Parents' Guide to

The Last Post

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

So-so British historical drama about life in the colonies.

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This soapy series' biggest skill is re-creating a period of British history that many people today are unfamiliar with. Inspired by show creator Peter Moffat's childhood memories of his father's tour of duty in Tanzania, it attempts to show what military outpost life was like in the midst of the Radfan Uprising (1963-67), which resulted in Yemen's independence. It also highlights the complicated duties of the Royal Military Police (who serve as both soldiers and police officers), army politics, and the cultural norms of military life.

However, due to less-than-great writing and improbable dialogue,The Last Post fails to reach its full potential. Some of the stories are underdeveloped and fail to capture the essence of what life was like in Britain's more remote colonial outposts. Plus, the caricature-like representations of the local population are troubling and problematic. Viewers may find some entertainment value in the series, but it falls short of delivering a thoughtful story.

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