German aircraft that crashed in the area and takes a fully operational machine gun, intending to set up their own fortress. They fire the gun at a German plane, missing it but forcing it to crash-land; the gang befriend the pilot, not knowing that they had caused him to crash. The plot reflects the terrors, paranoias and anxieties which were part of 1940s Britain.
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'The Machine Gunners' told the tale of a group of wartime teenagers and their adventures with, yes you've guessed it, a machine gun! As a young lad, I enjoyed the making camps, firing guns, fighting, soldiers and warplanes elements that the title suggested. However, the programme had far greater depths, and tackled such diverse topics as bullying, bereavement, disability, camaraderie and teenage angst, set against a backdrop of WWII Newcastle. Think 'Byker Grove' meets 'Hope and Glory.' Thanks IMDb for showing that the director was involved in spooky but quality BBC kids drams such as 'Children of Green Knowe,' 'Moondial,' 'Dark Season' and 'Century Falls' (the latter two both written by the guy who regenerated Doctor Who).
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