It seems we have Kim Jong-un to thank for the fact that South Korea still demands conscription to its armed forces. And by extension, for Netflix series D.P. (Season 1 now streaming). Korean military service appears unlikely to be a hoot for anyone, not least Ahn Jun-ho (Jung Hae-in), who is transformed overnight from pizza delivery boy to defender of democracy – even though he joined up voluntarily. Nevertheless, he is lucky, avoiding some of the humiliation of, and physical attacks on, new recruits to the army by being invited to join the Military Police. And it is in this sub-branch of the force that we lay our scene, and from where new mutiny is inevitably going to break forth against traditional constraints – don’t beat up your superiors, don’t answer back, that sort of thing. Bad eggs among the recruits who compound their transgressions by going AWOL mean the soldiers of the Deserter Pursuit (DP) team have their hands full trying to apprehend and bring them back. Not that they can be blamed for going on the run, when back at barracks all they have to look forward to is almost two years of being punched, kicked, tormented psychologically and other delights. No wonder that in Seoul, in light of the series’ impact, the government has been forced to respond to charges that conscription can be inhumane, as well as a waste of time. Writer Kim Bo-tong did, after all, base D.P. on actual accounts of boot-camp life; and although military spokesmen claim that harassment has declined since 2014, when the show is set, the arguments swirling around the need for national service won’t fade with the closing credits. On the other hand, preparing troops for battle was never designed to be a stroll through a meadow full of daisies. And technically, the Korean war is still being fought. Blood, guts and scalpels The first cut is the deepest, according to Rod Stewart. That could be the soundtrack to the sterling work done by the Lyell Centre’s star employees – forensic pathologists assisting the police in Silent Witness (BBC First, via Now TV and myTV Super, from Friday). Joining the scalpel-wielders for the 24th series of the BBC’s longest-running crime drama is Jason Wong, as Dr Adam Yuen . His integration into the team, however, initially proves awkward, with Yuen, an impatient millennial, disrupting the routines long established by his colleagues, Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Jack Hodgson (David Caves), who perhaps views Yuen as more than merely a professional rival. Squid Game sparks huge interest in white Vans shoes and retro tracksuits During its ascension to British television’s hall of fame, Silent Witness has been continually praised for the accuracy of its terminology and the scientific processes followed by whoever is wearing the white coats in any given season. This suggests that anyone inspired by the show to become a pathologist must have a raging desire to perform a worthwhile public service or be seriously warped. Gruesome are some of the crimes committed, horrifying the state of various bodies examined at the Lyell, as it is known. And from the creators of this show there is no sensationalism or talking down to the audience. What they are perhaps guilty of, though, is creating a potential demarcation dispute between police officers and pathologists, the latter often becoming involved in questioning suspects, which must be stretching their job description beyond credibility. You’d think our intrepid trio would have enough bodies under patios, hammer-attack victims and battered bus drivers to keep them busy; but perhaps it’s all part of the fun, especially for restless young Dr Yuen.