Down to Earth

Episode 7 of 7

Duration: 35 minutes

This 1984 updated version of the programme, first transmitted in 1983, is the final episode in the series. It follows the recruits, who have now gained their wings, to Northern Ireland on their first posting. Here they learn to patrol the province against a backdrop of over 10 years of terrorist activity and the continual dangers of hidden bombs.The update adds a short 'what happened next' section to the end of the programme featuring some of the recruits who failed to be selected during the process.

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    This programme refers to the events of Bloody Sunday and reflects views held at the time. These events were the subject of a review by Lord Saville whose Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry was published in 2010 and was referred to in a statement to the House of Commons by David Cameron.

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Glyn Worsnip
Bill Jones
Bill Jones
Executive Producer
David Harrison


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