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''Privates'' is a 2013
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drama television series set in 1960 which follows the stories of eight privates who are part of the last intake of
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, and their relationships with their officers and non-commissioned officers, civilian staff and families. The series was written by Damian Wayling, directed by Bryn Higgins and produced by Nick Pitt. The setting is the fictional North Yorkshire Regiment, although for dramatic effect the characters are from a variety of backgrounds including London, Liverpool, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Filmed in Northern Ireland, extras were provided by soldiers, wives and families of 2nd Battalion,
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. Locations were Ballykinler Army Base, Tyrella Beach, South Promenade Newcastle.


Cast

*
Alexander Vlahos Alexander Vlahos (born 30 July 1988) is a Welsh people, Welsh actor, writer and director best known for playing Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, Philippe, Duke of Orléans, in the Canal+ television series ''Versailles (TV series), Versailles''. In ...
as Private Tom Keenan * Jack Fox as Private White-Bowne * Billy Seymour as Private Eddie Wratten * Ross Anderson as Private Gordon Lomax * Sam Swann as Private Rothman * Matthew Aubrey as Private Owen Davies *
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as Private McIllvenny * David Kirkbride as Private Hoy *
Marc Silcock Marco "Marc" Silcock (born 4 November 1988) is an English former actor, best known for his portrayal of Jackson Walsh in the British soap opera ''Emmerdale''. Career Silcock studied acting at City College Manchester and has a Diploma in Perform ...
as Lance Corporal Jimmy Hobbs * Phil McKee as Corporal Barrowman *
Michael Nardone Michael Nardone (born 20 January 1967) is a Scotland, Scottish actor. He was raised in Ballingry, Fife and trained in Drama at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. He starred as Mascius in the BBC/HBO/RAI TV series Rome (TV series), Rome and ...
as Sergeant Michael Butcher * Richard Katz as Captain Viktor Bulgakov *
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as Captain Colin Gulliver *
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as Audrey Gulliver *
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as Connie Charles * Sasha Frost as Norah Preston


Character profiles

* Private White Bowne is an educated upper class conservative. He was a member of the
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(presumably whilst at university or
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). He hates the fact he has been called up as he has no interest in serving in the army or becoming an officer. White-Bowne claims to have an 'escape plan', which in episode 2 is revealed (after he steals use of the Captain's phone) to involve the
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of the area he lives in. The rest of the section have a love/hate relationship with White-Bowne, his perceived natural superiority doesn't quite wash with the men of Two Section, and his activities often result in the belittling of section members. * Private Wratten is a streetwise, smartly dressed young male. His accent and clues in his dialogue suggest he is from London. When asked by the Corporal and Sergeants if he has had any form of training from a military institution, he claims to be part of "The Firm", a gang led by the infamous
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but it is unknown whether this is true or bravado. In episode 2 it is revealed he has a young son, as questioning by Private White-Bowne reveals. * Norah Preston is the fiancée of Lance Corporal Hobbs, and works on the base. Her relationship with Lance Corporal Hobbs is controversial in 1960's Britain due to her ethnicity, although the only people that show any form of objection are allegedly Hobbs's parents as she appears to be popular with both
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staff as well as soldiers and officers. However the army care not for her race and are one of her employers. However, her father, a former soldier in the
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emigrated to the
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following his ill-treatment he was subject to whilst completing his service due to his race and ethnicity. She deceitfully hides the offer of amnesty the army offers her fiancée Norah tries to emigrate to
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, and later the United States, with her AWOL fiancée but is left standing at the station whilst Hobbs returns to the base.


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