What are the main targets this time? It’s a lot to pack in to one hour.
1. Self inflicted wounds, therefore potential death sentence for cowardice; “Our feelings will do him no good at all – not now”;
2. The ‘Irish problem’. Sergeant complains about “hot heads rebelling against the British crown”; young man seen stoking rebellion at the field hospital – “He’s not the king of my fucking country” – thwack! on the nose;
3. Belgian refugees; this one provides the means for Joan Livesey to write to her German lover; which leads us to…
4. Having a pre-war relationship with the enemy;
5. a) Lust and b) class, not necessarily together but recurring themes in every episode so far;
6. Experimental surgery – the rebellious young doctor of the wrong class trying new techniques;
7. Men being brutalised by war, yukky necklace of chopped off ears worn by one soldier;
8. Homosexuality – men disappearing off into the woods AND *revelation of the week* – the prissy nurse has a gay brother;
Cliche count: off the scale, good thing there isn’t a drinking penalty attached to this.