Ross Kemp in Afghanistan (2008): S01E01 – Royal Anglian


Ross James Kemp (born 21 July 1964) is an English actor, author, and television war reporter. He rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Since 2004, Kemp has received international recognition as a journalist for the BAFTA Award-winning documentary series Ross Kemp on Gangs.

Outline (Series)

The series follows the soldiers of B Company of the 1st Battalion on their training for deployment, on fighting operations, as well as examining life and conditions at the Now Zad front line base. At times the Taliban are no more than 50 metres away. The series also features interviews with soldiers and their families while still in England before deployment; with the mother of the Anglians’ first casualty in Afghanistan, killed in May 2007 in a firefight at Nawzad; with the family of one of the men killed in the friendly fire incident; and with a corporal who survived the bombing. The series runs until the soldiers return to the UK.

Outline (Episode)

Ross prepares for deployment and joins up with 1 Royal Anglian as they train during a cold British winter on Salisbury Plain. They are training for what they will face in Afghanistan which includes convoy protection and deploying from Chinook helicopters. During one exercise Ross’ group is attacked and Ross and several others are told that they have been ‘killed’ by the enemy. It is a sobering thought. Three months later and Ross will be playing this scenario for real.

Ross Kemp Documentaries

You can find a full index and overview of Ross Kemp’s documentaries here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 21 January 2008.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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