Star Wars fans in for a television treat this Christmas

David Whiteley will present a programme about the original Star Wars trilogy. Pic: AP Photo/Lucasfil

David Whiteley will present a programme about the original Star Wars trilogy. Pic: AP Photo/Lucasfilm, Ltd. - Credit: AP

With The Last Jedi due in cinemas next month, Star Wars fans can find out about how Britain helped shape the most famous galaxy in movie history - thanks to a BBC Look East presenter.

David Whiteley. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

David Whiteley. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

David Whiteley is best known as the presenter of the BBC East's Inside Out, but he is also a huge Star Wars fan.

And he has produced an hour long documentary about the role of talent from these shores in the original trilogy, which will be screened this Christmas.

The Galaxy Britain Built: Droids, Darth Vader and Lightsabers, which Mr Whiteley also presents, will tell the tale of the men who created the props, sets and costumes which have entered into celluloid history - out of junk on a rock bottom budget.

The programme includes interviews, archive film and some early drawings that have never been seen on television.

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It will be screened on BBC4 at 10pm on Thursday, December 21.

Meanwhile, The Last Jedi - the follow-up to The Force Awakens - will arrive in cinemas on December 15.

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