This is NOT how fraz­zled Army wives look, Jes­sica

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

IN OUR trans­gen­der, met­ro­sex­ual era, it gets harder and harder to re­mem­ber what men and women used to be like. For me, the new BBC Sun­day night soap opera The Last Post is al­most unwatchable. In 1960s Aden, did the Royal Military Po­lice re­ally look like male mod­els dressed up as park­ing war­dens? Did their ha­rassed, fraz­zled wives re­ally look as if they had spent all af­ter­noon at the Aden branch of Vi­dal Sas­soon, as Jes­sica Raine does?

If you want a real, poignant true-life drama about male and fe­male courage, sto­icism, pa­tri­o­tism and grief, turn in­stead to the amaz­ing se­ries on the Viet­nam War, screened ab­surdly late on Mon­day nights on BBC4. It is, among other things, as­ton­ish­ingly fair.

More than once, while watch­ing this rare ex­am­ple of real, se­ri­ous tele­vi­sion, I have found my­self weep­ing. If we would only learn from this ter­ri­ble episode, how much hap­pier we would be.

Yet to­day’s gov­ern­ments be­have as if they had never heard of it.

Once the BBC would have screened this in prime time. Now it lacks the char­ac­ter or courage.

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