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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Preproduction Project: Character Bios

Capt. Robert Lawrence,


Falklands War Hero

Robert was awarded a Military Cross for his involvement in leading the final assault on Mount Tumbledown, East Falkland. During the clean-up phase Robert was engaged and hit by a 7.62 round to the head.

Wheelchair bound for about two years he still carries a paralysed left arm, foot, ankle and left leg. Attempting to champion the plight of returning veterans in 1988 Robert made the film ‘Tumbledown’ with the BBC.

Robert also runs Global Adventure Plus (GAP) that helps Britain's ex service personnel get back on their feet after serving their country in the forces. Through the challenges of adventure, teamwork and carmeraderie, GAP re-inigorates and re-motivates service personnel who have lost their way since leaving the job they knew and loved.

Dan Snow,


Rowing Historian

A historian and the son of journalist Peter Snow. He was in the winning crew in the 2000 Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, and captained the Oxford team the following year. Last year, he presented Battlefield Britain on BBC2 with his father and co-authored the accompanying book. He is working on a new series and book about world battles.

Steve Backshall


Intrepid traveller

He’s travelled to over 100 countries worldwide, making first ascents of remote jungle mountains or descending into hidden sinkholes in search of new species, climbing the world’s highest peaks or completing some of the world’s most demanding endurance races. Steve has continued to push back the boundaries of exploration whilst capturing it all on camera or in words.

Zach West,


Young Marine Recruit

Recent Royal Marine recruit the same age as the orniginal members of the Cockleshell Heroes.

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