‘The Galaxy Britain Built: Droids, Darth Vader And Lightsabers’

Self-confessed Star Wars fan and BBC presenter David Whiteley has put together a documentary highlighting the work undertaken by UK based cinema crews and technicians during the making of Episode 4.

The Galaxy Britain Built is not due to air until Thursday 21st December 2017 at 22:00 (GMT) on BBC4, but a preview for the documentary aired for the first time on BBC Breakfast this morning. This is now available on the BBC website for UK based viewers.

The Galaxy Britain Built celebrates the British contribution to the original Star Wars.

Presenter and Star Wars fan David Whiteley uncovers some never-before-heard stories from the geniuses who helped build the galaxy, from the costume designer and art director to the man who made the lightsaber. It was a time when science fiction films were not box office draws, and very few people in the industry believed in George Lucas’s vision. But his first Star Wars film ended up being a very British endeavour.

The programme documents the behind-the-scenes talent that helped bring the galaxy to life in the late 1970s. It also looks at how the British talent continues to be part of the Star Wars legacy to the present day.

This looks to be an exciting program that will take us behind the scenes of Elstree Studios back in 1976.

There will also be a feature during Inside Out this Friday at 19:30 (GMT) which is hosted by David. Unfortunately, this is only available in the Cambridgeshire/East areas of the UK only, but we are hoping that this may available on the BBC iPlayer in the future.

Also on the BBC website is an article that accompanies the documentary about filming in the Boreham Wood area and Elstree Studios. This can be found by following this link.

Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.