On The Field: On Leave by Annie Caulfield
Produced by Mary Ward-Lowery
BBC Radio 4 - 28.09.2010
Length 45mins


Annie Caulfield's comedy drama returns as the army boys take a holiday from frontline service in Afghanistan.
Mahmoud the barber has exchanged Basra for Istanbul, where his old friend Sergeant - now Captain - Billy has ended up as Military Attaché.
After witnessing a traumatic attack while on duty in Kabul, squaddies Kev and Damon opt for some escapism. Kev fancies himself as a secret agent and is obsessed with James Bond. He persuades his friend to join him in visiting Istanbul's famous From Russia With Love film locations. But they discover they're not cut out to follow in Bond's footsteps and Billy and Mahmoud have to pick up the pieces when a tourist trip goes spectacularly wrong.
Billy tries to give the soldiers some worldly wisdom to take back to the front - survival skills more useful than anything they'd learn on the parade ground.



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