Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

This new daily drama series takes us back to 1960 and the last intake of young men who are about to serve their national service.

The eight lads are a motley crew: among them there’s a posh boy, a pacifist and a fledgeling East End gangster. But within minutes of arrival on the windswept Army base, they’ve been shorn of both hair and individuality. The incidental music is wonderfully evocative of the period, but it’s got a bleaker and grimmer feel than the successful Land Girls even though it has similar production values and an impressive cast that includes Patrick Baladi, Alex Vlahos (Mordred in Merlin) and Jack Fox.

About this programme

1/5. New series. Drama set in 1960, following eight men who have had their daily lives interrupted by conscription, and must adjust to life as an operational team known as Two Section as they begin two years of National Service. Jack Fox and Alex Vlahos star.

Cast and crew


Pte Kennan
Alex Vlahos
Pte White-Bowne
Jack Fox
Pte Wratten
Billy Seymour
Pte Gordon Lomax
Ross Anderson
Pte Rothman
Sam Swann
Pte Davies
Matthew Aubrey
Pte McIllvenny
Conor MacNeill
Pte Hoy
David Kirkbride
Sgt Butcher
Michael Nardone
Cpl Barrowman
Phil McKee
Capt Gulliver
Patrick Baladi
Audrey Gulliver
Emma Stansfield
Connie Charles
Sara Vickers
LCpl Hobbs
Marc Silcock
Norah Preston
Sasha Frost
Capt Bulgakov
Richard Katz


Bryn Higgins
Nick Pitt
Damian Wayling