Our Girl TV Series Overview


Introduction

Our Girl is a British television military drama series, written and created by Tony Grounds, first broadcast on BBC One on 24 March 2013.

The series initially starred Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes, a young working-class woman, who joins the British Army after deciding her life is going down the drain. Following the feature-length pilot episode, a full series of five episodes was commissioned, commencing broadcast on 21 September 2014.

Turner left her role after the first series, and was replaced by Michelle Keegan as the lead character, Lance Corporal Georgie Lane. The second five-episode series began airing on 07 September 2016. An extended third series, comprising 12 episodes, was commissioned in 2017. The first four episodes, known as the Nepal Tour, began broadcasting on 10 October 2017. The remaining eight episodes aired consecutively from 05 June 2018, with Olly Rix joining the cast as new special forces Captain “Bones” McClyde.

In January 2019, it was confirmed by the BBC that Keegan would return for a fourth series of six parts; she also announced that this would be her last series. It began broadcasting on 24 March 2020. Following Keegan’s departure, it was announced in August 2020 that Tony Grounds and the BBC had decided that series 4 of Our Girl would be the last and the show concluded.

Outline

Pilot (2013)

18-year-old Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner), who lives in the East End of London, decides to join the army, deciding her life has no purpose on discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Encouraged only by the manager of the recruitment office, Sergeant Lamont (Paul Fox), she initially keeps her decision a secret from her family, which consists of her controlling father Dave (Sean Gallagher) and doting mother Belinda (Kerry Godliman). When the truth is exposed, Dave demands she changes her mind, threatening to disown her if she does not; leaving her to make the heartbreaking decision to step away as she heads off to training camp. Here, Corporal Geddings (Matthew McNulty) initially doubts Molly’s merits as a potential soldier, but she strives to prove herself and eventually earns the respect of her peers, even reuniting with her mother Belinda when she visits her to apologise for Dave’s actions.

Series 01 (2014)

Molly has completed training as a Combat Medical Technician. She is deployed to Afghanistan attached to a British Army infantry section based from a small UK/ANA shared FOB somewhere in Helmand. She arrives at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan alongside her new team, 2 Section, who are all men. She is disconcerted when she discovers that an ex-flame, Dylan “Smurf” Smith (Iwan Rheon), belongs to her new section, and gets off on the wrong foot with haughty team leader Captain Charles James (Ben Aldridge), a hailed war hero. On arrival in Afghanistan, Molly fights to prove herself to the men around her while also offering compassion to the locals, including 11-year-old Afghan girl Bashira (Becky Eggersglusz), giving herself an understanding of what it is like to be a civilian caught up in the Taliban’s war.

Series 02 (2016)

Lance Corporal Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan) is dispatched on a humanitarian tour to Kenya with 2 Section, and she quickly becomes involved in the activities of a terrorist group. Georgie’s ex-fiancé, Elvis (Luke Pasqualino), a special forces officer in the Special Air Service, frequently attempts to regain her trust after jilting her at the altar on their wedding day several years previously. However, Georgie now has a new boyfriend, Dr. Jamie Cole (Royce Pierreson). Molly has been written out of the story, having returned to Afghanistan for a short tour off-screen. It is briefly mentioned by Captain James that he and Molly are now married.

Series 03, Part 01 (2017)

Georgie, now a Corporal, is dispatched alongside 2 Section on a humanitarian mission to Nepal following an earthquake. 2 Section discover a group responsible for trafficking children, connected to the Taliban, which sends them on a covert mission in the heart of Afghanistan supporting special forces. Captain James struggles with the point of British involvement in Afghanistan, and Elvis is desperate to get Georgie back. However, she is uninterested and meets a Nepalese engineer, Milan (Rudi Dharmalingam), whom she takes a shine to. Meanwhile, romance between the two new privates of 2 Section, Maisie (Shalom Brune-Franklin) and Rab (Harki Bhambra), blossoms.

