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First World War drama series. A soldier in the Manchester Pals regiment finds himself fighting both the Germans and a system that requires him to execute one of his pals.

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?

1 hour

Last on

Tue 21 Oct 2014 00:10

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • The Prodigy

    Invaders must die

  • The Diamond Center


  • The Undertones

    Teenage Kicks

  • Raffertie

    Still Water

  • Raffertie

    Animal World

  • The Loved Ones

    Hi Pressure

  • Sam Gopal


  • Portishead


  • Emika

    Dem Worlds (instrumental)

  • Charlie Jones

    Big Hair


Role Contributor
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


  • Thu 14 Aug 2014 21:00
  • Fri 15 Aug 2014 02:00
  • Sat 16 Aug 2014 00:30
  • Sun 17 Aug 2014 21:00
  • Tue 19 Aug 2014 01:00
  • Thu 21 Aug 2014 03:00
  • Mon 20 Oct 2014 23:20
  • Mon 20 Oct 2014 23:50
  • Tue 21 Oct 2014 00:10

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