THE COLONEL’S WIFE
Roz Amison, 43, is married to Darrell, 44. They have two children, Izzy, 15 and Charlie, 5. Among his many tours, Darrell has served in Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He becomes a Brigadier next July.
“The thing that struck home the most for me in Homefront was the support among the wives. I thought that was true to life. The thought of Darrell going away always fills me with dread, but on one occasion I had just found out I was pregnant with Charlie, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I had, from people I knew and those I didn’t.
“In the first episode, one of the soldiers is killed, and the reaction of the community was moving and authentic. My husband is alive and well, and there have been no awful knocks on the door, but those scenes had me hanging on the edge of my seat. It felt quite scary.
“When your husband is away you can’t be frightened 24 hours a day; you have to smile at your children and get on with life. But sometimes it gets too close for comfort, and those emotions were reflected in that episode.
“Claire Skinner’s character (Claire Marshbrook) is anxious about becoming a military wife and that rang true, as well. When I was a girlfriend and Darrell was serving in Germany, I was concerned about how I would adapt. But all wives are equal – we don’t wear our husband’s ranks – and that stereotype is dropping away.
“The housing looked accurate, apart from one very big no-no. Wallpaper! I have heard of people using blu tack to attach wallpaper, but most army walls are magnolia. Apparently it’s a very bad colour to film against, though, so that explains that inaccuracy.
“I’d love to see the wives start a choir. In 18 years as a military wife, it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve done personally.”
Homefront is on tonight at 9:00pm on ITV1