Series 03, Part 02 (2018)

Following Elvis’s death, Georgie returns to duty as 2 Section are deployed to Nigeria to help the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram. But when she goes in search of a group of missing children, who are suspected of having been trafficked out of the country, she is kidnapped and held hostage by a group of Boko Haram rebels. Undercover Special Forces Captain “Bones” McClyde (Olly Rix), who has spent the last six months infiltrating Boko Haram, is forced to break cover in order to save Georgie. Later, 2 Section find themselves in Belize for a jungle training exercise. But when Captain James is severely injured by a bandit trap, Georgie is forced to put all her skills into action in a desperate attempt to save him. In Bangladesh, 2 Section are called to assist local police inspector Chowdrey (Navin Chowdhry) and his wife Barsha (Farzana Dua Elahe) who are running a refugee camp for thousands forced to flee from their war-torn villages, but Georgie soon begins to suspect the inspector of being involved in the trafficking of prostitutes and drug smuggling.

Series 04 (2020)

On 22 January 2019 it was confirmed by the BBC press office that Michelle Keegan would return for a six-part fourth series shooting in April, airing sometime in 2020. On 13 January 2020, Keegan announced that she had quit the role of Georgie and that this would be her final series. The BBC later confirmed that the show would not continue for a fifth series. in Early March it was announced the fourth series would start airing on 24 March 2020.

This season Georgie returns as a sergeant. As 2 Section prepares to return to Afghanistan, Georgie is happy to focus on her training role in the UK and send trainee medic Mimi in her place – especially as she is privately haunted by thoughts of Elvis’s death. But with Mimi’s confidence dipping after some complex training exercises, Georgie is compelled to return to Afghanistan to support the new recruits. In Kabul, she is pleasantly surprised at how Afghanistan has changed. But on the way to a local hospital in Kabul, she and some of the section are caught up in a suicide attack targeted at Dr Bahil, the hospital administrator and a candidate in upcoming local elections. Georgie learns that the attack was orchestrated by Aatan Omar – Elvis’s killer – who is still at large. Meanwhile, the newest members of 2 Section bed in: Prof, an ex-teacher with a painful past; Throbber, the section’s clown, who has some growing up to do; and Sandy, their new commanding officer, who is determined to show them who’s in charge. Mimi, meanwhile, harbours a secret about her home life.

