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. Filmed on location in Northern Ireland last year, Privates will air over five days on BBC One from Monday 7th to Friday 11th January at 2.15pm.
Eight lads, from very different backgrounds, arrive at Bleakley marsh training camp at the start of their two-year National Service. From the moment their feet touch the ground they are barked at, their hair is cut and they exchange their civvies for the scratchy uniform of a British Army Private. But one of them, Keenan, only wants to fight with Lance Corporal Hobbs. Another conscript turns up, Private Lomax, dressed in a home-made uniform and speaking only in the dialogue of films of the time, to add to the disparate group. Together they experience the assault course and the bayonet range, and learn to get on with each other, some more successfully than others. Keenan still has an axe to grind with Hobbs and chases him out of the camp, receiving a heavy blow from the sentry for his pains.
Cast includes Patrick Baladi (The Office; Mistresses) as Captain Gulliver: Marc Silcock (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale) as Corporal Jimmy Hobbs: and Jack Fox (Fresh Meat) as Private White-Bowne.
The 5 x 45 minute series follows their stories individually and as a group - seeing them hurt, grow, rebel and have fun. The early 1960's saw the building of the Berlin wall and the end of automatic deference. Privates explores the notions of 'duty', 'discipline' and 'class', in the era of rock n' roll.
Produced by Twenty Twenty Television, Privates filmed on location at Ballykinler Army Base, Tyrella Beach and South Promenade, Newcastle. Privates received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
For more information and clips from Privates please visit the BBC website.