Bonafide Films, the UK film and TV drama indie, has secured its first BBC commission, The Last Post (8 x 60 mins), written by Peter Moffat and due to air in 2017.

The series is set in the Sixties and follows the military careers and family lives of a British army unit on the cusp of change during the war in Aden (Yemen) and is a co-production with The Forge Entertainment:

Aden 1965. The fag end of empire. Based on Peter Moffat’s childhood memories, his father’s life as an officer in the Royal Military Police and his mother’s struggle between being what the army required her to be and what she felt like being, this is the story of a British army unit fighting a terrorist insurgency in the Middle East and the women and children who were there with them.

Danger, heat, glamour – grenade attacks, roadside mines, sniper actions, gin and tonic, polka dot bikini’s and fish and chips at the BP beach club, Strangers in the Night, death in the desert, drinking and smoking like there’s no tomorrow, frying eggs on the bonnets of Land Rovers, the politics of occupier and occupied, love and war a long way from home.

The series is an up close look at soldiering and police work but it’s as much about the pressures and excitements of being married to the British army in a dangerous place at a moment in history when sex and feminism arrive in the twentieth century, the sun is going down on the empire and the established order of the 1950’s is disappearing.

The series was ordered by Ben Stephenson and Charlotte Moore at the BBC and will be executive produced by Margery Bone and Elwen Rowlands for Bonafide Films, and George Faber and Mark Pybus for Forge Entertainment.

Margery Bone, co-founder of Bonafide Films said: “Peter brilliantly explores the pressure of war on family life that soldiers and their families face serving abroad, and we are delighted to be working on this ambitious new series with him. Peter’s father was a colonel in the RMP and served in many British Army bases that have huge historic relevance to audiences then and today. The fact that Peter had a unique insight into this world and that it was a personal story for him was an incredibly attractive proposition for a drama.”

With the first series filming scheduled for Autumn 2016 further series will follow the regiment and their families in a different postings of significant strategic importance, as was former British colony Aden in the Middle East.

Since its launch in 2010 Bonafide Films has produced crime serial Talking To The Dead which was written by Emmy award winning writer Gwyneth Hughes for Sky ; Nosferatu in Love a film written and directed by BAFTA winning writer Peter Straughan; and most recently had succsss with comedy drama Undercover starring Daniel Rigby for UKTV’s channel Dave. The company has a number of projects in development with broadcasters including two Peter Straughan adaptations with Film4.

The company also has a first look deal with ZDF Enterprises which gives ZDFE exclusive first-look rights to Bonafide’s scripted development slate.