Blott on the Landscape

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Blott on the Landscape
Blott on the Landscape DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel BBC
Creator Roger Bamford
Tom Sharpe
Genre Comedy
Broadcast 1985
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 6
Main Cast
Character Actor
Blott David Suchet
Lady Maud Lynchwood Geraldine James
Sir Giles Lynchwood George Cole
Dundridge Simon Cadell
Mrs Forthby Julia McKenzie
Hoskins Paul Brooke
Minister Geoffrey Chater



Blott on the Landscape is a British 1985 comedy mini series, adapted from the book by Tom Sharpe and starring David Suchet as Blott, the gardener in Handyman Hall estate that is under the threat of destruction due to the building of a motorway.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries Blott on the Landscape:


Contents


Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Blott (David Suchet) and Lady Maud Lynchwood (Geraldine James) hold a Double Barreled Shotgun in several scenes.

Samuel Buckley & Company/Anson & Deeley Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
Blott carries a shotgun.
Lady Maud carries a shotgun.
Blott aims at Sir Giles Lynchwood.
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Under the threat of a gun Blott orders Sir Giles to go away from the estate.

Assault Rifles

AK-47

In several flashback scenes, showing Blott's past as a soldier of East German army, numerous AK-47s are seen.

Final Production version of the Type III AK-47 with laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
East German soldiers on shooting range.
The receiver mounted sling bracket is a feature of Type III AK-47.
One more AK-47.
Note the open front sight.
Soldiers with AK-47s (note the unhooded front sight at the right) on the bridge on the Inner German border.

Norinco Type 56

Along with AK-47s, Norinco Type 56 assault rifles are also seen, identified by the hooded front sight.

Norinco Type 56, milled receiver without the under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Blott holds a Type 56 on shooting range, firing in full-auto instead of single shots, as his comrades-in-arms do.
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The hooded front sight of Blott's Type 56 is seen.
A soldier with seemingly Type 56 on watchtower on the Inner German border.
A soldier fires his Type 56 at a balloon, flying across the border (the scene was definitely inspired by the East German balloon escape in 1979).

Machine Guns

Bren Mk I

Blott finds two Bren Mk I machine guns in a wartime hidden cache in the wine cellar. He uses one of these guns to fire at his own gatehouse and blame the authorities in making at attack on "Englishman's home".

Bren Mk1 (M) - .303 British. Simplified version with no grip or butt strap on the stock and with dovetail mount on the left side of the receiver deleted, and a slightly different flash hider
A Bren with disassembled barrel in crate.
Two Bren guns in Blott's gatehouse.
Blott fires the Bren.
A close-up of the barrel. A PIAT is seen at the background.
Blott reloads...
...and continues firing.
Bren and PIAT in half-destroyed Blott's gatehouse.

SG-43

In flashback scenes, an SG-43 machine gun is seen mounted on East German watchtower.

Goryunov SGM on tripod - 7.62x54mm R
Blott-SG43-1.jpg
SG-43 on the watchtower.
The machine gun fires on flying balloon.

Other Weapons

PIAT

Blott also finds a PIAT anti-tank launcher in the wine cellar. He uses it to open Sir Giles' heavily armoured safe box, and to damage the gatehouse in the final episode.

Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) with loaded bomb - 3.25 in
A close-up of the PIAT.
Blott readies the launcher.
A view from the front.
Blott-PIAT-4.jpg
Blott fires a bomb to open the safe box.
A PIAT is seen at the background in the night scene.
Blott operates the PIAT.

Unidentified weapon

When Blott destroyes the gatehouse in the final episode, he uses one more weapon exept for Bren and PIAT. It is seen in darkness and only partially. What is seen allows to make a very vague guess that it may be a kind of 2 inch mortar.

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The supposed mortar fires.
The barrel is seen at the right.

Trivia

Grappling hook launcher

SAS commandos use a grappling hook launcher in the attempt to reach the rooftop of Blott's gatehouse. The launcher isn't pneumatic as after the "shot" the scene is covered with smoke (see discussion page for some guesses).

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