Watch “The Kiwi who saved Britain” on TV1, 25 April.

Watch “The Kiwi who saved Britain” on TV1 from 5.00 to 6.00 pm on Sunday 25 April 2010. This is part of the ANZAC day commemorations.

This is the dramatised story of New Zealander Keith Park who led the RAF into battle against Hitler’s Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.  He is one of New Zealand’s greatest heroes, but one who is barely known here.

The TV programme includes an interview with Stephen Bungay, author of “The most dangerous enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain“. The title is interesting as the reference to “most dangerous enemy” is not what an English-speaking reader might expect.  It comes from a quote by a German colonel who was describing the British.

Amongst other things, Stephen’s book was the inspiration for the campaign to have a statue of Sir Keith Park erected in Trafalgar Square in London.

I refer the author as Stephen as we have known each other for 35 years. We met at Freiburg University in Germany when we were on the same German scholarship programme for a most enjoyable year.  I have not seen any preview of the programme, but Stephen has appeared in a number of TV programmes in Britain. He is a font of knowledge about the Battle of Britain and also a very entertaining presenter.  You will not be disappointed!


  1. I will be watching with interest. I know a little bit about Sir Keith Park; I do agree with you. We as a nation do not know enough about this man and his role in our recent history.

    1. The programme showed just what a pivotal role Keith Park played.

      There is an interesting lesson for people in business today. It is all well and good to be “customer facing” but do watch your back as your biggest threat may come from your colleagues.

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