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TV shows we love: Thai Cave Rescue

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Although you know how it will end before watching the dramatisation of a young Thai football team’s well-documented 18 days stuck in an underground cave in a remote area of the country, Netflix’s Thai Cave Rescue is still a tense watch.

Through six episodes, the show tells the tale of the 12 boys and their coach, how they left home on that fateful morning in June 2018 to heading to the cave once a football game had finished. Then, as modern history has clearly recorded, the weather suddenly changes, their exit is blocked by a flood and they are trapped underground. But there is very little to feel claustrophobic about while watching the show. The couple of shots of swirling fast moving water when divers are struggling is probably about as much I could have stood, and I didn’t need to hide behind my hands for any more.

At least the fourth on screen telling of the events, Thai Cave Rescue prides itself on relaying the story from the point of view of the boys themselves, and some of it is even shot in their homes, in a stunning, lush part of the world.

Once they are stuck the story of course moves to how to get them out. But it is not just their story; it is also that of the 10,000 people involved in the attempt, from the local governor charged with overseeing the rescue, to the Thai American hydraulic engineer, the Thai Navy seals who soon realise the job is beyond them and the rag tag bunch of international cave divers brought in, and the distraught parents.

Almost two weeks after they set out and unheard from since, relief is quickly provided with footage that quickly spread around the world of the boys alive if not all well. Another moving moment sensitively brought to life in this Thai/US production (best watched in Thai with subtitles).

A gripping, nerve wracking series of events ensues in which new problems arise just as you are lulled into thinking all was finally going according to plan. I really was on the edge of my seat by the end to make sure the boys were all rescued. As we all know, they were and just in the nick of time.

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