, a tv drama currently airing on BBC One in an afternoon slot, and therefore not getting much attention. It's about a group of young men, the last intake in Britain's National Service. I started watching because it stars Alexander Vlahos, who was grown-up Mordred in the last series of Merlin
, but I'm enjoying the whole show, which is fast-paced, fresh and bouncy.
There's a lot of familiar territory, sure - young men from different backgrounds having their hair cut off and going through basic training, rock'n'roll music, the changes of the 1960s starting to happen. The writing and direction is having fun with it: there's a lovely shot of the newly-shorn men gazing at their relection in the washroom mirror, expressions ranging from "appalled" to "well, I can work with this". Keenan, very well played by Vlahos, is a left-wing CND supporter who is *not* permitted to be the show's voice of righteousness; he tries holding forth about the wrongness of the bomb to a young army nurse, who is profoundly unimpressed. When he writes diary entries with Deep Thoughts, it's rather d'awww: he's clever and sincere but rather naive.( If it's good enough for Elvis...Collapse )