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The Galaxy Britain Built: Droids, Darth Vader and Lightsabers

Documentary celebrating the British contribution to the original Star Wars films. David Whiteley uncovers never-before-heard stories from the geniuses who helped build the galaxy.

The Galaxy Britain Built celebrates the British contribution to the original Star Wars.

Presenter and Star Wars fan David Whiteley uncovers some never-before-heard stories from the geniuses who helped build the galaxy, from the costume designer and art director to the man who made the lightsaber. It was a time when science fiction films were not box office draws, and very few people in the industry believed in George Lucas's vision. But his first Star Wars film ended up being a very British endeavour.

The programme documents the behind-the-scenes talent that helped bring the galaxy to life in the late 1970s. It also looks at how the British talent continues to be part of the Star Wars legacy to the present day.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 21 Dec 2017 22:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:41

    Remi Chaudagne, David Starck

    La Croisette

The blockbuster made in Borehamwood

The blockbuster made in Borehamwood
The Last Jedi is released on Friday - 40 years after Star Wars fever first came to Britain. 

But the original film would never have been made without a British studio and host of talented artists and technicians.

The Galaxy Britain Built tracked down these filmmakers to get their stories, revealing how they drew on all their ingenuity to bring George Lucas's vision to life in the face of a tight schedule and even tighter budget.

Read the full story on the BBC News website

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter David Whiteley
Executive Producer Diana Hare

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