Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.




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Series cast summary:
 Mike Swift 3 episodes, 2009
 Danny Ferguson 3 episodes, 2009
 Lee Hibbs 3 episodes, 2009
 Erik Lester 3 episodes, 2009
 Aliya Nabil 3 episodes, 2009
 Nicky Swift 3 episodes, 2009
 Errol 'Bruno' Lloyd 3 episodes, 2009
 Dr. Sadiq Alasadi 2 episodes, 2009
Stephen Bent ...
 Mr Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
Anna Jaskolka ...
 Mrs Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
 Katy Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
Adam Beresford ...
 Richard Swift 2 episodes, 2009
 Abdel Allawi 2 episodes, 2009
Charlotte Wakefield ...
 Jess Swift 2 episodes, 2009


Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.

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United in battle, torn apart by the aftermath.


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16 June 2009 (UK)  »

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Shown on 3 successive evenings on BBC1, 16-18 June 2009. See more »


Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.40 (2009) See more »

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One of the best TV dramas the BBC has produced in years!
23 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am 17, and I have seen TV dramas that often falls into mawkish sentimentality and confusion. Occupation however is one of those rarities, the whole drama was just superb in every aspect, I couldn't fault it at all. I personally think it is one of the best dramas ever on the BBC in recent years. The acting was just brilliant, the three leads James Nesbitt, Warren Brown and Stephen Graham giving towering and sometimes emotional performances as three men with different reasons for returning to Basra, all of which are explained clearly. They are all aided by a wonderful script by Peter Bowker, haunting music, subtle direction from Nick Murphy and superb camera-work, making the look of the drama more realistic than it was. The scene in the hospital in particular is worth mentioning, as it was so powerful and perhaps even moving. The drama concludes with a harrowing and heart-rending climax, making it an unmissable and enormously satisfying drama from the BBC. 10/10 Bethany Cox.

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