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)
 Yunis (2 episodes, 2009)
 Katy Hibbs (2 episodes, 2009)
Adam Beresford ...
 Richard Swift (2 episodes, 2009)
 Abdel Allawi (2 episodes, 2009)
 Spike (2 episodes, 2009)
Charlotte Wakefield ...
 Jess Swift (2 episodes, 2009)
 Ahmed (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.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

16 June 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Besatzer  »

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The journalist in the first episode, who asks if little girl Maysa's injury was caused by British troops, was played by the director, Nick Murphy. 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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