Our Brave Boys

Light drama series about a high-flying civil servant who is posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

Episodes

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Bill, George and Brian discover the true price of peace, when various parts of the military are 'outsourced'. Episode 6 of 6.

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MoD workers George and Bill are tired of making government excuses to the armed forces. With Martin Jarvis. From October 2001.

MoD workers George and Bill are tired of making government excuses to the armed forces.

George and Bill are fed up of making government excuses to the armed forces.

Martin Jarvis stars. George and Bill are fed up of making government excuses to the armed forces. Episode 1 of 4.

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Zelda launches an anti-moonlighting campaign. MOD comedy with Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw. From November 2001.

Zelda launches an anti-moonlighting campaign. MOD comedy with Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw

Zelda launches an anti-moonlighting campaign.

MoD comedy with Fiona Shaw, Peter Capaldi and Martin Jarvis. This week Zelda launches an anti-moonlighting campaign. Episode 2 of 4.

Martin Jarvis stars in this intriguing peek into the Ministry of Defence's Press Office. Episode 2 of 4.

Martin Jarvis stars in this intriguing peak into the Ministry of Defence's Press Office.

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The MOD has to make cuts and the navy, army and air force are all looking vulnerable. Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw.

The MOD has to make cuts and the navy, army and air force are all looking vulnerable.

Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw.

The MoD has to make cuts, and each service is vulnerable.

Politics comes uncomfortably close to home for Colonel George.

The MoD has to make cuts, and each service is vulnerable. Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw. Episode 3 of 4.

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The Ministry of Defence civil servants must tackle an empty housing crisis.

Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw.

This week: what to do with empty houses?

Martin Jarvis stars in this tale of Defence Ministry clerics - this week; what to do with empty houses.

Martin Jarvis stars in this tale of Defence Ministry clerics - this week, what to do with empty houses? Episode 4 of 4.

Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw star in this tale of Defence Ministry staff. This week: what to do with empty houses? Episode 4 of 4.

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There is to be a new bank holiday - but can the boys agree which military event it should commemorate? Martin Jarvis stars.

We discover the connection between a proposed new bank holiday, George's mother-in-law, and the father-in-law of Moses.

  • chief petty officer grieves....Peter Capaldi
  • colonel george....Martin Jarvis
  • commander bill....christopher godwin
  • wing commander bryan....christopher neame
  • zelda....Fiona Shaw

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    Brass nuts and Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy crop up in another tale of the MoD's clerical front line.

    Martin Jarvis stars.

    The second episode of Christopher Lee's Ministry of Defence comedy drama investigates the existence of eighty three million pounds' worth of brass nuts with no bolts, and why the RAF has enough spare fuel tanks to last four hundred and forty years.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw Col.

    George....Martin Jarvis Wing Cdr.

    Bryan....Christopher Neame Cdr.

    Bill....Christopher Godwin CPO Grieves....Peter Capaldi Produced by Rosalind Ayres.

    Directed by Pete Atkin.

    Brass nuts and Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy crop up in another tale of the MoD's clerical front line. Martin Jarvis stars.

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    Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate?

    Someone has to take on the delicate task of supporting the Minister at an arms sales exhibition.

    The Ministry of Defence - from the viewpoint of its pen pushers.

    Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate? Martin Jarvis stars.

    The Ministry of Defence from the viewpoint of its pen pushers. Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate? Martin Jarvis stars.

    The Ministry of Defence - from the viewpoint of its pen pushers. Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate? Martin Jarvis stars. Episode 3 of 5.

    The Ministry of Defence - from the viewpoint of its pen pushers. Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate? Martin Jarvis stars. Episode 3 of 5.

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    Problems of recruitment, broken legs and the Queen's tea party dominate life at the clerical end of the MOD.

    Problems of recruitment, broken legs and the Queen's tea party dominate life at the clerical end of the MOD. With Martin Jarvis. Episode 4 of 5.

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    The new 'people's honours' list causes Bill and George a few headaches.

    Martin Jarvis stars.

    Bryan's ability to get hold of the right end of a stick is tested to the limit, and a creative suggestion is made as to who should receive the gratitude of the nation.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw Col.

    George....Martin Jarvis Wing Cdr.

    Bryan....Christopher Neame Cdr.

    Bill....Christopher Godwin CPO Grieves....Peter Capaldi.

    The Ministry of Defence - from the pen pusher's end.

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    Can it really be true that the MoD is taking UFOs seriously? And is Bryan really the right man to take charge of the secret file?

    Can it really be true that the MoD is taking the UFOs seriously? And is Bryan the right man to take charge of the secret file? Episode 1 of 6.

