||THE EDUCATION OF CORPORAL HALLIDAY
Shown on August 5th 1967.
'Armourer Class Two-promoted Corporal last year-passed four 'O' Levels-gained 'A' Levels in English Lit., Economics and Political History in three years since commencing man service.' For Cpl. Halliday a life's ambition looks like being fulfilled, but where does it lead him? Was he too young to make up his mind?
'The Education of Coporal Halliday' tells the story of a young soldier who, having studied in his spare time, has been awarded a place at Bristol University. He wants to buy his way out of the army but as an ex-apprentice soldier he is not allowed to do this until he has served six years. And Cpl. Halliday has served only three.
He is unhappy in his army job, but regulations are regulations. Halliday is desperate enough to try anything in his bid for freedom. Gary Bond, who had the title role told TV Times magazine in August 1967; "It wasn't difficult to feel the same way as Halliday - though not in the army. Everyone at some time comes up against the unbreakable, unshakeable barrier of authority. It may be licensing laws-or London's parking regulations. We're surrounded by red tape-enmeshed in it. No good trying to rip our way out-we'd only end up entangled.
George Sewell played Sgt. Graham, armourer at the battalion workshop. "Weapons fascinate me," said George. "Especially really old ones, flint-lock pistols and that sort of thing. I also collect head-dresses and helmets. I have around 30, some of them quite rare.
Alice Frick - critic of 'Stage and Television Today' wrote: "Gary Bond was first rate."
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