It’s virtually inconceivable to imagine that much of what constitutes the starstuff of the saga was filmed here in the UK, mostly north and west of London by a crew of British filmmakers who had the skills to rightly consider themselves world masters of their craft.
It’s a proud tradition that continues to this day as Star Wars calls Pinewood home, but step back 40 years to the era of the original trilogy and check out The Galaxy Britain Built, featuring among others Roger Christian, the late John Mollo, Gareth Edwards, Gary Kurtz and the always entertaining Robert Watts.
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.
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.
The show is broacast on BBC Four next Thursday, 21st December at 10.00pm.