Our Girl – Nepal Tour

BBC1, 9pm

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - THE TV PAGES -

With fe­male sol­diers now per­mit­ted to serve on the front line for the first time in mod­ern Bri­tish mil­i­tary his­tory, there is a com­pelling drama to be made about the rapidly chang­ing role of women in to­day’s Army – but Our Girl isn’t it, de­spite ini­tially show­ing prom­ise when the hero­ine was played by Lacey Turner, be­fore Michelle Kee­gan took over.

It’s grad­u­ally de­gen­er­ated into a glo­ri­fied soap opera that uses the trau­matic life-and-death mo­ments of con­flicts as lit­tle more than a back­drop for the melo­drama of the reg­u­lar char­ac­ters.

As the third se­ries be­gins, we’re plunged into an un­con­vinc­ing recre­ation of the Syr­ian con­flict, where Ge­orgie (Kee­gan, above) is part of a des­per­ate res­cue mis­sion that re­veals the dan­ger­ous un­pre­dictabil­ity of a hot-headed new re­cruit, Maisie. Af­ter the two are next sent out on a hu­man­i­tar­ian res­cue mis­sion in Nepal, Ge­orgie finds ro­mance be­fore lives are on the line once more. ★★★★★

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