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Spearhead - S01E04 - Jackal
About The Series
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.
Air Date: Tuesday August 8, 1978
The men of B Company have been posted to Northern Ireland on a short tour in order to assist in the prevention of an imminent terrorist threat. Seeking out information is vital to their task, but a local journalist is scrutinising their every move ...
Stars: Michael Billington, Jacqueline Tong, Stafford Gordon, Roy Holder, Peter Turner, Gordon Case, George Sweeney, Charles Cork, Lawrence Davidson, Brian Anthony
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: DivX 5.1.1 (Maupiti)
Video Bitrate: 1138
Resolution: 720 x 576
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
=== Audio Information ===
Audio Codec: 0x0055 MPEG-2 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 24000Hz 56 kb/s tot , Joint Stereo
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