Spearhead

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Spearhead

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This British TV drama series shows what the British Army was like at the time. It uses an almost documentary style to show what life is like for the soldiers of the (fictional) B Company, 1st Battalion Royal Wessex Rangers, and their families. At the start of the series lead character Colour Sergeant 'Jacko' Jackson (Michael Billington) is selected to command 6 Platoon, a role usually reserved for officers, and the battalion is seen serving during an operational tour of Northern Ireland. After the first series young subaltern Lieutenant Ken Pickering (Martyn Jacobs) takes command of 6 Platoon and new episodes see the Royal Wessex Rangers serving as a mechanised infantry battalion based in West Germany (during the second series) and subsequently as resident light infantry battalion in Hong Kong (during the third series). As an unusually honest programme about British Army life and 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland in the 70s, Spearhead was a worthwhile achievement for British TV.

Michael Billington

Michael Billington

Colour Sergeant Jackson

Jacqueline Tong

Jacqueline Tong

Mary Jackson

Stafford Gordon

Stafford Gordon

Company Sgt. Major Gilby

Roy Holder

Roy Holder

Sergeant Bilinski

Peter Turner

Peter Turner

Private/Lance Corporal Adams

Gordon Case

Gordon Case

Private Mayhoe

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