The Street, BBC1 27Jul09 21:00

#1
Just seen an ad for an episode featuring a PTSD suffering disfigured ex soldier.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lwdb8



I think the Sheriff of Nottingham had something to do with it.

I had a search for it but couldn't see that it had been done before, I imagine it will be a crock of shite but you never know.
 
#2
I might be wrong but I think this is the 3rd episode of this series and although I don't normallly watch anything that's likely to give me either nightmares or a hard-on at that time of night, I'm captivated by it. Good acting, good story lines and Anna Friel could suck my stump if she wanted. I know what I'll be doing tonight.
 
#5
Watched the last two episodes and found both very good.
 
#6
I only caught bits of it but it was nice to see that they had got some good references to killing babies in there.
 
#7
Quite a good drama I thought, at least it raises the issues of PTSD and the sacrifices that injured soldiers make given that they news only really reports on the deaths. The killing babies ref. is the opening scene where he can't shoot the suicide bomber as she's holding her baby (just shoot, the kids gonna get it anyway!).

One thing, he admits to his mate that he joined the army to get the chance to slot someone, I've heard that before in a documentary. How many really join for that reason ?!!

Worth a watch anyway.
 
#8
Watched some, some good stuff, but sadly the usuual BBC PC spin which spoiled what could have been a decent storyline.

The helpline at the end doesn't absolve you of your responsibility.
 
#9
Saw the same type of thing since I rememmber.Read it in All quiet on the western front.Why put it on TV when nobody really REALLY watches or understands.If you are not that person you dont understand even if you were next to that bloke when something happened.Am I wrong in this.
 
#11
hillhater said:
Saw the same type of thing since I rememmber.Read it in All quiet on the western front.Why put it on TV when nobody really REALLY watches or understands.If you are not that person you dont understand even if you were next to that bloke when something happened.Am I wrong in this.
well of course no one can understand but surely the writer hopes people may in some small way gain a little understanding of and therefore sympathy for sevice personnel - I think it was a worthwhile drama
 
#13
Poppy said:
hillhater said:
Saw the same type of thing since I rememmber.Read it in All quiet on the western front.Why put it on TV when nobody really REALLY watches or understands.If you are not that person you dont understand even if you were next to that bloke when something happened.Am I wrong in this.
well of course no one can understand but surely the writer hopes people may in some small way gain a little understanding of and therefore sympathy for sevice personnel - I think it was a worthwhile drama
No it wasn't , it was a couple of valid points used as a vehicle for the beeb to be right on and PC... hence the muslim taxi driver.. when in reality the Zakat from his takings would have been used to pay for more suicide bombs.. but then again what do I know?
 
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#15
hillhater said:
Rather watch Star Trek for entertainment thanks.Seeing that wasnt entertainment.
Were you forced to watch it a gun point...or are you just a moaning faced c*nt?
 
#16
hillhater said:
Why put it on TV when nobody really REALLY watches or understands.If you are not that person you dont understand even if you were next to that bloke when something happened.Am I wrong in this.
And you base your knowledge on what exactly? How do you know if people REALLY watch a program on TV or understand the issues? Ever tried to see something from another viewpoint, put yourself in someone else's shoes? In answer to your question, yes you are.
 
#17
Biscuits_AB said:
It's on for entertainment mate, not psychoanalysis.
Actually, how much propoganda does the BBC push out disguised as entertainment?

The BEEB just HAD to put a multi cultural spin on it, why not show a wounded soldier being abused in hospital by a muslim nurse if it wanted to be really "gritty" for instance??
 
#18
i watched it and thought it was ok!!

i think the BBC tried in the first half of it to show how hard it is to be a soldier in situations like that!

but then found the second half a bit anti-forces portraying that people join the forces to slot people and then it just so happens the taxi driver was a muslim guy! who prays for him and that makes it alright! pass me the cheese!

but then found it quite shallow as it seemed all the soldier was bothered about was his loss of looks!! when his girlfriend said he was beautiful his problems dissapeared!

i think it runs a bit deeper than that in reality somehow!!

just my thought or opinion!!
 
#19
Good start, total PC tosh at the end.

It would appear to be, according to the BBC, that the cure to all PTSD is to be run over by a Muslime, get married to a babe who has stood by you after you trash her flat and to fall out with your psycho mate who you put right in the bogs as he only joined up to "slot rag heads"

Total b0llocks, Jonas should have stuck to trying to kill The Sheriff.
 
#20
I like the series ... quite gritty.

An episode with a wounded soldier returned from Afghanistan was always going to be controversial particularly in this forum. Like a lot of their drama based on the forces, the BBC are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

I didn't think it was anti soldier; the whole dialogue regarding the army attracting "nutters who just want to slot someone" was from a guy playing the part of a seriously wounded soldier who was emotionally distressed.

As for the muslim taxi driver being the good guy in the end, why not? You could expect the opposite in a drama with the soldier facing abuse from a mmber of the muslim community but in reality that is just a small section of the faith.

Being shallow because he felt he had lost his good looks and maybe everyone would see him as a freak? That aint shallow ... talk to anyone who has been traumatically wounded. It's an underlying condition that you need to address on a very personal level.

Sadly this episode (like all of them) was only an hour long and in that respect would be difficult to portray the incredibly long journey of recovery.

My opinion is all, but I thought the programme did a reasonable job.
 

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