Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Patrick Baladi, Phil McKee, Jack Fox
Directed by: Bryn Higgins
Running Time: 213 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 28 January 2013
All 5 episodes of this great new drama were recently shown on TV on BBC One. They were shown on daytime television but after watching this DVD I feel it should have be shown on primetime TV.
Privates starts in November 1960 following the lives of the last intake of young conscripts into National Service with the British Army before conscription ended.
Two Section are stationed in North Yorkshire and is made up of 8 young conscripts from all walks of life from the common man to the upper class, National Service did not care about your background and you had no choice but to go.
We follow the lives of these young from poor to posh, peace lovers to fighters and the certifiably insane and watch the army break them down to turn them into soldiers often with horrible consequences.
While still trying to adjust to this new way of life, so just accept it while some try to rebel but they soon learn that the only way to survive basic training is too work together as a team and help each other through or be punished as a team.
Overall I found this to be a very powerful drama with themes such as adultery, suicide and bullying. It was very gripping to watch and I feel would have been better shown on primetime evening television rather that afternoon viewing.
It has some strong characters and great acting with my favourite being Private Gordon Lomax who seems to be insane and keeps creating new personalities which provides humour to the drama.
If you haven’t seen I recommend giving it a watch.
Available to buy from Acorn Media here.