Bad Lad’s Army (2002): S01E02


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.


Corporal Murray must take charge of both sections while his colleague Nauyokas is a day on sick leave. The orphaned section does notably worse, just now both squads are supposed to get their act together competitively in view of the impending first full inspection by the platoon sergeant, who takes anything out on the section’s corporal too. The competition is taken to the absurd in everything, from getting up and hygiene to uniform, cleaning, greeting and drill, and even during meals. The sergeant proves even worse, but the padre’s mass and the NAAFI recreation after…

Bad Lad’s Army Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 05 June 2002.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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