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The Machine Gunners 

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 ... See full summary »
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Shaun Taylor Shaun Taylor ...  Chas McGill 6 episodes, 1983
Debbie Breen Debbie Breen ...  Audrey Parton 6 episodes, 1983
Tony Saint Tony Saint ...  Cem Jones 6 episodes, 1983
Alastair Craig Alastair Craig ...  Nicky Nichol 6 episodes, 1983
Andrew Craig Andrew Craig ...  Clogger Duncan 6 episodes, 1983
John Gannie John Gannie ...  Sergeant Green 6 episodes, 1983
Harry Herring Harry Herring ...  Stan Liddell 6 episodes, 1983
Pauline Moriarty Pauline Moriarty ...  Mrs. McGill 6 episodes, 1983
Les Wilde Les Wilde ...  Mr. McGill 6 episodes, 1983
Adrian Dawson Adrian Dawson ...  Carrot Juice 5 episodes, 1983
Lyn Douglas Lyn Douglas ...  Nana McGill 5 episodes, 1983
Michael Mould Michael Mould ...  Fatty Hardy 5 episodes, 1983
Raymond Pattison Raymond Pattison ...  Boddser Brown 4 episodes, 1983
Jürgen Andersen Jürgen Andersen ...  Rudi Gerlath 3 episodes, 1983
Paul Butcher Paul Butcher ...  Colin Spalding 3 episodes, 1983
Arthur Davies Arthur Davies ...  Sandy Sanderson 3 episodes, 1983
Dick Irwin Dick Irwin ...  Grandad McGill 3 episodes, 1983
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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 school scenes were shot at Westoe Comprehensive School South Shields. See more »

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Where you going now?
10 July 2006 | by nickjstoneSee all my reviews

'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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23 February 1983 (UK) See more »

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