Ross Kemp in Afghanistan (2008): S01E02 – Camp Bastion


Introduction

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 arrives at Camp Bastion, he’s given a medical briefing then straight out on an offensive operation in the ‘green zone’, a thin strip of agricultural land that lines the banks of the Helmand. It is during this first foray that Ross experiences the dangers faced by British soldiers. Only a few hours out from base and the convoy immediately behind Ross’ hits an explosive device and the crew learn that Corporal Darren Bonner has been killed. Further into their mission B Company patrol come under fire from Taliban positions. Ross and the crew are pinned down in open …

Ross Kemp Documentaries

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 28 January 2008.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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