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 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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Did You Know?


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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Definitely good
30 June 2009 | by ed-255See all my reviews

Well made and quite gripping.

However, I thought it was totally unconvincing that Danny and Lester were capable of running a successful military contractor company. Danny was completely unstable and had no aptitude for business or level-headedness.

So Lester must have done all the organizing and thinking, though we never saw any of that take place. But why in the world would Lester trust Danny and think he was a suitable business partner?

Another thing that seemed unlikely: the Americans and Iraqis were easily able to understand the British characters' strong accents (Northern Ireland, Manchester, and Newcastle?). I had plenty of difficulty understanding what they were saying, and I'm British and sitting comfortably at home, and sometimes even rewinding it or switching the volume up.

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