History UsefulNotes / TheChannelIslands

26th Feb '18 5:55:39 AM Deadlock
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Most of the fiction (and indeed non-fiction) involving the Channel Islands also involves the Second World War. There have been several documentaries on how people coped during the occupation, and several books dealing with the factual details of the occupation or stories of peoples' experiences of that time. An exception to this is the 1980s crime series ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'', set on Jersey. Also, the British writer Creator/JohnChristopher seems to have a fondness for the islands; at least two of his CosyCatastrophe novels (''Wrinkle in the Skin'' and ''The World in Winter'') have some of their action centered there.

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Most of the fiction (and indeed non-fiction) involving the Channel Islands also involves the Second World War. There have been several documentaries on how people coped during the occupation, and several books dealing with the factual details of the occupation or stories of peoples' experiences of that time. An exception to this is the 1980s crime series ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'', set on Jersey. Also, the British writer Creator/JohnChristopher seems to have had a fondness for the islands; islands (having lived on Guernsey for a time); at least two three of his CosyCatastrophe novels (''Wrinkle in the Skin'' and Skin'', ''The World in Winter'') Winter'' and ''When the Tripods Came'') have some of their action centered there.
25th Feb '18 12:43:03 AM Wariolander
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The Channel Isles: Jersey (no, not UsefulNotes/NewJersey - think of it as this island's [[MorePopularSpinoff More Populous Spinoff]]), Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Also, Herm,]] which is small enough to be lumped in with Guernsey. These are British "Crown Dependencies", despite the fact that they are much closer to France.

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The Channel Isles: Jersey UsefulNotes/{{Jersey}} (no, not UsefulNotes/NewJersey - think of it as this island's [[MorePopularSpinoff More Populous Spinoff]]), Guernsey, UsefulNotes/{{Guernsey}}, Alderney and Sark. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Also, Herm,]] which is small enough to be lumped in with Guernsey. These are British "Crown Dependencies", despite the fact that they are much closer to France.
6th Jan '18 8:35:25 PM nombretomado
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The Channel Islands also have the smallest {{ITV}} franchise, Channel Television. Until 2011, Channel was the only ITV franchisee not otherwise folded into a bigger media group (ITV plc, UTV or STV), since having been folded into ITV plc. Historically it occupied an odd place, being borderline unsustainable due to the ridiculously tiny viewership, and often escaping many of the worst strikes to hit the ITV network on the basis that any withdrawal of labour would cause the station to go under. In recent years it has been used mainly as a contractor for the other ITV companies to check through their programmes to ensure they comply with Ofcom regulations (and, handily, receive the blame if they don't do a thorough enough job.)

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The Channel Islands also have the smallest {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} franchise, Channel Television. Until 2011, Channel was the only ITV franchisee not otherwise folded into a bigger media group (ITV plc, UTV or STV), since having been folded into ITV plc. Historically it occupied an odd place, being borderline unsustainable due to the ridiculously tiny viewership, and often escaping many of the worst strikes to hit the ITV network on the basis that any withdrawal of labour would cause the station to go under. In recent years it has been used mainly as a contractor for the other ITV companies to check through their programmes to ensure they comply with Ofcom regulations (and, handily, receive the blame if they don't do a thorough enough job.)
10th Dec '17 8:20:17 PM bjex
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*''Podcast/WoodenOvercoats'' is a BritCom podcast that takes place on the fictional island of Piffling, and involves the only village's only undertaker suddenly getting competition, and not liking it one little bit.
7th Sep '17 4:18:41 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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You see, this dates from back in the days when the Kingdom of England was just one small part of a large Empire ruled by an ambitious French family, the Plantagenets (a.k.a. the Angevins).[[note]]Besides being the King of England, the head of the family was [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Count of Anjou, Count of Poitou, Count of Maine, Count of Touraine, Count of Saintonge, Count of Marche, Count of Perigord, Count of Limousin, Count of Nantes, and Count of Quercy]], and had influence over the Duke of Brittany, the Duke of Cornwall, the King of Scotland, and the various petty principalities of Wales.[[/note]] The French king didn't like the fact that one of his vassals owned more land than he did, so they went to war (UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar... and several other wars). Eventually, the rulers of England lost all of their French territories except for the Channel Islands. [[BlatantLies And after that, the French and the English lived happily ever after and never quarrelled over anything ever again]].

