Alexander Armstrong looks at the origins of Major James Bigglesworth and how this character contrasts with that of his creator, W.E. Johns. He considers whether some of the Biggles stories, with their perceived imperialist and alleged racist content, are still acceptable reading in public libraries and schools today.
Sci-fi adventure. A New York businessman is dragged back in time to 1917. There he meets his "time-twin", flying ace Biggles, and they attempt to destroy a German weapon. James "Biggles"Bigglesworth NEIL DICKSON.
Jim Ferguson ALEX HYDE-WHITE , Debbie Stevens FIONA HUTCHISON
.Colonel Raymond PETER CUSHING
Director John Hough (1986) Stereo * FILM REVIEWS pages 53-58
First showing on network television. Starring Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White, Fiona Hutchison
New York businessman Jim Ferguson has a strange problem - he keeps flying back in time to the Western Front in 1917! There he meets his 'time-twin' RFC flying ace James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth, and together they embark on a thrilling and dangerous adventure.
FILMS: pages 39-47
High-flying adventure starring Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White
New York businessman Jim Ferguson is dragged back in time and space to the Western Front in 1917. There he meets his "time-twin", flying ace Biggles, and together they embark on a dangerous mission.
Director John Hough
â STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p888 FILMS: pages 41-65
Next week is the centenary of the birth of Captain W.E. Johns. His finest creation was Major James Bigglesworth, DSO, MC, but where is Biggles now? Martin Wainwright goes in search of the man within the myth. (Stereo)
Major James Bigglesworth, DSO, MC, teenage fighter pilot, flying policeman and boyhood hero, is back - or rather, still here. His creator, W E Johns, was a more enigmatic figure, whose life experience in some ways matched that of his hero. So who was Biggles? Martin Wainwright goes in search of the man. Producer Neil Trevithick
Adventure yarn starring Neil Dickson
A young American is dragged back in time to the First World
War, where he meets ace flier Biggles. With Fiona Hutchinson , Peter Cushing , Marcus Gilbert. Director John Hough (1986)
(Postponed from 9 June)
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