Al Murray’s Road to Berlin

Al Murrays Road to Berlin

Al Murray's Road to Berlin

Most people probably know him as his Pub Landlord Character from ITV’s happy hour. I’m a big fan, I’ve seen his live show and met the guy. But out of character Al Murray is in fact a History Graduate from the University of Oxford. Even more interestingly, he is fluent in both French and German – not sure what the Pub Landlord would say about that!

A few years ago Al released a History series, entitled ‘Al Murray’s road to Berlin’. It follows the campaign to liberate Europe, from just before D-Day to VE Day in May 1945. Its a very well produced programme, originally screened on the Discovery channel and available on DVD. Finally, some kind of documentary on WW2, presented by someone with a good background in History, but also with the common touch!

Al travels from Portsmouth, across to Normandy, through France and Belgium and Holland, jumps into Arnhem to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, and finally goes on to Berlin. He drives around the battlefield sites in an original WW2 Willy’s Jeep, in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506 markings (Band of Brothers!).

What I really like, is that Al always interviews the normal people who took part in the battle, and doesnt wheel out Major-this or Colonel-that all the time, as some documentaries are prone to do. What is more interesting is that he is the son of a Lieutenant-Colonel, but you really wouldnt think so, which is very refreshing indeed. Aryeh Nusbacher was the Historical Consultant, who to be honest I’m not a fan of, but I reckon Al could have done it on his own anyway. I get the feeling that even if you didnt know much about WW2, you could still watch this and not find it too difficult to take it in, such is the accesible way that it is presented. A lot of so-called-Historians could watch this and take serious note.

I got this for my Birthday this year and its one of my favourite DVD’s. Heres hoping Al does some more History work eventually!

Click here to buy Al Murray’s Road to Berlin!

(l-r) Me, my brother, Al Murray

(l-r) Me, my brother, Al Murray

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36 responses to “Al Murray’s Road to Berlin

  1. Adrian Collier

    Yep, couldn’t agree more, you have hit the nail on the head. I can’t think of a better way to get close to this part of our history than driving the route he took in a jeep. Al has a clear flare for this and I hope he gets picked again for a follow up series. Like Michael Palin they have the ability to hold my attention and I end up enjoying the series and learning something at the same time. Brilliant.

    • James Daly

      Hi Adrian, thank you for your comment. I agree, I find Al to be a brilliant presenter, the charisma of a natural performer makes his programmes all the more gripping when compared to certain ‘celebrity historians’ who tend to bore me to tears! (no names mentioned…)

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