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The Long Road Home (NGC 2017, Michael Kelly, Sarah Wayne Callies)

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Based on the New York Times best-selling book by internationally acclaimed journalist Martha Raddatz, The Long Road Home tells the story of “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004. Eight Americans would make the ultimate sacrifice that day and more than 65 would be seriously wounded. No soldier fights alone. The soldiers in this story are no exception.

The scripted series offers viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes and the hearts of the soldiers themselves and their families back home. It is an adrenaline-fueled and emotional journey that follows the action of the battle on two simultaneous fronts – the chaotic, terror-filled streets of Sadr City, where a group of inexperienced young soldiers faces an unexpected and unimaginable attack with bravery they never knew they had, and the homefront at Fort Hood, where family members, desperate for news of their loved ones and fearing the worst, discover their own courage and determination as well.

With unprecedented intimacy, the eight-part series tells the stories not only of these courageous soldiers but also of their compatriots involved in the three desperate and deadly rescue missions launched to save them. Across eight hours, reflecting the exact amount of time the soldiers were pinned down, each episode highlights a different character’s unique and compelling journey as we come to understand their heroism and humanity.

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Country: USA | National Geographic Channel
Release Year: 2017

Benjamin Anderson as Executive Producer
Edward McGurn as Executive Producer
Jason Clark as Executive Producer
Martha Raddatz as Original Author
Mikael Salomon as Director
Mike Medavoy as Executive Producer
Mikko Alanne as Writer/Executive Producer
Phil Abraham as Director

cast
Michael Kelly as Lt. Col. Gary Volesky
Sarah Wayne Callies as Leann Volesky
Noel Fisher as Pvt Tomas Young
Joey Luthman as SPC Jonathan Riddell
E.J. Bonilla as Lt. Shane Aguero
Darius Homayoun as Jassim Al-Lani
Jon Beavers as Sgt. Eric Bourquin
Jorge Diaz as SPC. Israel Garza
Franklin Silverio as SPC Acevedo
Joshua Brennan as SGT. Jackson
Ezekiel Z. Swinford as SPC Matt Fisk
Tristan Riggs as Chapel Kid

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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