Warriors (Peacekeepers in the US) is a British television drama serial, written by Leigh Jackson, produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark and directed by Peter Kosminsky. It starred Matthew Macfadyen, Damian Lewis and Ioan Gruffudd. It was screened on BBC One on 20 and 21 November 1999.
The serial tells the story of a group of British peacekeepers serving in a peacekeeping operation of the UNPROFOR in Vitez, in Bosnia during the Lašva Valley ethnic cleansing in 1993.
The film emphasises the contradictions of the mandate of the peacekeepers, and the psychological trauma that they sustain while being forced to observe atrocities perpetrated against civilians without being able to intervene, and being subject to deliberate provocations against which they are unable to retaliate. The ironic title of the programme is taken from the name of the armoured vehicle used by the British forces, the FV 510 Warrior.
- Ioan Gruffudd as Lieutenant (later Captain) John Feeley.
- Matthew Macfadyen as Private Alan James.
- Damian Lewis as Lieutenant Neil Loughrey.
- Cal Macaninch as Sergeant Andre Sochanik.
- Darren Morfitt as Private Peter Skeet.
- Shaun Dooley as Private John Hookway.
- Tom Ward as Captain Richard Gurney.
- Joe Renton as Corporal Gary Sprague.
- Ifan Meredith as Lieutenant Jonathan Engel.
- Simon Shepherd as Major ‘Brick’ Stone.
- Steve Chaplin as Private Tommy Redmond.
- Greg Chisholm as Private Martin Rook.
- Jodhi May as Emma.
- Predrag Bjelac as Naser Zec.
- Branka Katić as Almira Zec.
- Carsten Voigt as Rik Langrubber.
- Sheyla Shehovich as Minka.
- Elizabeth Lovelady as Sandra Skeet.
- Zaim Muzaferija as Imam.
- British Academy Television Awards:
- Best Drama Serial.
- Best Sound.
- Best Design (nominated).
- Best Photography and Lighting (nominated).
- Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming, Golden FIPA.
- Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Broadcasting Press Guild Award, Best Single Drama.
- Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Golden Nymph, Mini-Series – Best Mini-Series.
- Prix Italia, Fiction, 2000.
- Royal Television Society, UK, RTS Television Award:
- Best Single Drama.
- Best Costume Design.
- Best Music – Original Score.
- Best Sound – Drama.
- Best Production Design – Drama (nominated).
- Best Actor – Male (nominated).
- Best Writer (nominated).
- Music for the serial was written by Debbie Wiseman.
- When it aired in the United States, the serial was re-titled Peacekeepers.
- The serial was released on VHS on 29 November 1999.
- On 07 January 2004 the serial was issued on DVD in the Netherlands.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Peter Kosminsky.
- Michael Dreyer … line producer.
- Pippa Harris … assistant producer.
- Gareth Neame … executive producer.
- Nigel Stafford-Clark … producer.
- Jane Tranter … executive producer.
- Writer(s): Leigh Jackman.
- Music: Debbie Wiseman.
- Cinematography: Richard Greatrex.
- Editor(s): Chris Risdale.
- Production: BBC and Deep Indigo Productions.
- Distributor(s): BBC (original airing).
- Release Date: 20 and 21 November 1999.
- Running Time: 90 minutes (each episode).
- Rating: 15.
- Language: English.