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 ...  Jess Swift 2 episodes, 2009
Omar Berdouni ...  Ahmed 2 episodes, 2009
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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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Drama | War

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16 June 2009 (UK) See more »

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Die Besatzer See more »

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Morocco See more »

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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 »

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

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BBC at its finest
19 June 2009 | by NeilCreatesSee all my reviews

This three-part war drama is definitely the best thing to come out of the BBC in years. Superb writing from Peter Bowker is what really drives it home. An incredibly powerful and original story, combined with Nick Murphy's clever yet subtle direction are a perfect combination.

Then there's the acting - perfectly executed. A great performance from James Nesbitt (as always) as well as Stephen Graham and Warren Brown, who deserves a special mention for some particularly emotional scenes - his agent's phone is going to be ringing off the hook now! The story seamlessly skips in time, often showing 'Three months later' etc. When this happens so often in shows, people can become confused and lose connection with story and characters. In OCCUPATION however, this is not the case. Rather than throwing layers of exposition and lesser moments at the audience, the story remains fast-paced throughout. At no point do you feel cheated in what you see, as the audience is given the freedom to resolve certain story elements for themselves.

It's a must-see for everyone (war fan or not). Packed with great characterisation, strong storytelling and powerful emotion, OCCUPATION is a landmark in British television. Hopefully there will be many more dramas like it in the coming years.


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