The Real Redcaps (2003): S01E04


A 2003 documentary about the British Army’s military police force.


As the Gulf War approaches, the men and women of 156 Provost Company are training in earnest.

The 156 Pro Coy, based in Colchester, plans to be among the first into Iraq, travelling with the fighting soldiers of 6 Para. As they practice helicopter drops commanding officer, Major Bryn Parry Jones tells us that the threat of chemical weapons is uppermost in everyone’s minds.

Meanwhile, in MCTC, the Glasshouse commandant warns the Board of Prison Visitors of the effect that war will have on life inside.

Colonel Matt Van Grutten organises an exercise for the detainees to ensure their military training is up to date as many will be deployed to the Gulf on release.

The exercise is unprecedented as 150 servicemen under sentence are allowed out of the gates, fully armed, to spend two days fighting mock battles in the woods around the firing range.

The Real Redcaps Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Real Redcaps here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s): Robson Green.
  • Release Date: 12 August 2003.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.


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