james d'arcy


just a reminder of Chloe “I’m captain of the Skimmons ship” Bennet ft. yours truly asking the question in my Iron Man dress.

I’m watching The Trench because I’m a masochist I have many feelings about WWI, and it turns out to have many people with good cheekbones and good acting chops in it (before they were famous.) Among our privates here you may recognize:

James D’Arcy: he is a defiantly grandiloquent private, who doesn’t see the point of it all, and says so.

Cillian Murphy: he watches everything and everyone with keen attention and private amusement.

Ben Whishaw: he is a very tiny private who volunteers to make people tea.

Also featured is Tony-from-Foyle’s-War (there’s always someone from Foyle’s War.)

The NCOs, meanwhile, are none other than…

Daniel Craig, as a teetotaling, rough-spoken sergeant, capable of both brutality and great kindness.

Julian Rhind-Tutt, as a whisky-drinking, Tennyson-reading lieutenant. He takes his duties very seriously, and is convinced that They’re All Going To Die. Since this is set on the eve of the Somme, he’s probably right.

Ranks in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Era:


The officer immediately subordinate to the captain. Lieutenants were numbered by their seniority within the ship (First lieutenant, second lieutenant, etc.). Lieutenants were given full commissions upon passing their examination.