Tim Weston Reality show that began as an experiment to see if the youth of today could hack s style national service, the first series was a success but subsequent series' have had a twist: now criminals sign themselves up to it to see if they can become better people. Basically, it's army officers shouting at people for the best part of four weeks and seeing how our victims tolerate and deal with it and it's hugely entertaining.
Lads' Army is a reality game show specifically of the kind that constitutes a historically derived social experiment — other examples being The House and The Frontier House. Shown on ITV , Bad Lads Army is based on the premise of subjecting today's delinquent young men to the conditions of conscripts to British Army National Service of the s to see if this could rehabilitate them. The programme was derived from an earlier one called simply Lads Army a play on Dad's Army in which a number of volunteers underwent four weeks of basic training for s National Service. Unlike the three sequel series the ones whose titles began with "Bad" , the original programme's experiment was merely to see if year old members of the modern British public could cope with the s training, and how they compared to the public of that period. The success of the original series led to the experiment being repeated with the recruits having committed criminal offences, often given the option to undergo the training by courts as an alternative to serving pending sentences, to explore the proposition that it would be beneficial to reinstate National Service for petty criminals and delinquents as an alternative to more conventional sentences. Season 4 lowered the age to The programme format is relatively simple. The recruits are issued period uniforms and equipment and fed, quartered and trained according to the standards of the era. The recruits form a single platoon made up of two sections , each under the care of a section commander, either Richard Nauyokas in series 3 Nauyokas was replaced by Glen Thomas [who appeared as the Company Sergeant Major in series 2], although he still appeared as a relief corporal or Joe Murray.
See high school TV and movie icons then and now, from " Dawson's Creek " and more favorites. See the gallery. In this reality show, a military training facility s style has been reconstructed and several professional soldiers were extensively trained in the period's style as Montgomery platoon's commanding officer, CSM Glen Thomas, drill sergeant, provost sergeant, PE instructor and section corporals, and on Sunday an Anglican padre.
Can 's National Service army training go some way to reforming a group of young criminals and wrongdoers? Following the success of Lads Army, the popular living history series returned in , now a recalcitrant section of society is put through their paces in Bad Lads Army. New groups of thirty youths undergo a month of marching drill, intense physical exercise, harsh discipline and scratchy uniforms. Dragged kicking and screaming towards a final passing-out parade, we see tears and tantrums before our lads start to mend their ways and believe both in themselves and the experience. By the end, they have learned a lot about discipline, respect for themselves and others, and a number go off to join the army for real. This series proved to be an ITV factual summer hit, with consistently high ratings, and its ITV2 tie-in Privates Exposed also won its multi-channel slot. In our series Bad Lads Army: Officer Class, we give thirty new recruits an added challenge: Could they, as potential officers, deal with the pressures and responsibility of privilege and power over their peers?