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Our World War

Episode 2: Pals

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Three HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for 1 month

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? Show less


Paddy Kennedy:
Luke Tittensor
Father Brooks:
Stuart Graham
Henry Delaney:
Lewis Reeves
William Hunt:
Chris Mason
Sergeant Mitchell:
Paul Popplewell
Major Davies:
Anthony Shuster
Michael Peavoy
Regimental Sergeant Major:
Andrew MacBean
Ben Chanan
Susan Horth
Joe Barton

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