Pals

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Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Series immersing viewers in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line during World War I.

1916, and Britain's armed forces are decimated. Across the country, friends join up to fight together, in new battalions known as 'Pals'. Paddy Kennedy, a warehouse clerk from Manchester, joins the Manchester Pals Battalion alongside his friends Henry, Andy and Jim. They soon discover that the whole of their neighbourhood has joined up, including a nearby factory foreman, now their sergeant, Mitchell, and their friend Lizzie, who has become a volunteer nurse.

These pals are set to become part of the largest offensive ever mounted by the British Army, the Battle of the Somme. But after a successful first day, they are ordered to seize control of Trones Wood, a thickly forested copse riddled with enemy soldiers and impossible to navigate. Through all this, they survive shellfire and ambush, evade capture by the Germans and encounter the mysterious Private William Hunt, whose fate will become forever entwined with the life of Paddy Kennedy.

Paddy's journey leads to the deadliest mission of all - the execution by firing squad of one of his pals. How will Paddy survive becoming a soldier?

Music Played

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Credits

Paddy Kennedy
Luke Tittensor
Father Brooks
Stuart Graham
Henry Delaney
Lewis Reeves
Andy
Michael Socha
William Hunt
Chris Mason
Lizzie
Hannah Britland
Sergeant Mitchell
Paul Popplewell
Jim
Bobby Schofield
Crombie
Sandy Batchelor
Major Davies
Anthony Shuster
Wiltshire
Michael Peavoy
Regimental Sergeant Major
Andrew MacBean
Soldier
Laurie Kynaston
Director
Ben Chanan
Producer
Susan Horth
Writer
Joe Barton

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