Cast

  • 2 Section:
    • Lacey Turner as Private Molly Dawes, MC (pilot-series 1).
    • Michelle Keegan as Lance Corporal/Corporal/Sergeant Georgie Lane (series 2-4).
    • Will Attenborough as Second Lieutenant Oliver ‘Sandy’ Hurst (series 4).
    • Ben Aldridge as Captain Charles James (series 1-3).
    • Danny Hatchard as Private Rhett ‘Cheese’ Charlton (series 4).
    • Amy-Leigh Hickman as Mimi Saunders (series 4).
    • Nico Mirallegro as Private “Prof” Grant (series 4).
    • Kaine Zajaz as Private Kane “Throbber” Wolfe (series 4).
    • Simon Lennon as Private Harry “Brains” Wiggerty (series 1-3).
    • Sean Ward as Private Frankie “Fingers” Stille (series 1-4).
    • Sean Sagar as Private Jaiden “Monk” Montgomery (series 2-4).
    • Rolan Bell as Colour Sergeant “Kingy” King (series 2-4).
    • Harki Bhambra as Private Rab Kalil (series 3).
    • Shalom Brune-Franklin as Private Maisie Richards (series 3).
    • Patrick McNamee as Private Jason “Ruby” Curry (series 3).
    • John Michie as Brigadier (series 3).
    • Dominic Jephcott as Brigadier (series 4).
    • Adam Astill as Major Beck (series 1).
    • Iwan Rheon as Private Dylan “Smurf” Smith (series 1).
    • Lawrence Walker as Private “Dangleberries” (series 1-2).
    • Nick Preston as Private Mike “Mansfield Mike” Cheam (series 1-2).
    • Arinze Kene as Corporal “Eggy” Kinders (series 1).
    • Charley Palmer Rothwell as Private “Baz Vegas” (series 1).
    • Ade Oyefeso as Private “Nude-Nut” (series 1).
  • Special Forces:
    • Luke Pasqualino as Captain Elvis Harte (series 2-3).
    • Olly Rix as Captain “Bones” McClyde (series 3).
    • Mark Armstrong as SFS “Spanner” (series 2-4).
    • Dwane Walcott as SFS “Peanut” (series 3).
    • Ashley Houston as SFS “Dyno” (series 3).
    • Jed O’Hagan as SFS “Spunky” (series 2).
    • Jack Parry Jones as SFS “Jackson” (series 2-4).
    • Ben Batt as SFS “Blue” (series 3-4).
  • Families:
    • Kerry Godliman as Belinda Dawes (pilot-series 1).
    • Sean Gallagher as Dave Dawes (pilot-series 1).
    • Mimi Keene as Jade Dawes (pilot-series 1).
    • Sean Gilder as Max Lane (series 2-4).
    • Angela Lonsdale as Grace Lane (series 2-4).
    • Linzey Cocker as Marie Lane (series 2-4).
    • Molly Wright as Lulu Lane (series 2).
    • Royce Pierreson as Dr. Jamie Cole (series 2).
  • Army:
    • Matthew McNulty as Corporal Geddings; British Army (pilot).
    • Fiona Skinner as Corporal Richards; British Army (pilot).
    • Kirsty Averton as Private Jackie Aston; British Army (series 1).
  • Alliances (Army):
    • Jonas Khan as Captain Azizi; Afghan National Army (series 1, 3).
    • Tamer Burjaq as Sohail; Afghan National Army (series 1).
    • Zubin Varla as Qaseem; British Army, Teacher (series 1).
    • Anthony Oseyemi as Captain Osman; Kenya Army (series 2).
    • Pranesh Maharaj as Major Thapa; Nepalese Army (series 3).
    • Steve Toussaint as Captain Roger Mendez; Belize Armed Forces (series 3).
    • Patrick Sithole as Adewole; Nigerian Army (series 3).
    • Hamza Jeetooa as Captain Das; Bangladesh Army (series 3).
    • Josh Bowman as (Dr.) Captain Antonio; United States Army (series 4).
    • Nebras Jamali as Cadet Poya Afghan National Army (series 4).
    • Nabil Elouahabi as Rabee Afghan National Army (series 4).
  • Alliances:
    • Yusra Warsama as Nafula – NGO (series 2).
    • Anna Tena as Kicki – NGO (series 2).
    • Rudi Dharmaling as Milan – NGO (series 3).
    • Farzana Dua Elahe as Barsha Chowdhrey – NGO (series 3).
    • Badria Timimi as Dr Bahil (series 4).
  • Main Enemies:
    • Aubrey Shelton as Badrai (series 1).
    • Michael James as Jason Raynott (series 2).
    • Sabin Basnet as Da Chand (series 3).
    • Nebras Jamali as Poya (series 4).
    • Nabil Elouahabi as Aatan/ Aaban Omar (Rabee) (series 4).
    • Kiroshan Naidoo as Zarek (series 4).
  • Others:
    • Becky Eggersglusz as Bashira (series 1).
    • Salina Shrestha as Tara (series 3).
    • Navin Chowdhry as Inspector Chowdhrey (series 3).

Release

Broadcast

The series premiered in Australia on ABC on 16 April 2015. In New Zealand, the series premiered on TVNZ on 03 May 2015. In Sweden, the series premiered on SVT on 15 June 2015. In Finland, the series premiered on Yle on 20 March 2017. On 07 April 2016 the series premiered in Germany under the title Eine Frau an der Front (A Woman on the Frontline) and in France and Belgium under the title Molly, une femme au combat (Molly: A Woman In Battle).

Reception

The feature-length pilot episode first broadcast on BBC One on 24 March 2013 at 9:00 pm. Based on official overnight figures, it gained an audience of 5.34 million viewers. Consolidated viewing increased this figure to 6.31 million. The pilot received mixed to positive reviews, with Dan Owen of MSN praising Turner’s acting and the moving storyline, while criticising some of the characterisation and “weird shortcuts in the storyline”. Sarah Crompton of The Telegraph found the pilot “compelling” but argued that “the depiction of the army – which became too obviously her surrogate family – would be better suited to a glossy advertising campaign than a television drama, glamorising both its methods and its personnel”. Audience reaction on social media website Twitter was overall positive.

