Factual error: When Freddy and Ada return to Birmingham from London they are seen on a boat called Kennet. This is a wide boat (i.e. almost twice the width of a 7 ft narrowboat) which could not have made its way from London to Birmingham in 1919/20 as all of the locks were narrow locks (7 ft) at that time.
Factual error: One of the men who approaches Tommy claiming to be representatives of the IRA sings the song "The Boys of the Old Brigade." The song is told from the perspective of an elderly veteran of the Irish war of independence which had only began in January of 1919 which had happened only 3 years before. The song was written by Paddy McGuigan of the band Barleycorn in the 1970's.
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Factual error: It's Christmas eve 1925 in episode 1 of season 4. Tommy and his son leave a mince pie for 'Santa and Rudolph', but there was no reindeer called Rudolph until the 1930s. The character's author hadn't even graduated by 1925, and only began writing a book about a red-nosed reindeer in 1939.
Factual error: All of Tommy's former men salute him. As a sergeant-major and not an officer he would never be saluted. This is drummed into all soldiers and they'd never do it, even in civilian life. Not only is it against regulations, but many NCOs would take it as an insult.
Factual error: Ada is watching a movie and when asked "tell me the man's name" says "Rudolph Valentino." Valentino was largely unknown in 1919, only appearing in bit parts. She is also eating popcorn. This was not done in movie theaters until the 1930, unless you brought your own. Only street vendors sold popcorn.
Factual error: The field marshal is wearing a revolver to the Derby. British soldiers are only ever armed on duty, certainly not when attending social events. He also wears his Sam Browne outside his shoulder strap instead of beneath it; no officer would do this.
Factual error: Grace suffers a gunshot wound to the upper left chest in the previous episode, and episode three reveals she died. The bullet would have passed under the clavicle and would have missed the axillary artery and all other major blood vessels. This wound should not have been lethal, especially because Grace's family immediately called for an ambulance, so she would not have had to wait long for medical treatment. Most of her family members are military veterans who would have knowledge to provide the necessary first aid.
Factual error: When attempting to arrest Grace one of the supposed IRA men proclaims that he is taking her into custody "on behalf of the Irish Free State." The term "Irish Free State" was not a term used by republicans or generally until the Anglo-Irish Agreement which led to the end of the War of Irish Independence and the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. Anyone representing the IRA would have, when speaking English, referred to the Irish Republic at that time.
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