Warship

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Warship was a drama series 'launched' by BBC Television in the summer of 1973 about the adventures of the Royal Navy Leander Class Frigate HMS Hero. Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Navy and the BBC, it also had a very strong documentary background due to extensive location footage shot onboard the real-life HMS Phoebe. The series took as its central premise the lives and duties and explored the rigours and hardships faced by seamen on tours of duty across the globe. The stories of those serving on board were designed to reflect the changing nature of the Royal Navy in the early 1970s. The primary focus for most stories was on the Captain and his fellow officers, only occasionally exploring the lower decks to portray storylines featuring the other ranks. Storylines either featured a variety of crises at sea (smuggling, the evacuation of British nationals from war-torn locales, gun-running etc.) or would feature the personal stories of officers and other ranks (romantic or otherwise) and the impact these personal issues had on their professional lives and duties. HMS Hero was captained by three diverse officers throughout the life of the series: Donald Burton as Commander Mark Nialls, a high-flying young officer, (in the first two seasons), Bryan Marshall as Commander Glenn, former naval pilot, (for the third season) and Derek Godfrey as Captain Edward Kelvin Holt, former submariner, (in the fourth and final season). During the course of the series, five Leander class frigates played the role of HMS Hero; for continuity, all were repainted with the pennant number F42 of the main warship used for filming, HMS Phoebe. The others were HMS Dido, HMS Danae, HMS Hermione and HMS Jupiter. All the crews of these ships were given Hero identity markings for filming purposes. The name Hero, like the rest of the Leander class, is named after a figure of mythology.moreless
John Lee

John Lee

Lieutenant Commander Kiley

James Cosmo

James Cosmo

Lieutenant Reg Fuller

Norman Eshley

Norman Eshley

Lieutenant Last

Derek Godfrey

Derek Godfrey

Captain Edward Kelvin Holt

Andrew Burt

Andrew Burt

Lieutenant Paul Peek

Bryan Marshall

Bryan Marshall

Commander Glenn

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