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    For once, Colonel George's fondness for hunting overlaps with the interests of the Ministry of Defence.

    And for once, Grieves's normal discretion deserts him, leaving Zelda, for once, non-plussed.

    For once, Colonel George's fondness for hunting overlaps with the interests of the Ministry of Defence. Episode 2 of 6.

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    Plans are afoot for Zelda's department to join the move back into the Ministry of Defence main building.

    Plans are afoot for Zelda's department to join the move back into the Ministry of Defence main building in the spring, and the new regulations on office flora look like changing everyone's outlook.

    Plans are afoot for Zelda's department to join the move back into the Ministry of Defence main building. Episode 3 of 6.

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    The imminent arrival of an official visit of the French defence minister poses several tricky diplomatic problems.

    The imminent arrival on an official visit of the French defence minister poses several tricky diplomatic problems to which entertaining him on board HMS Victory may not be the answer.

    The imminent arrival of an official visit of the French defence minister poses several tricky diplomatic problems. Episode 4 of 6.

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    If no-one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System will comprise of, how can anyone say what it's going to cost?

    If no-one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System will comprise of, how can anyone say what it's going to cost? Episode 4 of 6.

    If no one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System is going to comprise, how can anyone be sure of what it's going to cost? And will there be enough left over for a hair trimmer?

    If no-one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System will comprise of, how can anyone say what it's going to cost? Episode 5 of 6.

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    Bill, George and Brian discover the true price of peace, when various parts of the military are 'outsourced'.

    Zelda has rashly bought the world's smallest radio from Bryan, but is suffering from having to have it surgically removed from her ear, which means that the ear in question is less than ideally sympathetic to Bryan's radical thoughts on improving the MOD's finances.

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    With the general election in the air, should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government?

    The general election is in the air.

    Should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government?

    There's a general election in the wind and the Opposition is now asking questions.

    The problem is, should Zelda and the Boys provide both sides with the same answers? And what has all this to do with cheese?

    With the general election in the air, should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government? Episode 1 of 6.

    The general election is in the air. Should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government? Episode 1 of 6.

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    The Ministry of Defence's office move may be imminent, but that doesn't explain why Bryan seems to want to become a student.

    The Ministry of Defence's office move may be imminent, but that doesn't begin to explain why Zelda, as a high-flying civil servant, should suddenly start using obscure naval terminology, or why Bryan seems to want to become a student.

    The Ministry of Defence's office move may be imminent, but that doesn't explain why Bryan seems to want to become a student. Episode 2 of 6.

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    Instead of thinking about how to deal with the announcement of major cuts in all the defence services, Bryan is preoccupied with an idea which will assist Zelda in her wedding plans.

    The only problem is that Zelda has no plans for any wedding, while the Ministry of Defence has all too many plans.

    Instead of thinking about how to deal with the announcement of major cuts in all defence services, Bryan is preoccupied. Episode 3 of 6.

    Instead of thinking about how to deal with the announcement of major cuts in all defence services, Bryan is preocccupied. Episode 3 of 6.

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    Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues.

    Normally it shouldn't be too hard to distinguish between guns designed for a new fighter aircraft and bottles of vintage coffee product, but Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues.

    Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues. Episode 4 of 6.

    Christopher Lee's topical and unnervingly accurate comedy drama set in the Ministry of Defence, where officers from each of the armed services find themselves uncomfortably under the command of civil servant Zelda.

    4/6. Camping it Up

    Normally it shouldn't be too hard to distinguish between guns designed for a new fighter aircraft and bottles of vintage coffee product, but Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Directed by Pete Atkin.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

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    Could the Red Arrows really be facing their last flight? Bryan wants to prove he isn't as stupid as people think by saving them.

    With more defence cuts in the offing, it becomes harder and harder to justify some aspects of military spending such as the Red Arrows, but elaborate plans for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar seem to be off limits.

    Could the Red Arrows really be facing their last flight? Bryan wants to prove he isn't as stupid as people think by saving them. Episode 5 of 6.

    Christopher Lee's topical and unnervingly accurate comedy drama set in the Ministry of Defence, where officers from each of the armed services find themselves uncomfortably under the command of civil servant Zelda.

    5/6. Oompahs and Camels

    With more defence cuts in the offing, it becomes harder and harder to justify some aspects of military spending such as the Red Arrows, but elaborate plans for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar seem to be off limits.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Directed by Pete Atkin.

    Afternoon

    Morning

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    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration is taking attention away from vital concerns.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration takes attention away from vital concerns.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th celebration is taking attention away from more vital concerns.

    There are some in the Ministry of Defence who feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th anniversary celebration is designed to draw attention away from more important concerns about the future of the military.

