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The Last Post: Who's Who guide to new Jessica Raine drama

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The Last Post, starring Jessica Raine, kicks off on BBC1 on Sunday evening, so here's our guide to who's who in the lavish new drama set on a military base in 1960s Aden

The Last Post, starring Jessica Raine, kicks off on BBC1 on Sunday evening, so here's our guide to who's who in the lavish new drama set on a military base in 1960s Aden.

What's the story?

In the bustling port of Aden in the 1960s, the British Army faced a deadly battle to keep order in one of the few remaining colonies in the fading British Empire. This is the backdrop of BBC1’s compelling new six-part drama The Last Post, which centres on the perils and dilemmas experienced by a Royal Military Police unit stationed in Aden, now part of Yemen, in 1965. While the soldiers deal with hostility from insurgents, their personal lives also come to the fore as much of the action is seen through the eyes of the officers’ wives living on the military base...

Who's who in The Last Post...

Major Harry Markham (Ben Miles) and Mary Markham (Amanda Drew)

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The stoic commanding officer of the Royal Military Police unit in Aden is protective of his men and anxious about the rise in local insurgency. Mary, Harry's loyal wife, is pregnant with her second child, is a shoulder to cry on for the other spouses and tries to protect her young son, George.

Lieutenant Ed Laithwaite (Stephen Campbell Moore)

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The forward-thinking soldier struggles to obey orders with which he doesn’t agree, and his marriage to Alison also causes tensions.

Alison Laithwaite (Jessica Raine)

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Ed’s unhappy and often drunken wife is carrying on a less than secret affair on the base, but as dark clouds gather, what will the future hold?

Captain Joe Martin (Jeremy Neumark Jones)

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The young officer arrives to replace outgoing and popular Captain Page (Joseph Kennedy), but a challenging secret threatens to overwhelm him.

Honor Martin (Jessie Buckley)

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Joe’s new bride is thrilled to be starting her marriage in Aden, but soon experiences issues.

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