NI Documentary

#1
Was just wondering if anyone remembers a documentary that was on BBC in about the mid 90's whcih followed a new Pltn Cmdr on his first tour of South Armagh. If I remember correctly he was a Guards subbie.
Does anyone know the title of this programme and if it can be found on the web?
 
#2
Jeepers I remember it and met him in Bessbrook Mill a few times. Nice guy his JNCOs & SNCOs looked after him. He considered either the Church or the Military. Not a sharp Cookie who let his batteries runout and got lost a few times & not red hot on map reading. My Grandparents used to leave out aThermos flasks for him in South Armagh and our own.
 
#3
Was it called "All The Queens Men" or something along those lines, if it's what I was thinking of,it was about The Welsh Guards in Fermanagh. I've seen the Company Commander on tv a few times since,doing the military expert thing on Sky News,etc. The subby came across as a bit of a rocket though.
 
#4
Wasn't it called "The Rookie"? About a new Pl Comd.

The only scene I can remember is when he picks up Guardsman "90" for the state of his combat jacket. Is that the one?
 
#5
is that the one by Molly Dineen (who then married the chap she was filming)?
His name was Crispin or something like that as I recall.......
 
#6
I remember one scene in RUC Rosslea when she was talking to the guys outside in the yard, and a few of the chaps were in a small group getting just a wee bit over exited. Enter the Company comander from the station, going absolutely f ucking bannanas.
What a beamer.

Also, as they were based in Ballykelly (?) on a 2 year tour, it showed them out on the lash in Bangor.
I mind trying to convince my girlfiend at the time that I never got to go on the p iss on 6 month tours.
 
#7
It was called "In the Company of Men" and followed The Prince of Wales Company in S Armagh, interviews by Molly Dineen. I think the Coy Comd was Crispin Black, seen more recently as a military comentator on TV.
 
#8
hairymonster1006 said:
It was called "In the Company of Men" and followed The Prince of Wales Company in S Armagh, interviews by Molly Dineen. I think the Coy Comd was Crispin Black, seen more recently as a military comentator on TV.
Right enough,but it was County Fermangh,not South Armagh.
 
#11
hairymonster1006 said:
Like a man in orthopedic shoes, I stand corrected!
On second thoughts,they may of been down to South Armagh as well come to think of it. Were they not doing a reinforcement role,getting tasked al over the Province?
 
#12
The programme that sprung to mind was I think earlier, perhaps during the early 80s? A documentary by Ian Woolridge following the Grenadier Guards in South Armagh. He did a companion programme about the trooping of the colour.
 
#13
Rudie said:
hairymonster1006 said:
Like a man in orthopedic shoes, I stand corrected!
On second thoughts,they may of been down to South Armagh as well come to think of it. Were they not doing a reinforcement role,getting tasked al over the Province?


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#14
Hardly a Subbie in the mid 90s if its Crispin Black:

Guardian Profile Crispin Black said:
Crispin Black MBE MPhil is an independent intelligence consultant and well-known media commentator on terrorism and intelligence. He is the author of 7-7 The London Bombs – What Went Wrong? a critical examination of the failures in intelligence and security leading up to the July 2005 bombs in which he makes suggestions for wide-ranging reform and improvement.

On passing out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Crispin started his military career commanding a platoon of Welsh Guardsmen in the Falklands War where he survived the bombing of the RFA Sir Galahad. He finished over twenty years later as a lieutenant colonel seconded to the Cabinet Office preparing intelligence briefings for Number 10, the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBRA (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A - the government's highest level crisis response machinery) where he was on duty on the night 11-12 September 2001. In between he did three emergency tours of Northern Ireland including a stint as intelligence officer in the Republican stronghold of West Belfast. His trials and tribulations and those of his soldiers during two years on counter-terrorist operations in the early 1990s were the subject of a popular BBC documentary by Molly Dineen In the Company of Men. He also served with the British Army of the Rhine and the United Nations Forces in Cyprus.

After graduation from the Army Staff College he specialized in intelligence and in 1996 was awarded the MBE for his role in the Defence Intelligence Staff during the crisis in Former Yugoslavia. He has degrees from both London and Cambridge – where he spent a year on a defence fellowship - and has lectured at both universities.
If he was a subbie in the mid 90s he must have had a really slow start and then put his foot down to retire in 2002 as a Lt Col.
 
#15
He was the Company Commander not the young subbie
 
#16
wellyhead said:
He was the Company Commander not the young subbie
Correct. The subbie was packing for a course (PCBC) in the final episode and holding forth about everything he was going to do on the course. Unfortunately he failed the APFT on the first day and was RTU'd.
 

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