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War drama. A group of soldiers return from Flanders mud and realize there is no longer a welcome for them in England, despite what the politicians say. So they enlist again, to fight in Russia in a struggle they don't understand.
The Sergeant - Philip DaviesEdit
The Corporal - David HoltEdit
Grigoriev - Peter Harlow
Captain Simmons - Brett Usher
Haskin - Jonathan Wyatt
Cecil - Terry Pearson
Smith - Peter Meakin
Goddard - Peter Mitchley
Percival - Chris Macdonald
The Sergeant´s Wife - Heather Barrett
The General - Roger Hulme
White Lieutenant - David Bannerman
Russian Girl - Susan Mann
THE TIMES: RUSSIA. Nigel Bryant’s production of John Fletcher’s play about a British Army platoon in 1918 that is sucked into the maelstrom of the Russian Revolution, is epic drama painted on a huge canvas. We expect this kind of experience on the wide cinema screen. We rarely get it on radio. And when we do, it is rare that epic action is matched with the epic psychological depth we get in Russia. Fletcher brilliantly manoeuvres his story towards a climax that is as metaphysical in its own realistic way as the climax of his 1990 Giles Cooper award-winning comedy fantasy Death and the Tango.