Trivia

  • The location used for the Manchester University Graduation Ceremony in S02E06 is not in Manchester at all but.
    • The building used for these scenes was actually shot in The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.
  • The third series of the show was to comprise three stories of four episodes each. However, only the first story, “Nepal Tour”, was broadcast in the UK on BBC One from October 2017.
    • The next year, “Nigeria, Belize and Bangladesh Tours” consisting of the final eight episodes was broadcast from June 2018.
  • In episode five, ‘The Boss’, Captain James, gets shot in the lower right leg, but when we see him in episode six, after he gets out of the hospital, he meets ‘Molly’ in the restaurant, and it is his left leg that is in plaster.

Our Girl Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Anthony Philipson … (6 episodes, 2014-2020).
    • Jan Matthys … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Luke Snellin … (3 episodes, 2016).
    • Claire Winyard … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Richard Senior … (2 episodes, 2014).
    • Tim Fywell … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Jon Wright … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Rob Evans … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Brian Grant … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Noreen Kershaw … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Sarah O’Gorman … (2 episodes, 2018).
  • Producer(s):
    • Tony Grounds … executive producer (22 episodes, 2016-2020).
    • Caroline Skinner … executive producer / associate producer (19 episodes, 2014-2018).
    • Samantha Putter … line producer / producer: Out of Africa (18 episodes, 2017-2020).
    • Joanna Gueritz … production executive (12 episodes, 2017-2018).
    • Hilary Salmon … executive producer (9 episodes, 2018-2020).
    • Lizzie Rusbridger … producer / co-producer (8 episodes, 2018).
    • Eric Coulter … producer (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Christine Healy … Production Consultant (6 episodes, 2016).
    • Tim Whitby … producer (6 episodes, 2017-2018).
    • Yvonne Francas … producer (6 episodes, 2020).
    • Roberto Troni … executive producer (6 episodes, 2020).
    • Julie Clark … production executive (5 episodes, 2014).
    • Ken Horn … producer (5 episodes, 2014).
    • Menzies Kennedy … line producer (5 episodes, 2014).
    • Mark Murdoch … line producer (5 episodes, 2016).
    • Philippa Cole … line producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Mona Qureshi … executive producer (5 episodes, 2018).
    • Gail McQuillan … line producer: South Africa / line producer (4 episodes, 2016-2017).
    • Prem Upadhya … line producer (4 episodes, 2017).
    • Christopher Aird … executive producer (4 episodes, 2018).
    • Phillipa Cole … line producer (3 episodes, 2018).
    • Bill Donovan … producer: Malaysia (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Magen Appathurai … producer: Malaysia (1 episode, 2018).
  • Writer(s):
    • Tony Grounds … (created by) (29 episodes, 2014-2020).
    • Loren Mclaughlan … (1 episode, 2017).
    • Amy Roberts … (1 episode, 2017).
    • Kelly Jones … (1 episode, 2018).
    • Matt Evans … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Music:
    • Ben Foster … (27 episodes, 2014-2020).
  • Cinematography:
    • Lance Gewer … (12 episodes, 2017-2020).
    • Nick Dance … (5 episodes, 2014).
    • Stijn Van der Veken … (5 episodes, 2016).
    • Simon Tindall … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Giulio Biccari … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Shane Daly … (2 episodes, 2018).
  • Editor(s):
    • Joris Brouwers … (5 episodes, 2016-2018).
    • Mike Phillips … (4 episodes, 2014-2016).
    • John Blackwell … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Peter Oliver … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Chris Hunter … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Ulrike Münch … (2 episodes, 2017).
    • Jim Hampton … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • David Head … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Kyle Ogden … (2 episodes, 2018).
    • Sarah Brewerton … (1 episode, 2014).
    • Crispin Green … (1 episode, 2014).
    • Stephen Haren … (1 episode, 2014).
  • Production: BBC Drama Productions and BBC Studios.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC Drama Productions (2014) (UK) (all media).
    • BBC First (2018-2020) (Netherlands) (TV) (seasons 3 and 4).
  • Release Date: 24 March 2013 to 28 April 2020.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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