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

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Series cast summary:
James Nesbitt ...  Mike Swift 3 episodes, 2009
Stephen Graham ...  Danny Ferguson 3 episodes, 2009
Warren Brown ...  Lee Hibbs 3 episodes, 2009
Nonso Anozie ...  Erik Lester 3 episodes, 2009
Lubna Azabal ...  Aliya Nabil 3 episodes, 2009
Monica Dolan ...  Nicky Swift 3 episodes, 2009
Emmanuel Ighodaro ...  Errol 'Bruno' Lloyd 3 episodes, 2009
Igal Naor ...  Dr. Sadiq Alasadi 2 episodes, 2009
Stephen Bent Stephen Bent ...  Mr Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
Anna Jaskolka Anna Jaskolka ...  Mrs Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
Lewis Alsamari ...  Yunis 2 episodes, 2009
Laura Donnelly ...  Katy Hibbs 2 episodes, 2009
Adam Beresford Adam Beresford ...  Richard Swift 2 episodes, 2009
Khalid Laith ...  Abdel Allawi 2 episodes, 2009
Greg Kelly ...  Spike 2 episodes, 2009
Charlotte Wakefield Charlotte Wakefield ...  Jess Swift 2 episodes, 2009
Omar Berdouni ...  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) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Besatzer See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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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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Flawed but strong
22 March 2014 | by nicklpoolSee all my reviews

So when does a topical drama go from being 'committed' to being 'shrill'? And when does 'covering many aspects' become 'cluttered'? This was engaged film-making of the Ken Loach style - you'll probably guess from that comparison what the makers' view of the Iraq war was. But even as someone who marched against the war, I found the film overwrought at times.

The sheer number of characters meant some of them were just cyphers, and you got the feeling the makers had tried to bung everything they'd heard about Iraq into the film.

... and yet for all that it was a passionate, 'big' work, well-acted and powerfully-scripted. The plot twists were cheeky, but it was easy to be carried along.

Oh and if you haven't yet seen 'Occupation', avoid the IMDb discussion page. Some numbskulls haven't quite grasped the idea of 'spoilers'!!

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