Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight 2010
UK Premiere Dec 2010, BBC 3
In July last year, 17 year-old Vicky got engaged to her soldier boyfriend Craig, during his two week R&R from his tour of Afghanistan. Less than three weeks later, 18 year old Craig was hit by a roadside explosive. He lost both legs and an arm, becoming the youngest British serviceman to be injured in Afghanistan and one of only three British soldiers with a triple amputation to have survived his injuries. My Boyfriend the War Hero tells the story of this exceptional young couple.
The Daily Telegraph: "My Boyfriend the War Hero (BBC Three) performed a truly impressive feat: it took a harrowing story, and told it with sensitivity and a lightness of touch. Vicky Swales was 16 when she learned that her 18-year-old fiancé, Craig Wood, had been blown up in Afghanistan. The handsome, 6' 4" soldier lost both his legs as well as one hand and suffered facial disfigurement, but Vicky decided to stay with him. The documentary followed the couple as they tried to build something like a normal life together. As well as the daily struggles - Vicky hoisting Craig up the stairs, the two of them counting out all the pain killers he had to take - we saw them shopping for tea towels for their new home and planning an engagement party. It was the details that were most affecting: the way Craig leant his head against his fiancée's cheek or stoically joked through his appalling injuries: "Ha! A cripple beat you!" he said, when he won at pool. Both handled their situation with grit and astonishing maturity."