Our Brave Boys

Light drama series about a high-flying civil servant who is posted to the MOD, where she finds herself boss to four military officers.

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0101Nanny Knows Best2001103120020205
20060524 (BBC7)
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MoD workers George and Bill are tired of making government excuses to the armed forces.

George and Bill are fed up of making government excuses to the armed forces.

0102Bangety Bang2001110720020212
20041027 (BBC7)
20041028 (BBC7)
20060531 (BBC7)
20060601 (BBC7)
20070725 (BBC7)
20070726 (BBC7)
20090321 (BBC7)
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Zelda launches an anti-moonlighting campaign.

0103Ladies Who Lunch2001111420020219
20041103 (BBC7)
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20060607 (BBC7)
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20090328 (BBC7)
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The MOD has to make cuts and the navy, army and air force are all looking vulnerable.

Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw.

The MoD has to make cuts, and each service is vulnerable.

Politics comes uncomfortably close to home for Colonel George.

0104 LASTCrabs And Penguins2001112120020226
20041110 (BBC7)
20041111 (BBC7)
20060614 (BBC7)
20060615 (BBC7)
20070808 (BBC7)
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20090412 (BBC7)
20110331 (BBC7)
20110401 (BBC7)

The Ministry of Defence civil servants must tackle an empty housing crisis.

Starring Martin Jarvis and Fiona Shaw.

This week: what to do with empty houses?

0201Thickly Buttered Toast2002103020031111
20041117 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20041117 BT=2130 (BBC7)
20041118 BT=0630 (BBC7)
20060621 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20060622 BT=0630 (BBC7)

There is to be a new bank holiday - but can the boys agree which military event it should commemorate? Martin Jarvis stars.

We discover the connection between a proposed new bank holiday, George's mother-in-law, and the father-in-law of Moses.

  • chief petty officer grieves....Peter Capaldi
  • colonel george....Martin Jarvis
  • commander bill....christopher godwin
  • wing commander bryan....christopher neame
  • zelda....Fiona Shaw

  • 0202Lloyd George's Motor Car2002110620031118
    20041124 (BBC7)
    20041125 (BBC7)
    20060628 (BBC7)
    20060629 (BBC7)

    Brass nuts and Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy crop up in another tale of the MoD's clerical front line.

    Martin Jarvis stars.

    The second episode of Christopher Lee's Ministry of Defence comedy drama investigates the existence of eighty three million pounds' worth of brass nuts with no bolts, and why the RAF has enough spare fuel tanks to last four hundred and forty years.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw Col.

    George....Martin Jarvis Wing Cdr.

    Bryan....Christopher Neame Cdr.

    Bill....Christopher Godwin CPO Grieves....Peter Capaldi Produced by Rosalind Ayres.

    Directed by Pete Atkin.

    0203Brown Sauce2002111320031125
    20041201 (BBC7)
    20041202 (BBC7)
    20060705 (BBC7)
    20060706 (BBC7)

    Can Zelda make arms sales seem legitimate?

    Someone has to take on the delicate task of supporting the Minister at an arms sales exhibition.

    0204Stiff Limb Syndrome2002112020031202
    20041208 (BBC7)
    20041209 (BBC7)
    20060712 (BBC7)
    20060713 (BBC7)

    Problems of recruitment, broken legs and the Queen's tea party dominate life at the clerical end of the MOD.

    0205 LASTHonour Your Partners2002112720031209
    20041215 BT=1430 (BBC7)
    20041215 BT=2130 (BBC7)
    20041216 BT=0630 (BBC7)
    20060719 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    The new 'people's honours' list causes Bill and George a few headaches.

    Martin Jarvis stars.

    Bryan's ability to get hold of the right end of a stick is tested to the limit, and a creative suggestion is made as to who should receive the gratitude of the nation.

    Zelda....Fiona Shaw Col.

    George....Martin Jarvis Wing Cdr.

    Bryan....Christopher Neame Cdr.

    Bill....Christopher Godwin CPO Grieves....Peter Capaldi.

    The Ministry of Defence - from the pen pusher's end.

    0301Flying Tonite2003122920060726 (BBC7)
    20060727 (BBC7)
    20070815 (BBC7)
    20070816 (BBC7)

    Can it really be true that the MoD is taking UFOs seriously? And is Bryan really the right man to take charge of the secret file?

    0302Tally-ho!2004010520060802 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    For once, Colonel George's fondness for hunting overlaps with the interests of the Ministry of Defence.

    And for once, Grieves's normal discretion deserts him, leaving Zelda, for once, non-plussed.

    0303Stakeholders2004011220060809 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    Plans are afoot for Zelda's department to join the move back into the Ministry of Defence main building.

    Plans are afoot for Zelda's department to join the move back into the Ministry of Defence main building in the spring, and the new regulations on office flora look like changing everyone's outlook.

    0304Toujours Amis, Sunshine2004011920060816 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    The imminent arrival of an official visit of the French defence minister poses several tricky diplomatic problems.

    The imminent arrival on an official visit of the French defence minister poses several tricky diplomatic problems to which entertaining him on board HMS Victory may not be the answer.

    0305England Expects2004012620060823 (BBC7)
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    If no-one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System will comprise of, how can anyone say what it's going to cost?

