Occupation is a three-part drama serial broadcast by BBC One in June 2009. It was written by Peter Bowker and produced by Kudos for BBC Northern Ireland.
Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.
The serial follows the fortunes of three British Army soldiers from the 2003 invasion of Basra to 2007. Each is inspired to return to Basra for different reasons: one returns for love; one for monetary gain; and one for his belief in the mission to rebuild the country.
- James Nesbitt as Mike Swift.
- Stephen Graham as Danny Ferguson.
- Warren Brown as Lee Hibbs.
- Nonso Anozie as Erik Lester.
- Yigal Naor as Dr Sadiq Alasadi.
- Lubna Azabal as Dr Aliya Nabil.
- Omar Berdouni as Ahmed.
- Monica Dolan as Nicky Swift.
- Andrew-Paul Roberts as Richard Swift.
- Lewis Alsamari as Yunis.
- Fenar Mohammed-Ali as Yassin.
- Greg Kelly as Spike.
- John Prentice as John Prentice the 3rd of Lisburn Town.
- It took four years to bring the serial to screen.
- Filming took place in Morocco and Northern Ireland.
- 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.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Nick Murphy.
- Karim Abouobayd … line producer: Morocco (3 episodes, 2009).
- Laurie Borg … producer (3 episodes, 2009).
- Lisa McAtackney … line producer (3 episodes, 2009).
- Derek Wax … executive producer (3 episodes, 2009).
- Writer(s): Peter Bowker.
- Music: Daniel Pemberton.
- Cinematography: David Odd.
- Editor(s): Victoria Boydell.
- BBC America.
- BBC Northern Ireland.
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
- Kudos Film and Television.
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2009) (UK) (TV) (BBC1).
- ARTE (2011) (Germany) (TV).
- BBC America (2010) (USA) (TV).
- Duna Televízió (2013) (Hungary) (TV).
- Rough Trade Distribution (2015) (Germany) (DVD).
- WOWOW (2010) (Japan) (TV) (2 parts).
- Yleisradio (YLE) (2010) (Finland) (TV).
- Release Date: 16 June 2009 to 18 June 2009.
- Running Time: 180 minutes (total running time).
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.