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Dibble
28th April 03, 12:36 PM
Has anyone seen this? Apparently, pbs has tried to recreate historically correct 'warrior' experiences, from the training and battles right down to the underwear. Haven't seen it yet. But would like to know if anyone else has and what they think.

Tuesdays starting May 6, 2003 at 9pm ET (check local listings)

Find out if four groups of British and American soldiers, policemen and, yes, the odd polo player and archaeologist are up to the task of fighting as knights, Vikings, Roman soldiers and gladiators in WARRIOR CHALLENGE. This four-part "hands-on-history" series challenges participants to find parallels between their modern skill sets and those necessary for success as ancient warriors -- with surprising results.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/warriorchallenge/

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JKDChick
28th April 03, 02:49 PM
Of course, the problem in re-creating a "true" battle experience is no one has to die for real. I mean, I doubt they're going to recreate the river swimming auxiliaries hamstringing all the Briton's horses before the battle to prevent chariot charges.

That being said, I intend to watch this avidly, drinking beer and possibly shouting at the screen when they screw-up.

My bestest friend and I, out last fight (came close to getting physical) was over the historical accuracy of "Gladiator".

Shadowy Figure: "Principal Scudworth, that riot was unacceptable."
Principal Scudworth: "Unacceptable? Did you see the pool? They FLIPPED the bitch!"
-- Clone High

Boyd
28th April 03, 03:01 PM
Of course, the problem in re-creating a "true" battle experience is no one has to die for real.

...or do they?

HEY! YOUR WIFE IS UGLIER THAN ANY UGLY PIG!!!

Edited by - boyd on April 28 2003 15:01:38

Dibble
28th April 03, 03:22 PM
An article on this (I guess the first airing will be in the U.S. of A),

http://www.thirteen.org/pressroom/warrior/press_release.html

ARMED, ARMORED AND DANGEROUS! THIS SPRING, THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK'S WARRIOR CHALLENGE DARES A GROUP OF MARINES, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, POLICE OFFICERS, AND ATHLETES TO LIVE -- AND BATTLE -- LIKE ANCIENT ROMANS, VIKINGS, KNIGHTS, AND GLADIATORS

They may be tough enough for some of today's most demanding jobs, but will a group of marines, U.S. air force personnel, riot police, and athletes survive a few days in the worlds of long-lost warriors? Thirteen/WNET New York finds out this spring in WARRIOR CHALLENGE, a light-hearted new approach to "hands-on history," the genre made popular by series like THE 1900 HOUSE and FRONTIER HOUSE.

In four episodes scheduled to premiere Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27 on PBS (check local listings), intrepid British and American volunteers travel back in time to live, train, and fight like knights in a medieval castle, centurions along a Roman Empire outpost, Vikings, and gladiators. Throughout its duration, WARRIOR CHALLENGE adheres to the historic details of these eras, accurately simulating the customs and activities particular to each one. The program follows participants as they engage in combat drills, don their very best armor, exhaust themselves during rigorous athletic tasks, learn to handle an arsenal of weapons with hard-to-pronounce names and the potential to do some serious bodily harm, feast on traditional gruel, and party into the wee hours of the night at a Scandinavian jarl. Each installment culminates with an authentic competition, during which the "warriors" duke it out using pilums, scramsaexes, halberds, tridents, and the like.

"One of the best things about WARRIOR CHALLENGE is the way it's as amusing as it is educational," said Beth Hoppe, the series' executive producer. "The re-creations of bygone environs and traditions are valuable history lessons, but the overall package is really entertaining."

WARRIOR CHALLENGE kicks off May 6th with "Romans," during which eight volunteers get a taste of what it meant to be a soldier of the great empire. They'll carry 60-pound kits during demanding training exercises and learn to master a bewildering array of swords, javelins, pilums, and the backhanded tricks integral to Roman warfare. It's quite an ordeal, but they will have time for some R & R in a traditional Roman bath.

On May 13th, the series travels back to the "day of the knight," where, as new squires at a castle, a mounted policeman and a polo player learn the fine arts of dueling, swordplay, and wearing armor. Falcons carry their secret messages, arrows pierce apples (and other stuff), and coats of arms are chosen. During a dramatic joust, each tries to shatter his opponent's lance while remaining upright -- and not uptight.

"Vikings" airs on May 20th and chronicles the experience of a squad of Marines and police officers as they pit their skills against life in the Dark Ages. They'll train hard by day, then chow down on traditional Viking fare and fresh-brewed mead by night. Eventually, defensive shield walls and longboats come into play; who'll get a better grip on Viking scramsaexes, shortswords, and axes, the British or the Americans?

The last of the four episodes, "Gladiators," airs May 27th and offers a journey to a different Roman world, one in which combatants duel before a live audience rather than defend their country. WARRIOR CHALLENGE places Royal Marines in a gladiators' oval, where they'll receive basic training in the science of gladiator combat, from shield-fighting to the wielding of tridents and nets, and face one another in an epic battle that will test the limits of their physical endurance.

WARRIOR CHALLENGE is a Shine production for Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel 5 (U.K.).


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