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Young Frankie Nash joins the army to get off an assault charge and is sent to Afghanistan with best mate Peter. Peter has only joined up to impress his war hero father and goes to pieces under fire. Consequently he is subject to merciless harassment from bullying Lance Corporal Buckley who humiliates him constantly until he can take no more and blows his own brains out. Buckley rationalises to Frankie by claiming that Peter's cowardice put lives at risk and,to spare his parents pain,tells them their son died in action,though Peter's father is unconvinced. Frankie attempts to expose Buckley but in vain and ends up in court on a murder charge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The attempt to be "fair and balanced" seemed a bit out of place in this episode of Accused
11 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jimmy McGovern's Accused series is provocative and provides an impressive backstory to why the accused is sitting in the dock at a criminal trial.

Here, Frankie, a former army man, is charged with the murder of Lance Corporal Buckley, because Buckley bullied Frankie's friend Peter to death because of Peter's alleged cowardice on the battlefield.

However, one scene was really jarring. It's when Frankie and Buckley appear before the commanding officer about Peter's death, and Buckley's bullying. Here the writer Jimmy McGovern attempted to portray both sides of the bullying side, from the words of Frankie (who claimed Buckley bullied Peter to death) and Buckley (who claimed war is hell and so on). But really, if you look at The Sopranos, you don't have a "debating panel" giving both sides to the story of the protagonist's right and wrong of organized crime!

But I'm not surprised Mr McGovern did this in Frankie's story. This is because I saw the documentary "Writing the wrongs", which featured Jimmy McGovern leading a team of former dockers to write the script to Dockers (1999). In Writing the wrongs, Jimmy skilfully presented the pros and cons of modernization and the impact on the dockers, kind of giving both sides of the story.


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