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You see, this dates from back in the days when the Kingdom of England was just one small part of a large Empire ruled by an ambitious French family, the Plantagenets (a.k.a. the Angevins).[[note]]Besides being the King of England, the head of the family was [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Count of Anjou, Count of Poitou, Count of Maine, Count of Touraine, Count of Saintonge, Count of Marche, Count of Perigord, Count of Limousin, Count of Nantes, and Count of Quercy]], and had influence over the Duke of Brittany, the Duke of Cornwall, the King of Scotland, and the various petty principalities of Wales.[[/note]] The French king didn't like the fact that one of his vassals owned more land than he did, so they went to war (UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar... and several other wars). Eventually, the rulers of England lost all of their French territories except for the Channel Islands. [[BlatantLies [[SarcasmMode And after that, the French and the English lived happily ever after and never quarrelled quarreled over anything ever again]].
10th Apr '17 9:02:07 AM kenyastarflight
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* The 2008 historical fiction novel ''The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (the latter finished the book's revision after [[AuthorExistenceFailure Shaffer passed away]]), which is [[EpistolaryNovel made up of correspondence between a London author and the natives of the island of Guernsey]], who started a book club to boost morale during the German occupation.
20th Feb '17 5:33:31 PM nombretomado
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Between 2002 and 2008 the Barclay Brothers[[note]]Reclusive billionaires, owners of one of Britain's largest catalogue companies and [[BritishNewspapers the Daily Telegraph.]][[/note]] attempted to take over the island of Sark and rule it as their Fortress of Solitude, as covered in ''PrivateEye''. They did this by getting the old feudal system abolished and thus bringing democracy to the island for the first time. However, the islanders promptly voted (in 2008) for whoever the Barclays didn't want.

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Between 2002 and 2008 the Barclay Brothers[[note]]Reclusive billionaires, owners of one of Britain's largest catalogue companies and [[BritishNewspapers the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Telegraph.]][[/note]] Telegraph]]''.[[/note]] attempted to take over the island of Sark and rule it as their Fortress of Solitude, as covered in ''PrivateEye''. They did this by getting the old feudal system abolished and thus bringing democracy to the island for the first time. However, the islanders promptly voted (in 2008) for whoever the Barclays didn't want.
3rd Oct '16 7:05:35 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'' of course.

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* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' is a 1970s historical drama series set in the Channel Islands during the German occupation. The focus is on Guernsey, with one episode on Sark, although most of the location filming was actually done on Jersey.
* ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'' of course.is a 1980s crime series featuring John Nettles as Jim Bergerac, a detective in the Jersey police force.
23rd Jul '16 1:10:00 PM Shamrock95
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The Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. They were so heavily fortified that the Allies never attempted to recapture them; they were only liberated days after VE day. The occupation was harsh, but probably no worse than many other places under Nazi occupation, there was a small-scale resistance movement, and there was a daring British commando raid on Sark. The islands were ecstatically pleased to be liberated and that their evacuees could finally come home, and Liberation Day (or Homecoming Day) is a national holiday[[note]]Oddly, the official German stance was that the Islands were merely under German administration in the name of King George VI. After the liberation, some of the men jailed by the Germans under the occupation were sent to Winchester prison to complete their sentences.[[/note]].

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The Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. They were so heavily fortified that the Allies never attempted to recapture them; they were only liberated days after VE day. The occupation was harsh, but probably no worse than many other places under Nazi occupation, there occupation. There was a small-scale resistance movement, and there was a daring British commando raid on Sark. The islands were ecstatically pleased to be liberated and that their evacuees could finally come home, and Liberation Day (or Homecoming Day) is a national holiday[[note]]Oddly, the official German stance was that the Islands were merely under German administration in the name of King George VI. After the liberation, some of the men jailed by the Germans under the occupation were sent to Winchester prison to complete their sentences.[[/note]].
17th May '16 2:24:35 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Today the islands are still littered with the remains of German fortifications, and there's at least one very good War Museum if you are into that sort of thing. The islands are also popular with tourists who like to hog the beaches (although a lot less than they used to be) and popular with anyone who wants to avoid paying taxes. The islands don't pay any value-added tax on cheap items (under £20) imported or exported there either, so online CD and DVD retailers have made a killing by locating their offices there. However, this looks set to change with the closure of the UK VAT loophole from 1st April 2012, in order to provide a level playing field for UK-based retailers. In addition, Jersey also contains a Nigel Mansell museum... above the Mitsubishi dealership rn by his son.

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Today the islands are still littered with the remains of German fortifications, and there's at least one very good War Museum if you are into that sort of thing. The islands are also popular with tourists who like to hog the beaches (although a lot less than they used to be) and popular with anyone who wants to avoid paying taxes. The islands don't pay any value-added tax on cheap items (under £20) imported or exported there either, so online CD and DVD retailers have made a killing by locating their offices there. However, this looks set to change with the closure of the UK VAT loophole from 1st April 2012, in order to provide a level playing field for UK-based retailers. In addition, Jersey also contains a Nigel Mansell museum... above the Mitsubishi dealership rn run by his son.
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