I have to confess to an addiction. No drug, alcohol or gambling related issues are the root cause of my suffering, but the BBC’s military drama ‘Our Girl’, more particularly Ben Aldridge’s soulful brown eyes which the camera spends hours staring dreamily into – also completely fine by me.
This is compulsive nonsense peopled by an army of models rather than a model army. I think the scripts must have been prepared by a cheese grater they are so full of holes. The basis of the story is a military section (‘2 Section’) having various adventures under the command of Captain James (Ben Aldridge) with a female medic on tour in Afghan, Kenya and other hot spots. The female medic, Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner) engages in a somewhat against regulation relationship with Captain James, her CO, by the end of series one. Captain James gets shot and says he is going to resign his commission. He recovers and doesn’t.
Molly Dawes gets written out of the story in series two and replaced by another female medic called Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan), who is a bit prettier but nothing like as interesting, and who spends not an inconsiderable amount of time getting jilted or jilting others. I mean how many unused wedding gowns can a girl store away in the average sized wardrobe?
The scriptwriters faced with the problem of what to do with the now no longer extant Molly decide to have Captain James say that she has gone back for another tour in Afghan. He later implies that they are married.
Fast forward to the current series the writers are desperately trying to extricate Captain James from this off screen ‘marriage’ because they now want the poor exhausted guy to have a relationship with the new medic who actually does exist, Georgie, she of the many redundant wedding gowns. So why marry him off in the first place? It’s a wonder he has any energy to spare to actually do his job.
I read somewhere that the army (the real one) is struggling to deal with a backlog of applications. I hope these applications are not from viewers expecting the Captains to look like Ben Aldridge and Luke Pasqualino. I fear they may be sadly disappointed.