Wounded; BBC 1, 9pm & 10.35pm.(23-09-09)

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Also repeated on BBC3 Friday at 2100Hrs.
Apologies if already done.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/tv/todays-tv/2009/09/23/pick-of-the-day-wounded-bbc-1-9pm-10-35pm-115875-21693231/



Eight minutes into this documentary I had to switch it off and have a good cry. That’s how powerfully it hits you.

But not as powerfully as the improvised explosive device that almost killed Andy Allen in July 2008.

When news bulletins tell us that a soldier has been wounded in Afghanistan our minds protect us from the worst.

We imagine, perhaps, a soldier with his arm in a sling. It’s OK, we think. He’s not dead, he’s just wounded.

This harrowing film leaves you in no doubt about what the reality is more likely to be.

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As 19-year-old Andy arrives at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham he is still heavily sedated.

“You’re doing absolutely smashing,” the nurses reassure him.

A blatant lie. Andy’s right leg was blown off, his eyes were so badly burned he is blind. After infection sets in, doctors are forced to amputate his other leg, too.

Another of the 65 British casualties seriously injured in Afghanistan last year is Tom Neathway, who lost both legs and an arm to an Improvised Explosive Device.

His spirit is incredible. “I’d rather it happened to me than to one of my mates and they got killed,” he says.

This is the first time that the MoD has let a film crew follow a soldier’s treatment and rehabilitation, and film-maker Sara Hardy hasn’t squandered the opportunity.

Her film is unflinching, horrific and unbearably tragic.
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