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SUN­day 8 Oc­to­ber, 9.00pm bbc1 Drama

In 1960s Aden, army wife Mary Markham (for­mer EastEn­ders star Amanda Drew) goes into labour while hus­band Ma­jor Harry Markham (Ben Miles) as­sists with an SAS mis­sion. Mean­while, Martha Franklin (Essie Davis) catches the eye of Lance Cor­po­ral Stone­ham (Louis Greatorex).

As Honor tries to be the per­fect wife, trou­ble is brew­ing…

the last post Sun­day, 9.00pm

BBC1 Drama

Naive new­ly­wed Honor was full of ex­cite­ment when she first landed in Aden with hus­band Cap­tain Joe Martin in BBC1’s 1960s-set drama The Last Post. But this week, she’s forced to face up to tough re­al­i­ties when she comes across a scor­pion!

Luck­ily her fun-lov­ing fel­low mil­i­tary wife Ali­son Laith­waite (Jes­sica Raine) saves the day and whisks her off to the BP Club for a day of sun­bathing.

‘Honor wants to soak up this ad­ven­ture,’ says War & Peace star Jessie Buck­ley, who plays her. ‘Through her friend­ships, she re­alises what is needed to sur­vive the bru­tal­ity of a war zone, while hold­ing on to her open heart full of hope.’

Storm clouds

Hus­band Joe (Jeremy Neu­mark Jones) dis­ap­proves of Ali­son, but he has far big­ger prob­lems. He and the mil­i­tary po­lice put them­selves in dan­ger when, with glam­orous re­porter Martha Franklin (Essie Davis) in tow, they try to track down in­sur­gent leader Ab­dul-Kadir Hakim (Ay­men Ham­douchi). Will ev­ery­one make it back in one piece?

Mean­while, back at base, Honor is try­ing to cre­ate the per­fect home, but storm clouds are gath­er­ing…

‘These women held huge re­spon­si­bil­ity in be­ing the emo­tional back­bone to the men risk­ing their lives,’ says Jessie. ‘But lit­tle does Honor know she will soon be hit with lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion.’

Labour of love… Mary and Harry face very dif­fer­ent chal­lenges

Show­ing the strain… Cap­tain Joe Martin and wife Honor Wed­ded bliss… Joe and Honor ar­rive full of hope

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