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?
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Paddy Kennedy||Luke Tittensor|
|Father Brooks||Stuart Graham|
|Henry Delaney||Lewis Reeves|
|William Hunt||Chris Mason|
|Sergeant Mitchell||Paul Popplewell|
|Major Davies||Anthony Shuster|
|Regimental Sergeant Major||Andrew MacBean|