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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Ross Anderson ...  Private Lomax 5 episodes, 2013
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  Private Davies 5 episodes, 2013
Patrick Baladi ...  Captain Gulliver 5 episodes, 2013
Jack Fox ...  Private White-Bowne 5 episodes, 2013
Sasha Frost ...  Norah Preston 5 episodes, 2013
David Kirkbride David Kirkbride ...  Private Hoy 5 episodes, 2013
Conor MacNeill ...  Private McIlvenny 5 episodes, 2013
Phil McKee ...  Corporal Barrowman 5 episodes, 2013
Michael Nardone ...  Sergeant Butcher 5 episodes, 2013
Billy Seymour ...  Private Wratten 5 episodes, 2013
Marc Silcock Marc Silcock ...  Lance Corporal Jimmy Hobbs 5 episodes, 2013
Emma Stansfield ...  Audrey Gulliver 5 episodes, 2013
Sam Swann Sam Swann ...  Private Rothman 5 episodes, 2013
Sara Vickers ...  Connie Charles 5 episodes, 2013
Alexander Vlahos ...  Private Keenan 5 episodes, 2013
Richard Katz ...  Captain Bulgakov 4 episodes, 2013
Johnny Hamilton 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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Low budget, some errors and PC silliness, but entertaining.
13 January 2013 | by poadrSee all my reviews

There are a lot of comments about this being historically inaccurate- and yes. There are a lot of picky authenticity things they should work on if they make another series of this- period and military details that need work.

Some of the 'PC' additions to history were rather tiresome. OF COURSE, the rich Tory boy is a villain. OF COURSE we have a biracial character. OF COURSE we have a Jewish character. OF COURSE our 'heroes' are all clearly labor or left leaning in their viewpoints. I am not trying to be racist here, but our biracial female character says her black father was in the British Army and left for America because they treated him so badly. Now, if this is 1960, and we will assume she is 19 or 20, that makes her time of conception around 1939... This is before immigrants from the west Indies came in the 50s. I have not (though I could be wrong) heard of any black/west Indian soldiers in the British Army before WWII. I also doubt that her British born father, even if he was black, would go to the US for better treatment than he would receive in the UK. Don't forget- this is before the civil rights movement. But this sort of historical inaccuracy is rampant in TV now. People have forgotten how it really was. Given the racism of the day, would a biracial woman even be working as a server on a military base in 1960?

But all of this aside, I found the show to be entertaining and worthy of a bigger budget and another season. There are characters who were very interesting and I think with the ending, there are many places this show could go.


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