From Blighty to Belize

First transmitted in 1978, this programme focuses on the day to day lives of the British troops guarding the Belize/Guatemala border and their celebrations on Christmas Day, 1977. It’s a very different life here than the squaddies are used to, but it’s not quite a ‘Caribbean holiday’. They struggle to come to terms with the daily routine, the boredom, missing their loved ones and meeting the basic needs of life such as ensuring there is enough fresh food to eat.

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48 minutes

Last on

Fri 12 May 1978 21:30
BBC Two except East, South East, Yorkshire

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Role Contributor
DirectorMark Anderson
ProducerRoger Mills
PhotographerTerry Doe
PhotographerAlex Hansen
Sound RecordistJohn Pritchard
Film EditorTony Heaven

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