Like the other reviews, I agree that Spearhead was an excellent drama. I had patchy memories of it, at least the first series, since I had not seen it since broadcast and I was 11/12 years old. Thanks to a certain video posting site, I'm going through series 1.
What strikes you is a realism and for something that must have had a degree of Ministry Of Defence cooperation, the often uncompromising subjects. (The vehicles, the kit, some of the facilities possibly too, the way the actors are totally convincing as soldiers, none of the equipment would be 'surplus'. Those Humber 'Pig' armoured vehicles were so vital in Northern Ireland the Army were getting them out of store, buying back from private collectors and even rescuing from scrapyards in the early/mid 70's).
The N.I. set episodes build up tension very well, no mass shoot 'em up here, more often just waiting for something bad to happen.
I also agree that Soldier Soldier was a mere soap compared to Spearhead, I soon gave up on it.
The mid/late 70's had some of the best of British drama, Spearhead included.
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