Young Nick Calshaw returns from fighting the war in Afghanistan with half his face terribly scarred due to a female suicide bomber. His family and schoolteacher girlfriend Gemma are ... See full summary »



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Young Nick Calshaw returns from fighting the war in Afghanistan with half his face terribly scarred due to a female suicide bomber. His family and schoolteacher girlfriend Gemma are horrified but try to act normally for his sake. However,he fails to get his old job back and feels people stare at him. After causing a scene in public he admits to his best friend that he should have shot the suicide bomber but failed to because she had a baby with her. As a result some other lads were killed and he was disfigured. Following a row with Gemma he deliberately steps in front of a taxi whose Muslim driver Hasam takes him to hospital, saving his life. An appreciative Nick is given some hope as to the good in people and invites Hasam to his wedding to Gemma, where his family all support him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A great concept marred by poor writing and schmultz
29 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oh dear, it seems that the credit crunch has affected the standards of writing for this once realistic show. I don't know if this series is trying to make up for the far more depressing second series, but it now seems that people are struggling to come to hasty conclusions here.

Nick Calshaw is a solider who has returned home with a disfigurement. Obviously, Nick finds he is now ostracised in the local community, despite having wounds that could quite easily be treated with skin grafts (surgeons can rebuild people's noses just by using existing skin on the patient's face, look it up).

What struck me was the phone call that everyone receives; how can a solider phone home in a war zone? Surely this is a breach of secrecy, or misconduct?

Another element that struck me was the lack of support offered to Nick; Counsellors, physiotherapists, psychologists, therapy sessions, compensation, and if none of those were apparent, surely an appeal for unfair treatment from the TA? This would make a far more interesting story, one with several layers. It would also be more educational, as it would show the processes that a solider returning from Iraq would most likely receive.

The ending is absolutely ridiculous. Nick was depressed, he wanted to commit suicide, he tried to do this by jumping into a cab. But miraculously, he gets better and has his girlfriend coo over how there is beauty in everything, moments after she was coming to terms with how she was only attracted to Nick because he was good looking and nothing else. Oh, and guess what? The cab driver that got him to hospital...he was...wait for it...Muslim! Yea! bish bash bosh, love conquers all, good triumphs over evil, everything is amazing, the end! I was half expecting to hear ebony and ivory playing at Nick's wedding reception. I was actually expecting Nick not to have a wedding, as he was unemployed and missing the use of one hand.

Given the standard of most of the shows now, its just as well that the street is coming to an end. For really good writing, I suggest you see episode 2. :)

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