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"Occupation" Episode #1.3 (2009)

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18 June 2009 (Season 1, Episode 3)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Nesbitt ... Mike Swift

Stephen Graham ... Danny Ferguson

Warren Brown ... Lee Hibbs

Nonso Anozie ... Erik Lester

Lubna Azabal ... Aliya Nabil

Igal Naor ... Dr. Sadiq Alasadi
Adam Beresford ... Richard Swift

Omar Berdouni ... Ahmed

Khalid Laith ... Abdel Allawi
Fenar Ali ... Yasin
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Errol 'Bruno' Lloyd

Greg Kelly ... Spike

Nayef Rashed ... Dr Waleed

Lewis Alsamari ... Yunis

Monica Dolan ... Nicky Swift

Stuart Graham ... Vicar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amar Adatia ... Tariq

Episode Crew
Directed by
Nick Murphy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Bowker  written by

Produced by
Karim Abouobayd .... line producer: Morocco
Laurie Borg .... producer
Lisa McAtackney .... line producer
Derek Wax .... executive producer
Original Music by
Daniel Pemberton 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
Victoria Boydell 
Casting by
Sam Jones 
Production Design by
Ashleigh Jeffers 
Art Direction by
Gillian Devenney 
Jan Walker 
Costume Design by
Maggie Donnelly 
Makeup Department
Audrey Doyle .... makeup artist
Jilly Green .... hair stylist
Laura Pollock .... makeup artist
Denis Rush .... life casting: prosthetic technician
Pamela Smyth .... makeup designer
Production Management
Beewan Athwal .... post-production supervisor
Damien Glenholmes .... unit manager
Christian McWilliams .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noureddine Aberdine .... first assistant director
Darren Fee .... second assistant director
Toby Ford .... first assistant director
Mustapha Grumij .... third assistant director
Samantha Ross .... third assistant director (as Sam Ross)
Richard Wilson .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Cole Doherty .... construction manager
Heather Greenlees .... set designer
Sian Alaw Jones .... assistant art director
Darren Lyttle .... properties
Pat McKane .... properties
William Simpson .... storyboard artist
Sarah Speers .... production buyer
Paul Stewart .... property master
Michael Cullen .... props (uncredited)
Neil McNally .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brahim Ait Belkas .... sound assistant
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Robert Brazier .... foley mixer
Pietro Dalmasso .... sound effects editor
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist
Danny Finn .... dubbing mixer
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Simon Kerr .... boom operator
Mervyn Moore .... sound recordist
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Philip Young .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Kevin Draycott .... special effects floor supervisor
Mark Meddings .... special effects supervisor
Donal Neill .... special effects technician
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
James Cattell .... digital compositor: Lola
Joe Cork .... digital compositor: Lola
Garrett Honn .... visual effects supervisor
Michelle Martin .... visual effects producer
Max Wright .... digital compositor: Lola
Joe Condren .... stunt coordinator
Tony Condren .... stunts (as Anthony Condren)
Norman Kelly .... stunt double
Paul Valentine .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Beisan Elias .... second assistant camera
Andy Gardner .... focus puller camera "b"
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Glynn Harrison .... grip
Steffan Hill .... still photographer
Brian Livingstone .... rigging gaffer
Casting Department
Saad Fekhari .... casting: Morocco
Georgia Simpson .... Northern Ireland Casting Advisor
Carla Stronge .... casting: Belfast (as Carla Mercer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abderrahim Benkhayi .... costume supervisor
Lauren Hanna .... dresser
Donna Hughes .... wardrobe supervisor
Edel McCarron .... dresser
Editorial Department
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist
Danielle Palmer .... assistant editor
Location Management
Catherine Geary .... location manager
Chris Patterson .... location scout
Music Department
Jan Holzner .... orchestra recording engineer
Jan Holzner .... score recording engineer
Transportation Department
Roy McManus .... driver: props truck
Pete Newman .... driver: cast: uk reshoots
Other crew
John Adams .... script advisor
Ben Arslanian .... assistant accountant
Elhoussaine Baouzine .... production accountant
Alison Barnett .... head of production
Joanne Bendon .... production accountant
Tommy Dunne .... armorer
Julie Gardner .... production coordinator (as Julie Connor)
Robert Gyle .... armorer
Marie-Catherine Marchetti .... script supervisor
Paul McAnearney .... production assistant
Michelle Osborn .... publicist
Jolyon Walker .... military advisor
Crew believed to be complete

Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?
Michael Colgan ... Will Davies

Paul Kennedy ... Journalist 1

Tony Condren ... Heavy (as Anthony Condren)

Mark Asante ... Ben

Dan Fox ... Laing
Ali Khalil ... Young Man

Laurence Doherty ... Squaddie
Fenar Mohammed-Ali ... Ysin

Bronagh Taggart ... Keri

Emma Little ... Journalist 2

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Shattering conclusion that tears each character's life apart, 14 January 2010
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In the final part of the sweeping war drama, Mike's son has signed up to join the army and follow in his father's footsteps. But the big man still has his heart set on a romance with doctor Aliyah, whose profession has been compromised by orders from the local mosque governing women doctors. Meanwhile, Danny's driven to dangerous measures to secure his contract to rebuild the hospital and when Hibbs finds himself caught in an ambush, it all builds to a shattering conclusion that will change all three men forever.

All the brilliance of the first two parts wouldn't be the sum of their parts without a fantastic conclusion, and Peter Bowker delivers his mightiest blow with the concluding part of his excellent Occupation series. All the suspense, emotion and drama build up to an ending that shatters the viewer's expectations and leaves you flabbergasted. Since the war began in 2003, it's consistently dominated the headlines (when the vacuous 'celebrity' headlines haven't) and various protesters and politicians alike have held their own conspiracy theories for what motivated it and the ethics of it and how evil Bush and Blair are...and here's a front line tale that you can just believe is how things could really operate there, though you pray you'd never have to go there and find out for yourself. The chaos and lawlessness is really brought to life, and in turn the futility of the war feels more real to the casual viewer. Occupation isn't based on a true story, it's just set in the course of true events and if things are as corrupt and hopeless as this, you can really see what all the fuss is about.

But what really drives it are the performances. Nesbitt really shines here, especially at the end as a man with grief and sorrow etched across his face, a man who's lost everything and who will find it hard to put meaning to anything again. Graham rounds off his solid portrayal through-out of the cocksure, immoral Danny with another powerful, emotive speech at the end on a par with his 'this is England' speech in, well, This is England, where he tries to justify himself by saying his actions in Basra are 'just the way to survive in a lawless land' and how being a soldier for his own reasons are better than being a soldier for a 'cause' he's not been made aware of. Brown shines as the younger soldier who's blossomed from a boy to a man in the shape of events and Anozie is solid till the end as the big shark in his and Danny's partnership.

I don't watch the biggest amount of telly, so I don't know if I'm missing a lot of really brilliant dramas, but I'd be blown away if stuff as powerful and well made as this was commonplace. That would seem to be the case if all this has won is a 'Best Sound' award from the National Television Awards, when the brilliant acting, fantastic script and gritty realism should have won it so much more. *****

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