I wonder if any heros are perfect. However the title aside this is a remarkably watchable well scripted and produced piece of "Faction" docu - drama. The late Geoffrey page, himself a badly burned Battle of Britain participant was the technical adviser and for once the producers have heeded knowledge of the "expert" rather than let truth get in the way of a good story.
The story is drawn heavily from the real life and remarkable Richard Hillary who was a very good writer as his book "Last Enemy" demonstrates. Reading this will help understand the difficulties people like our perfect hero "Hugh Flemming" faced.
Many "stars" are in the cast and Nigel Havers is perfectly cast, as is James Fox as the "plastic surgeon" who physically and mentally put these chaps back together. Bernard Hepton admirably plays the stiff upper lip Father, exercising his authority over "Mother" with typical politeness of the era.
If I have one criticism - and it is hardly that - it is the comparatively gentle portrayal of the horrific injuries these young men suffered - and the degree of pain - the mental and emotional traumas. Notwithstanding I think it came across sufficiently, Unlike many productions today which do nothing but encourage our immunity to mutilation and suffering.
I would hope then that this production will appeal to a large cross section of the community, as well as the mature of mind.
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