Castles in the Sky

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  • Eddie Izzard stars in this funny, moving and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to the Second World War. On 26 February 1935, Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them. By the time the war began in 1939, radar stations were dotted along the British coast, tracking aircraft at distances of 100 miles away. It was this invention – more than any other – that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain. This drama follows those early years as Robert Watson-Watt and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously, from the highs and lows, to the battles for funding and the political wrangling, before getting a final taste of victory.

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    Eddie Izzard stars in this funny, moving and inspiring factual drama about the pioneering work on radar by a little known team of scientists in the run up to the Second World War.

    On 26th February 1935, Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated for the first time that aircraft could be detected by bouncing radio waves off them.

    By the time the war began in 1939, radar stations were dotted along the British coast, tracking aircraft at distances of 100 miles away. It was this invention – more than any other – that saved the RAF in the 1940 Battle of Britain.

    But getting to this stage was a battle in itself.

    This drama follows those early years as Robert Watson- Watt, a lowly weather man, and his team of scientists worked tirelessly to see their invention taken seriously.

    Starting with the early days when Watson-Watt approached the Ministry of Defence with his idea, the film moves through the highs and lows of radar’s development, from the battles for funding and the political wrangling to the long- awaited moments of success.

    Full of humour and emotion, Castles in the Sky brings to life the genuine human drama behind an invention which ultimately helped to save Britain in the Second World War.

    . Starring Eddie Izzard (The Good Wife), Alex Jennings (The Queen), David Hayman (The Paradise), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Karl Davies (The Syndicate), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill)