Title: Royal Marines Commando School
Studio: Channel 4
TV Date: 14 July 2014 (over 8-weeks)
Run Time: 8 x 1-hourly programmes
Synopsis: The documentary charts the progress of a group of Royal Marines recruits during their 32-weeks of training.
Studio: DD Home Entertainment
VHS Release Date: 20 May 2002
Run Time: 180 minutes
Synopsis: All seven episodes from the BBC documentary series looking at the selection and training procedures used by Britain’s Parachute Regiment. The series begins with 41 recruits who each hope to make it into the elite fighting force, but over the following episodes the number is gradually wittled down to the 16 who will eventually succeed. Produced during 1982, the filming covers the outbreak of the Falklands War.
VHS Release Date: 20 Sep 1999
Run Time: 82 minutes
Synopsis: The Paras were formed by Winston Churchill as an elite fighting regiment, and served with distinction in WWII battles like Sicily, Normandy and Arnhem. This video charts their history through archive film and specialist research by the War Studies Department at Sandhurst, paying tribute to their service in conflicts from WWII to the Falklands.
Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2008
Run Time: ? minutes
Synopsis: In Commando – On The Front Line, director Chris Terrill embarks on a courageous 12-month journey to Afghanistan alongside Britain’s most elite front line troops–the Royal Marine Commandos. A division of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marine Commando directs the most physically and mentally challenging training regime of any military contingent in the United Kingdom, and only the cream of the crop gets through. This eight-episode series provides fascinating insight into the experiences of the 50 new recruits of 924 Troop–following the “Bootnecks” through their hardcore eight-month training period, right up to their arrival on the front line and first moments wearing the illustrious green berets in combat. The transformation of the young men is incredible, as is the footage obtained by Terrill, who got involved side-by-side with the boys at every step of the way.
Studio: Simply Media
DVD Release Date: 03 Nov 2008
Run Time: 52 minutes
Synopsis: Documentary profile of the Royal Marine Commandos, who undergo one of the longest training courses in the world, to emerge as the ultimate fast reaction force.