The Last Post

The Last Post

Season 1

DVD - 2018
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War and romance collide in the sweltering heat and political unrest of 1060's Aden, in today's Yemen, where the British Royal Military Police battle local militia in an intense struggle to control the strategically important port. The officers know only too well that a lapse in luck or judgment risks death. But do they know what their wives are risking at the local country club, where the swinging '60s are in full swing?
Publisher: [United States] :, BBC Worldwide Ltd.,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC LAS v. 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Last post (Television program)

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calvoer
May 22, 2019

An interesting story that held my attention, despite the overacting and many kitschy plot devices.

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CaptainHecto
May 15, 2019

With the advantages of a stellar cast plus a decent plot line, this could have been a bang-up series. Unfortunately, the hapless writers turned it into 'Coronation Street in the Desert' -- and, what is worse, they put one cringe-worthy line after another into the mouths of these good actors. Jessica Raines, Amanda Drew, and Jessie Buckley all shine in their different roles as military wives, but it's never really clear what sort of soldiering their officer husbands are doing. (They command a company of 'red tops', the most hated units in the British Army -- but you'd never know that from this story.) So we get lives-and-loves soap all the way, with a moral lesson thrown in: good people understand that you must 'break the rules' for a higher purpose. The court-martial at the end, which is the setting for a nice plot twist, is so full of infuriating procedural errors that you have to wonder what kind of research the writers bothered to do. An opportunity missed -- but watchable for the valiant efforts of the excellent cast ... and the ladies' 1960's dresses (one element they did get right!)

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Nooksack20
Apr 02, 2019

I enjoyed the basic story and setting, which is historically accurate.

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kuhwass
Feb 02, 2019

Very good show. Well acted well scripted and produced. A very few holes but all in all a good watch!

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downsman
Jan 13, 2019

Well acted, and looks very authentic, but a bit soapy. The British army are portrayed as more undisciplined than they would have been 50+ years ago, and there is an SAS-led sortie where the men from Hereford make elementary mistakes that would seem unlikely, given the training those operatives receive. At one point a woman is on the operating table gushing blood and they send for her husband. Next thing you know ..., well, it's all a bit unlikely. On a positive note, Essie Davis (of Miss Phrynne Fisher and The Babadook fame) is in it, and I'd watch just about anything she's in.

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libertytoday2003
Jan 10, 2019

This was a good series to watch. It played on no favourites and the good guys were killed in much of it, well okay the one's we think are the good guys. The gutsy call of the Police Captain to save his commanders son and the later revelations were interesting to watch. I do hope another such series might be on the way from BBC. Revelations about how the British used colonialism and political ramifications of colonialism are quite interesting. The fact that we feel bad about colonialism is really unjustified. Islam colonized much of the Christian World in the last 1400 years and we rarely get glimpses into how they tyranized non-Muslim societies. Series like that would be interesting as well. Another series BBC should contemplate from a realistic perspective should be about the Palestine Mandate and how they kept out the Jews from their natural homeland, the fighting between Islam and Israel, the Palestinian Affect as a proxy-war of terrorism for the Islamic Umma, and so on. Might last as long as "Coronation Street."

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richmole
Nov 10, 2018

Excellent 6-part BBC series.

It starts with...
A great concept: life and death of Military "police" in a British colonial outpost on the Gulf of Aden, (across from Somalia, in a war-torn country now called Yemen) during the early 1960s.

Great scripts; terrific interplay between the military (the husbands) and their wives and children trying to make the best of it in their homes-away-from home. A blend of human melodrama, secret-service intrigue, terrorist action as police deal with the threat of a charismatic Middle-eastern freedom fighter. Lots of suspense.

Terrific performances--and perfect casting--of all principals and many featured players, too. You likely won't recognize names (me, either), but they're all excellent.

Fabulous period piece detail--it's the early 1960s--but happily, director and writer don't hit us over the head with remember-when stuff. It's subtle, just what's required, which actually heightens the realism--but there's careful attention to furnishings, weapons, fashions and uniforms created especially for the series.

To say more would spoil the fun. Borrow this!

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richardsan
Nov 09, 2018

...just binge watched this last night. it was well written, for the most part... i enjoyed all of it, save for the last episode which leaves a lot...undone... and from what i understand, it will not be continued. With that in mind, i DO recommend watching this glimpse into British history during the early 60's.

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DawnWhite
Aug 05, 2018

Very good.

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