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Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky

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Eddie Izzard stars in this funny, moving and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to the Second World War. On 26 February 1935, Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them. By the time the war began in 1939, radar stations were dotted along the British coast, tracking aircraft at distances of 100 miles away. It was this invention – more than any other – that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain. This drama follows those early years as Robert Watson-Watt and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously, from the highs and lows, to the battles for funding and the political wrangling, before getting a final taste of victory.

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Eddie Izzard stars in this funny, moving and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to the Second World War. On 26 February 1935, Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them. By the time the war began in 1939, radar stations were dotted along the British coast, tracking aircraft at distances of 100 miles away. It was this invention – more than any other – that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain. This drama follows those early years as Robert Watson-Watt and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously, from the highs and lows, to the battles for funding and the political wrangling, before getting a final taste of victory.

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Eddie Izzard stars in this funny, moving and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to the Second World War.

On 26th February 1935, Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them.

By the time the war began in 1939, radar stations were dotted along the British coast, tracking aircraft at distances of 100 miles away. It was this invention – more than any other – that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain.

But getting to this stage was a battle in itself.

This drama follows those early years as Robert Watson- Watt, a lowly weather man, and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously.

Starting with the early days when Watson-Watt approached the Ministry of Defence with his idea, the film moves through the highs and lows of radar’s development, from the battles for funding and the political wrangling to the long- awaited moments of success.

Full of humour and emotion, Castles in the Sky brings to life the genuine human drama behind an invention which ultimately helped to save Britain in the Second World War.

. Starring Eddie Izzard (The Good Wife), Alex Jennings (The Queen), David Hayman (The Paradise), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Karl Davies (The Syndicate), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill)
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Format: DVD
Run Time: 90 minutes
Region: Region 1
Cast: Starring Eddie Izzard (The Good Wife), Alex Jennings (The Queen), David Hayman (The Paradise), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Karl Davies (The Syndicate), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill)
Editorial Reviews: “a rousing patriotic story” –The Guardian <br>“Castles in the Sky is a fittingly emotional and rousing tribute to a group of men who deserve to be revered and remembered for their daring and dogged actions.” –Digital Spy <br>“This was history that everybody should know” –The Telegraph
ISBN: 883929488278
Number of Discs: 1 Disc
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Great Movie.
A little over dramatic but a great movie worth watching. After watching movie read biography of the 'father of radar'
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Review by corky; new jersey (Posted on 3/21/2016)
Great movie - terrible so
This movie was terrific. The sets, cast, clothes, everything, but the sound that was supposed to be incidental in the background was in the "foreground" and overpowered MUCH of the dialog - a real shame ! My family watched this and everyone was astounded how a movie could be ruined by VERY LOUD, ever present music which drowned out most of the conversation. In the scenes where two people were talking in a low tone or confidentiality most of it, if not all, could not be heard. I suppose new directors think this practice must be done to add dynamics to a scene. It only ruins their efforts. I have about made up my mind not to buy ANY new BBC movies unless I can hear the sound before hand (how ? prey tell?) This is the third and last movie by the BBC I will purchase !!
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Review by JFC Lynchburh; Lynchburg,Virginia (Posted on 12/27/2015)
Excellent and well told
True story about the development of radar at the beginning of WWII.
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Review by speedgoat; Colorado, United States (Posted on 10/6/2015)