Monday, 25 March 2013

MSN TV: BBC1's OUR GIRL

Monday, 25 March 2013

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed BBC1's feature-length single drama OUR GIRL, starring EastEnders' Lacey Turner as a London teenager who decides to join the Army...
I wasn't expecting to enjoy Our Girl based on the first 20 minutes in which Lacey Turner effectively reprised her impudent EastEnders character, Stacey Slater. In addition, there were so many clich├ęd elements about her working class family - pregnant mum Belinda (Derek's Kerry Godliman), benefit-cheating racist dad Sean (Dave Dawes) - you felt the writer's rather heavy hand. And, to an extent, this drama never quite managed to surprise, despite threatening to end on a courageously downbeat note (wisely avoided from the perspective of promoting the armed forces). However, Molly's transformation from cheeky party-goer to a soldier with self-respect and discipline, still managed to be entertaining and occasionally quite moving.

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