    But the one might provide our brave boys with an opportunity to do something about the other.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th celebration is taking attention away from more vital concerns. Episode 6 of 6.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration takes attention away from vital concerns. Episode 6 of 6.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration is taking attention away from vital concerns. Episode 6 of 6.

    Christopher Lee's topical and unnervingly accurate comedy drama set in the Ministry of Defence, where officers from each of the armed services find themselves uncomfortably under the command of civil servant Zelda.

    6/6. Hello Sailor

    There are some in the Ministry of Defence who feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th anniversary celebration is designed to draw attention away from more important concerns about the future of the military. But the one might provide our brave boys with an opportunity to do something about the other.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Directed by Pete Atkin.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

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    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion.

    But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    Can it really be true that in future there won't be a First Sea Lord? And why should a choice of biscuits be superior to cake?

  • chief petty officer grieves....peter capaldi
  • colonel george....Martin Jarvis
  • commander bill....christopher godwin
  • directed by - Pete Atkin
  • wing commander bryan....christopher neame
  • zelda....fiona shaw
  • produced by.... - rosalind ayres

    Christopher Lee's comedy drama series about a high-flying civil servant, played by Fiona Shaw, who is posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion. But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    1/6. The Last New First

    Can it really be true that in future there won't be a First Sea Lord? And why should a choice of biscuits be superior to cake?

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

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    Where did the idea of Personnel of Medically Enhanced Capability come from? And could it ever be anything other than science fiction? Is there any connection with the pills which Bryan seems anxious Zelda should take?

    0503The Nuclear Option20051205

    With only a few weeks to go in their Ministry of Defence assignments, there is still nevertheless a serious job to be done by Zelda's boys.

    But Christmas is approaching, and it may once again provide the opportunity to bury some bad news.

    Christopher Lee's comedy drama series about a high-flying civil servant (Fiona Shaw) posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion. But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    3/6. The Nuclear Option

    With only a few weeks to go in their Ministry of Defence assignments, there is still nevertheless a serious job to be done by Zelda's boys. But Christmas is approaching, and it may once again provide the opportunity to bury some bad news.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Director Pete Atkin.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

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    Christmas is rolling inexorably nearer, as is the end of Zelda's Ministry of Defence assignment.

    But why should Bryan be so keen to have decorations in the office? And could soldiers really be at risk of losing limbs as a result of vibration in tanks? Will the latest Health and Safety Directive answer either of these questions?

    Christopher Lee's comedy drama series about a high-flying civil servant (Fiona Shaw) posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion. But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    4/6. Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Christmas is rolling inexorably nearer, as is the end of Zelda's Ministry of Defence assignment. But why should Bryan be so keen to have decorations in the office? And could soldiers really be at risk of losing limbs as a result of vibration in tanks? Will the latest Health and Safety Directive answer either of these questions?

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Director Pete Atkin.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

    0505The Season Of Giving20051219

    End-of-appointment time is looming at the Ministry of Defence, and thoughts of new postings and possible promotions are even crowding out thoughts of Christmas.

    Could that account for Zelda's change of heart over Bryan's seasonable request?

    Christopher Lee's comedy drama series about a high-flying civil servant (Fiona Shaw) posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion. But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    5/6. The Season of Giving

    End-of-appointment time is looming at the Ministry of Defence, and thoughts of new postings and possible promotions are even crowding out thoughts of Christmas. Could that account for Zelda's change of heart over Bryan's seasonable request?

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Director Pete Atkin.

    Producer Rosalind Ayres.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening

    0506 LASTPay Day20051226

    The inevitable must be faced at the Ministry of Defence by Zelda's Brave Boys, who are due to return to their respective service careers.

    They are each hoping for promotion, but will the consequences of Bryan's mistletoe experience have an impact on his chances? Will George get his brigade? Will Bill get his ship? Will Zelda have got what she wanted for Christmas?

    Christopher Lee's comedy drama series about a high-flying civil servant (Fiona Shaw) posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion. But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    6/6. Pay Day

    The inevitable must be faced at the Ministry of Defence by Zelda's Brave Boys, who are due to return to their respective service careers. They are each hoping for promotion, but will the consequences of Bryan's mistletoe experience have an impact on his chances? Will George get his brigade? Will Bill get his ship? Will Zelda have got what she wanted for Christmas?

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw

    Colonel George....Martin Jarvis

    Wing Commander Bryan....Christopher Neame

    Commander Bill....Christopher Godwin

    Chief Petty Officer Grieves....Peter Capaldi

    Director Pete Atkin.

    Producer Rosalind Ayres.

    Afternoon

    Morning

    Evening