The series premiered in
1982. Stopped in 2005 (partly posthumously).
The young Irishman's real name is
Lester Mahoney, but he is called Cockney because
of his English father. After having accidentally
killed a man he joins the British army and the
hotheaded soldier is soon sent to some of the 19th
century's hotspots such as Afghanistan and Punjab.
There he encounters hostile tribes, and he is
frequently sent on perilous undercover missions.