On Thursday ABC airs Our Girl, a telemovie about a young working class English girl who joins the British Army to rise above her circumstance.
This was then approved for a series, which continues next week.
Lacey Turner (EastEnders) puts in a strong performance in the lead role.
There are 6 parts in total.
Our Girl follows East London lass Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner) as she embarks on an emotional rite-of-passage as a young female medic in the British Army’s final deployment of troops to Afghanistan.
Molly is a feisty working class girl with loads of friends, a dodgy boyfriend and little hope for a bright future. After her unemployed dad gets himself into a risky deal that threatens Molly’s safety she goes out and gets blind drunk. Needing to find some purpose she joins the British Army. At first she cannot obey a single order from Corporal Geddings (Matthew McNulty) but soon she finds the discipline a liberating experience. As a result she decides to join up with the Royal Army Medical Corps and undergoes training. She is thrilled to bits when she gets called up to join one of the final battalions being posted to Afghanistan. But things don’t turn out quite as she expected.
While disobeying orders to prove her mettle as a medic, she wins the love and trust of her fellow soldiers and the greater respect of her commanding officer Captain James (Ben Aldridge). But with that love and trust comes personal dilemmas as the rules of duty conflict with personal desires.
Our Girl is at heart a love story between Molly and Captain James, complicated by the admiration of a working class private nick-named Smurf (Iwan Rheon) who can see in Molly a brave and determined soldier and not the fearful girl he assumed her to be. Molly’s eyes are opened too to the wider world in which she now finds herself where the realities of life for the ordinary people of Afghanistan contrast so widely with the taken-for-granted realities of her own life back home in England.
8:30pm Thursday ABC.