A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Military outpost life, colonialism, insurgencies, and politics are all themes. Representations of non-whites border on stereotypical.
Positive Role Models
Some soldiers are more intellectually driven than others. Not all the military wives meet the expectations placed on them.
Violence & Scariness
People get shot, blown up, and killed. Blood, weapons visible. Prisoners shown hooded in a torture chamber.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo, including some simulated sexual activity. Extramarital affairs and pregnancy are plot points.
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Curses like "f--k" are sometimes uttered.
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Products & Purchases
Vogue, BP (British Petroleum), BOAC, and other past and present British-specific brands visible or referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As was typical of the time, cigarette smoking and drinking (beer, hard liquor) is frequent. Drunken behavior visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Post is a British historical drama about life in one of the oldest British-controlled colonies. It's full of strong content, including military violence (shootings, explosions, burned bodies, bloody corpses, etc.), strong sexual innuendo (including simulated sex acts), and occasional cursing. Drinking (beer, hard liquor) and drunken behavior are visible. As was typical of the time, cigarette smoking is constant. Representations of the native population in Aden are not well-rounded; the show focuses primarily on the white colonists.
Is It Any Good?
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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