Bad Lad’s Army (2002): S01E01


Lads’ Army (consequently known as Bad Lads’ Army, Bad Lads’ Army: Officer Class and Bad Lads’ Army: Extreme) was a reality game show that constituted a historically derived social experiment.

Shown on ITV, the series was based on the premise of subjecting today’s delinquent young men to the conditions of conscripts to British Army National Service of the 1950s to see if this could rehabilitate them.


30 modern English young males volunteer, bravely or naively, as recruits in the Essex regiment 1950s style for weeks of ‘basic training’ by though modern war veterans, who have bee rigorously briefed about the old days paternalistic style. The boys suffer constant scolding and incessant demands, paternalism down to hygiene below the belt, and ‘generous’ punishments. They are divided into two platoon squads, whose corporals rival over their backs in very imaginable detail for the lieutenant’s praise.

Bad Lad’s Army Series

You can find a full index and overview of Bad Lad’s Army here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 03 June 2002.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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