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Occupation (BBC-1 2009, James Nesbitt, Warren Brown)

Occupation

Drama serial Occupation focuses on three British soldiers who find themselves in Basra, Iraq during the first stage of occupation in 2003 and later, when each of the three is drawn to return, each for different reasons, money, love and idealism.

Filmed on location in Northern Ireland and Morocco, Occupation was a highly charged intense drama. James Nesbitt (still on his quest to be in every show ever made) took the lead and writer Peter Bowker spent some four years honing the scripts.

production details
UK / BBC One – Kudos Film and Television / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 – 18 June 2009

Writer: Peter Bowker / Executive Producers: Derek Wax, Peter Spence / Producer: Laurie Borg / Director: Nick Murphy

cast
James Nesbitt as Mike Swift
Stephen Graham as Danny Peterson
Lubna Azabal as Aliyah Nabil
Nonso Anozie as Erik Lester
Warren Brown as Lee Hibbs
Emmanuel Ighodaro as Bruno
Lewis Alsamari as Yunis
Monica Dolan as Nicky Swift
Charlotte Wakefield as Jess Swift
Stephen Bent as Mr Hibbs
Anna Jaskolka as Mrs Hibbs