A Game of Soldiers (1990)


First transmitted in 1990, this is a film about the psychology of warfare and killing – what it takes to kill.


It includes interviews with soldiers who have killed in the Falklands and other wars.

Two ex-Paras and an ex-Gunner, now a mercenary, describe their experiences of combat and, with input from a specialist psychologist, reflect on consequences for society of training men to kill for us.


Everyman is a British television documentary series that aired on BBC One in a late-night slot on Sunday evenings between 1977 and 2000. Its subject matter tended to be focused on moral and religious issues, often in the form of a film in which individuals would discuss their thoughts.

One edition from 1990, A Game of Soldiers concerned a group of soldiers exploring their feelings about being trained to kill.

Throughout much of its time on air, series of Everyman aired alternately with Heart of the Matter, a debate series which featured somewhat similar topics. Both series were cancelled in the 2000s after the BBC revamped the output of its religious programming.

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter(s):
  • Director(s):
  • Producer(s): Jane Drabble (Everyman Series Editor).
  • Writer(s): .
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  • Production: Forge Productions and Everyman (BBC).
  • Distributor(s): BBC One.
  • Release Date: 06 May 1990.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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