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BRINY QUASI-SOAP set aboard pretend HMS Hero, drifting through schedules and seven seas under the bristling helm of Commander Nialls (DONALD BURTON), and Lt. Commanders Beaumont (DAVID SAVILE) and Kiley (JOHN LEE). “Special relationship” with real Royal Navy meant occasional stock film footage of, er, random frigates interspersed proudly wooden studio-bound action in cabin, bridge and mess. Non-coms rarely got limelight; this was strict officer-only territory, devoting much hackneyed bluffery and lip-trembling to the resolution of nuclear attacks and fishing permits.

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