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Forgotten Heroes - The Not Dead
Monday, 12th November 2007
9pm to 10:40pm
Is there anything so sad as an old man in tears? Private Holland had never been further than the Manchester Ship Canal when he went off to Malaya, to fight in the jungle. He shot people, ran over a man who had his hands up, saw his own friends die next to him. And he's been haunted ever since, reliving it all in his bed every night. He's 78 now.
Guardsman Tromans is good at describing the fear. It's like a car crash, or when you're being mugged, "and you get that feeling for a split second when you don't know what's going to happen to you. If you can imagine that feeling 24 hours a day, seven days a week - that's what it felt like to be there." For Tromans, "there" was Iraq, this time round. He's on the dole now, and drugs, in and out of trouble.
And here's Fusilier Beddoes, with one half of his face in shadow to hide the scars where the bullet went in. He was in the Balkans. Peace-keeping they called it, but the men in the blue hats had to sit by and watch, unable to do anything as the death squads went on their daily killing sprees. The peace-keepers had to deal with the aftermath - men, women and children, killed. Beddoes, back home now, shouts at his own children and wife. But she still stands by him, she understands, even if the country doesn't. It means her husband cares. "It's the people who don't care - they're the ones who are scary," she says.
These are Forgotten Heroes: The Not Dead (Channel 4), men who came back from war and went off the rails - "big time" says Tromans.
There are hundreds of them: more Falklands veterans have killed themselves since 1982 than died in the South Atlantic. That's just one shocking statistic. The survivors are largely ignored - though not, thankfully, by film-maker Brian Hill and poet Simon Armitage, whose wonderful work this is.
This is the same pair behind Feltham Sings, the extraordinary 2002 film in which young offenders set their thoughts and feelings to rap and reggae and rock. There's no singing this time. Holland is probably getting on a bit for rapping. Instead he, Tromans and Beddoes talk to the camera, and recite Armitage's haunting poem, based on their experience. It's bold, brave, beautiful television; it makes you think, and it leaves you numb.
- Review by Sam Wollaston for The Guardian.
Not my rip. My heartfelt thanks to the unknown capper - possibly from UKN but I'm not certain about that - for providing this first class programme. Brilliant. Thank you.
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