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Occupation


Monday at 8.30pm

Part two: In an effort to help Yunis's family, Hibbs ventures out into the streets of Basra and falls into the hands of kidnappers

About Occupation

Basra, southern Iraq, 2003.

Crammed inside a Warrior armed troop carrier, bullets and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) exploding around them, three British soldiers head into a hostile part of the city and a world descending into chaos.

When they emerge from their vehicle, their lives spiral out of control. Their fates and the destiny of Iraq itself become inextricably linked and, united in war, the three men, and their friendships, are torn apart during the peace that follows.

Written by Peter Bowker and inspired by factual research, Occupation is a searingly powerful three-part BBC One drama that spans the five years following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

It follows the lives of three soldiers and friends firstly during the battle for Basra, secondly as they struggle to adapt to life back home and, finally, as very different forces draw them back to Iraq.

Filmed in Northern Ireland and Morocco, Occupation is the BBCs first major drama set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, and is an unforgettable journey into the heart of the darkness that is conflict and its chaotic aftermath.

Starring James Nesbitt as Mike, Stephen Graham as Danny and Warren Brown as Hibbs, and broadcast in the wake of the British militarys recent withdrawal from Basra, it explores the impact war has on the lives of those who fight and what happens when cultures collide not just in war, but in peace.


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