    If no-one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System will comprise of, how can anyone say what it's going to cost? Episode 4 of 6.

    If no one can say exactly what the Future Rapid Effects System is going to comprise, how can anyone be sure of what it's going to cost? And will there be enough left over for a hair trimmer?

    0306 LASTGoing, Going, Gong2004020220060830 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    Bill, George and Brian discover the true price of peace, when various parts of the military are 'outsourced'.

    Zelda has rashly bought the world's smallest radio from Bryan, but is suffering from having to have it surgically removed from her ear, which means that the ear in question is less than ideally sympathetic to Bryan's radical thoughts on improving the MOD's finances.

    0401Tell It Like It Isn't2004121320060906 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    20070926 (BBC7)
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    With the general election in the air, should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government?

    The general election is in the air.

    Should Zelda and the boys give the same answers to the opposition and the government?

    There's a general election in the wind and the Opposition is now asking questions.

    The problem is, should Zelda and the Boys provide both sides with the same answers? And what has all this to do with cheese?

    0402Goodbye Sailor2004122020060913 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    20071003 (BBC7)
    20071004 BT=0630 (BBC7)

    The Ministry of Defence's office move may be imminent, but that doesn't explain why Bryan seems to want to become a student.

    The Ministry of Defence's office move may be imminent, but that doesn't begin to explain why Zelda, as a high-flying civil servant, should suddenly start using obscure naval terminology, or why Bryan seems to want to become a student.

    0403Stretched Limo2004122720060920 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    20071011 BT=0630 (BBC7)

    Instead of thinking about how to deal with the announcement of major cuts in all the defence services, Bryan is preoccupied with an idea which will assist Zelda in her wedding plans.

    The only problem is that Zelda has no plans for any wedding, while the Ministry of Defence has all too many plans.

    0404Camping It Up2005010320060927 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    20071018 BT=0630 (BBC7)

    Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues.

    Normally it shouldn't be too hard to distinguish between guns designed for a new fighter aircraft and bottles of vintage coffee product, but Bryan's logical leaps are sometimes hard to follow, even for his Ministry of Defence colleagues.

    0405Oompahs And Camels2005011020061004 BT=1430 (BBC7)
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    20071024 (BBC7)
    20071025 BT=0630 (BBC7)

    Could the Red Arrows really be facing their last flight? Bryan wants to prove he isn't as stupid as people think by saving them.

    With more defence cuts in the offing, it becomes harder and harder to justify some aspects of military spending such as the Red Arrows, but elaborate plans for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar seem to be off limits.

    0406 LASTHello Sailor2005011720061011 BT=1430 (BBC7)
    20061012 BT=0630 (BBC7)
    20071031 (BBC7)
    20071101 BT=0630 (BBC7)

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration is taking attention away from vital concerns.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebration takes attention away from vital concerns.

    Some in the Ministry of Defence feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th celebration is taking attention away from more vital concerns.

    There are some in the Ministry of Defence who feel that the Trafalgar Day 200th anniversary celebration is designed to draw attention away from more important concerns about the future of the military.

    But the one might provide our brave boys with an opportunity to do something about the other.

    0501The Last New First20051121

    The 'boys' are nearing the end of their stint at the Ministry of Defence, and each of them is looking forward to returning to his particular service and, hopefully, to promotion.

    But with their departure imminent, both they and the redoubtable Zelda discover that their feelings are surprisingly ambivalent.

    Can it really be true that in future there won't be a First Sea Lord? And why should a choice of biscuits be superior to cake?

  • chief petty officer grieves....peter capaldi
  • colonel george....Martin Jarvis
  • commander bill....christopher godwin
  • directed by - Pete Atkin
  • wing commander bryan....christopher neame
  • zelda....fiona shaw
  • produced by.... - rosalind ayres

  • 0502Pills For The Boys20051128

    Where did the idea of Personnel of Medically Enhanced Capability come from? And could it ever be anything other than science fiction? Is there any connection with the pills which Bryan seems anxious Zelda should take?

    0503The Nuclear Option20051205

    With only a few weeks to go in their Ministry of Defence assignments, there is still nevertheless a serious job to be done by Zelda's boys.

    But Christmas is approaching, and it may once again provide the opportunity to bury some bad news.

    0504Shake, Rattle And Roll20051212

    Christmas is rolling inexorably nearer, as is the end of Zelda's Ministry of Defence assignment.

    But why should Bryan be so keen to have decorations in the office? And could soldiers really be at risk of losing limbs as a result of vibration in tanks? Will the latest Health and Safety Directive answer either of these questions?

    0505The Season Of Giving20051219

    End-of-appointment time is looming at the Ministry of Defence, and thoughts of new postings and possible promotions are even crowding out thoughts of Christmas.

    Could that account for Zelda's change of heart over Bryan's seasonable request?

    0506 LASTPay Day20051226

    The inevitable must be faced at the Ministry of Defence by Zelda's Brave Boys, who are due to return to their respective service careers.

    They are each hoping for promotion, but will the consequences of Bryan's mistletoe experience have an impact on his chances? Will George get his brigade? Will Bill get his ship? Will Zelda have got what she wanted for Christmas?