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Dig­gers back from over­seas read­just in Fight­ing Sea­son

Only a hand­ful of small fam­i­lies are present at a near-de­serted air­port in 2010 to wel­come home their loved ones – sol­diers who’ve been serv­ing in the of­ten night­mar­ish war in Afghanistan. Cel­e­bra­tions for the home­com­ing are muted and som­bre as the pla­toon is touch­ing down on home soil just 48 hours af­ter their boss Ted was killed in ac­tion on a trou­bled mis­sion.

Mys­tery sur­rounds Ted’s (Ewen Les­lie) demise be­cause an army cul­ture of stoic self-sacri ce, the pol­i­tics of war and the bonds of mate­ship forged in war zones all serve to pre­vent the truth of the in­ci­dent from be­ing re­vealed. Th­ese bar­ri­ers also threaten to cor­rode the sol­diers’ re­la­tion­ships and civil­ian lives – and even the strong­est of mar­riages are at risk­ing of un­rav­el­ling. Each of the troop­ers grasps frag­ments of the truth, while seem­ingly striv­ing to hide a ter­ri­ble se­cret. Maybe it was the horri c na­ture of Ted’s death – was he mur­dered? TVS

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