Chris Reilly: The Last Post

Date - 26 March, 2017, All News Television
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Chris Reilly plays series regular Alex Baxter in major upcoming BBC drama The Last Post.

Set in the mid-Sixties in the shimmering heat of Aden (Yemen), the drama centres on a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families. Their job is two-fold: half soldiers and half policemen who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Hand grenades, mines and sniper attacks are a constant threat.

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, The Last Post is an close-up view of soldiering with strong contemporary parallels.

Peter Moffat says: “Young married couples in the heart of the Sixties living in extremely close proximity in a very alien and dangerous environment has always struck me as ripe territory for drama. Men full of vim, vigor and a desire to be heroes in a situation where that isn’t always possible; alongside young women who are starting to feel the emancipation of the Sixties and a sense of new freedoms but who are living in a constrained setting where their role is supposed to be merely supportive. My mum remembers standing on the balcony of our flat in her first week in Aden and seeing a hand grenade thrown killing a five year old boy and my dad rushing out to try and do something…
Throw in rock’n’roll and tumultuous love stories alongside the unexplored territory of this period in our history and you have a pretty heady mix. This was my parents world and one I have wanted to write about all my career.”

The Last Post is made by Bonafide Films and The Forge Entertainment for BBC One. It will be directed by Jonny Campbell (The Casual Vacancy) and Miranda Bowen (Women In Love). Filming commenced October 2016 in South Africa and the series is set to air later this year. The Last Post is distributed by BBCWorldwide.


Chris Reilly boasts an extensive list of film, television and theatre credits.

His recent film work includes Everest, Allied and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. In television he has worked on Call The Midwife, Game Of Thrones, Moving On, Our World War, Atlantis, Shetland and Silent Witness. He played series regular Tom Raveley in Homefront for ITV.

On stage, Chris has performed at the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and at Sheffield Theatres. His recent work includes The Odyssey - Missing Presumed Dead for ETT & Shakespeare's Globe.

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