Soldiers of the Royal Wessex Rangers face dangerous tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and difficult times back home with alienated families and uncomprehending friends.




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Series cast summary:
Stafford Gordon Stafford Gordon ...  Company Sgt. Major Gilby 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Roy Holder ...  Sgt. Bilinski / ... 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Gordon Case Gordon Case ...  Private Mayhoe 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Peter Turner Peter Turner ...  Private Adams / ... 16 episodes, 1978-1981
Robin Davies Robin Davies ...  Corporal Box 14 episodes, 1978-1981
George Sweeney ...  Private Twiss / ... 13 episodes, 1978-1979
Charles Cork ...  Private Gadd 13 episodes, 1978-1979
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ...  Lieutenant Pickering / ... 11 episodes, 1979-1981
Pik Sen Lim ...  Tsai Adams 10 episodes, 1978-1981


Soldiers of the Royal Wessex Rangers face dangerous tours of duty in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and difficult times back home with alienated families and uncomprehending friends.

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18 July 1978 (UK) See more »

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Spearhead in Germany See more »

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Southern Television See more »
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Excellent But Forgotten
7 April 2012 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

Like the other reviews, I agree that Spearhead was an excellent drama. I had patchy memories of it, at least the first series, since I had not seen it since broadcast and I was 11/12 years old. Thanks to a certain video posting site, I'm going through series 1.

What strikes you is a realism and for something that must have had a degree of Ministry Of Defence cooperation, the often uncompromising subjects. (The vehicles, the kit, some of the facilities possibly too, the way the actors are totally convincing as soldiers, none of the equipment would be 'surplus'. Those Humber 'Pig' armoured vehicles were so vital in Northern Ireland the Army were getting them out of store, buying back from private collectors and even rescuing from scrapyards in the early/mid 70's).

The N.I. set episodes build up tension very well, no mass shoot 'em up here, more often just waiting for something bad to happen.

I also agree that Soldier Soldier was a mere soap compared to Spearhead, I soon gave up on it.

The mid/late 70's had some of the best of British drama, Spearhead included.

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