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The Galaxy Britain Built: The British Force Behind Star Wars

Superfan David Whiteley celebrates the unsung British heroes behind the first film in the Star Wars' franchise, 1977’s Star Wars.

Superfan David Whiteley celebrates the unsung British heroes behind the first film in the Star Wars’ franchise, 1977’s eponymously titled Star Wars.

The Star Wars saga ends with the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019. This documentary celebrates where it all began. It includes previously unheard stories from the people who made one of the most successful movies of all time, with additional interviews and previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage.

The presenter, Star Wars superfan David Whiteley, who has his own connection to the original film (he was born on May the 4th), tracks down the often modest British talent who brought the galaxy to life.

David explores the contribution of the London Symphony Orchestra and meets Ann Skinner, who was in charge of continuity. As well as seeing her original stills from the set, Ann reveals how she helped Sir Alec Guinness with one of the most famous speeches in Star Wars.

A must for Star Wars fans, this documentary also includes contributions from Star Wars producer, Gary Kurtz, and costume designer, John Mollo.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Mon 16 Dec 2019 21:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:37

    John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra

    The Death Star

  • 00:56

    John Williams & London Symphony Orchestra

    Binary Sunset

  • 01:03

    Remi Chaudagne, David Starck

    La Croisette

  • 00:56

    John Williams

    Starwars

  • 01:14

    Michael Giacchino (Tim Simonec)

    Your Father Would Be Proud

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter David Whiteley
Director Matt Wildash
Executive Producer Diana Hare

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