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Spyship, TV Series, 1983 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Spionageschiff (Germany)
  • Spionskipet (Norway)
  • Spionskeppet (Sweden)

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dsl SX

2013-05-23 15:41

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Six part BBC TV series broadcast in late 1983 from novel of same name by Tom Keene and Brian Haynes Link to "www.amazon.co.uk" , which was inspired by the sinking of the Humber trawler Gaul in 1974 in mysterious circumstances http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FV_Gaul , although neither the book or the film claim to give any authentic explanation for the tragedy. Series released briefly on VHS, and then disappeared. Haunting intro theme tune by June Tabor, which apparently she hated and refused to agree to any re-issue of the song or the series. Some snippets on youtube - eg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8-_WekTTps . Filmed in Birmingham, Hull, Grimsby docks, London (all UK) and Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands (Norway - some helicopter shots only in ep1, and then extended sequences in eps 5 and 6).

Update - original source was VHS transfer so quality not great - updated March 2014 from new DVD release.

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cl82 DE

2013-05-23 22:30

@dsl: A propos shipwrecks: Did you know that this vessel carried a cargo of Marmite that is still lying around at the wrecksite? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Aeolian_Sky

dsl SX

2013-05-23 22:58

Excellent fact. I wonder what the local fish tastes like :) .

dsl SX

2014-03-17 22:47

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All entries and pictures now upgraded and a few new postings from DVD released Nov 2013 - the first proper release for nearly 30 years, and it's still a gripping story. Aspect ratio on DVD is odd format - claimed as 4:3 on case but looks too tall onscreen. 16:10 seems to give best results, but may be slightly flat on some ep1&2 captures.

Humber bridge:
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Intercity 125:
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Car park in ep4 if anyone wants to play games:
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Product placement?:
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dsl SX

2014-03-18 17:33

Revised plane captures from DVD for impdb - same planes/sequences as before - a couple of new captures for now visible detail. DVD cover in comment above

Ep1 - RAF Nimrod - probably stock footage. XV-235 registration now visible:
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Ep1 - Norwegian Sikorsky S-61A Sea King search/rescue helicopter; probably genuine Lofoten islands footage for film:
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Ep6 - Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee at Lofoten airport
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Eps 5&6 - 3 sequences at Lofoten airport of internal flights. De Havilland Canada DHC-7-100 Dash 7 - now confirmed as all the same plane LN-WFE:
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sixcyl FR

2014-03-24 22:33

Many Thanks to dsl, the page is better looking rignt now :king:
Link to "impdb.org"

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