If this two-part series has narrowed the gulf between perception and reality even a nanometre, then it’s a job well done. While you couldn’t say that Craig, Wes and Frankie always help themselves, what’s abundantly clear from this empathetic documentary is that the problems of these young men aren’t always of their own devising. Craig’s barely contained fury and self-disgust at having to sign on like his dad (‘a bum’) burns off the screen; Wes is ‘trying to be a man’ for his young son but finding paid employment hard to come by; and Frankie can’t see how he can afford to realise his dream of going to university (although Bournemouth, he observes, is ‘full of crackheads, old people and posh people’), but his criminal record makes getting a job difficult. With even the army curtailing recruitment, options are desperately limited for this trio who, for all their occasional lapses and under enormous pressure, genuinely want to earn a living and carve out some sort of better future. IDS would do well to watch.
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