Screen Two: Season 1, Episode 1

Contact (6 Jan. 1985)

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Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland

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Platoon Commander
Steve Sweeney ...
Smith
Gary Hailes ...
Jones
Graham Fletcher-Cook ...
Rankin
John Blundell ...
Corporal
Ozzie Stevens ...
Lance Corporal
Jem Ahmet
Jason Cunliffe ...
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Steve Fletcher ...
Dawes
Chris Lee ...
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James V. Mathews ...
Farmer
Dennis Savage ...
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Sam Smart ...
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Drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on patrol in Northern Ireland

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Tense Drama
14 July 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

CONTACT is a drama set around a platoon of British soldiers from the Parachute regiment patrolling the bandit country of the rural border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. There`s hardly any dialogue and absolutely no plot as we see a squad of soldiers getting on with a dangerous and thankless task . Director Alan Clarke has rightfully resisted making any political comment with CONTACT and gives the programme a docudrama feel with shaky camera work and jump edits which works totally in its favour . Witness the scene near the end where the platoon commander investigates an abandoned car , you`ll be able to hear your own heart pumping with anxiety.

My one problem with CONTACT is that the patrol sees maybe a bit too much action with terrorists . You could serve several tours of Northern Ireland without coming into contact ( Hence the title of the drama ) with the enemy while here the patrol comes into contact with terrorists several times , but I guess soldiers yomping around Irish fields with no incidents wouldn`t have made much of a dramatic impact


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