PRIVATES is the story of the last intake of conscripts for National Service in 1960; eight young men undertake basic training at a windswept camp in Yorkshire, as the end of the era of deference meets the world of rock n' roll.
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 Private Lomax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Private Davies (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Captain Gulliver (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Private White-Bowne (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Norah Preston (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Private Hoy (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Private McIlvenny (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Corporal Barrowman (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Sergeant Butcher (5 episodes, 2013)
Billy Seymour ...
 Private Wratten (5 episodes, 2013)
Marc Silcock ...
 Lance Corporal Jimmy Hobbs (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Audrey Gulliver (5 episodes, 2013)
Sam Swann ...
 Private Rothman (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Connie Charles (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Private Keenan (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Captain Bulgakov (4 episodes, 2013)
Johnny Hamilton ...
 Section 1 Private (3 episodes, 2013)
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PRIVATES is the story of the last intake of conscripts for National Service in 1960; eight young men undertake basic training at a windswept camp in Yorkshire, as the end of the era of deference meets the world of rock n' roll.

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Why attempt a big canvas on a miniature budget?
17 January 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It is commendable that the BBC are willing to make drama for daytime afternoons. This is bound to be many times more expensive than the (yawn) house/antiques/cookery programmes they normally use to kill time. However, on this occasion they bit off far more than they could chew. They needed to recreate an army camp of half a century ago. To do this properly they would have had to employ many, many extras and pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds more for the programme than the 50p that they did in fact spend.

On top of that, they couldn't even get small (cheap) details right, as other reviewers have pointed out. Was decent military advice too expensive as well?

If you've got a small budget, make a small programme. You can do great things with a handful of people in one indoor set (half the dramas in history are along these lines). Why not go for something like that, BBC?


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