Actor Ross Kemp and his BAFTA winning documentary team journey to Britain’s front line in Afghanistan for a new series airing on Sky One and Sky One HD later this month.
Kemp joins British troops to experience for himself the Army�s attempts at bringing peace to one of the world�s most dangerous war zones and to witness the Army�s attempts at bringing about a sea change in this hugely volatile region.
Described as ” hard hitting and thought provoking documentary series” Ross Kemp in Afghanistan focuses on the British Army’s deployment in Helmand Province and features exclusive access to the Vikings � 1 Royal Anglian.
The series chronicles the experiences of British soldiers as they adapt to life in a hostile environment, battle against a fanatical enemy; the Taliban, and attempt to win the hearts and minds of the local population. Ross also meets soldier’s families in the UK to see how they cope when their loved ones are away as well as meeting the families of soldiers who didn�t make it home alive.
Ross comments; “Conditions in Afghanistan are intolerable. The heat is stifling and there’s the constant threat of snipers, RPG attacks and land mines. During one engagement between B Company and the Taliban we were pinned down by enemy fire in open ground; bullets fizzed by inches from our heads, hitting the ground on either side of us. It was the most frightening experience of my life. I’ve never hugged the ground as tightly as I did when that happened. It’s definitely the closest I have ever come to dying. I was so scared.”
The documentary makes history as the first war zone feature to be filmed in High Definition. The broadcast will also boast Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and a red button commentary from director John Conroy and series producer Matt Bennett.
Ross Kemp in Afghanistan is exclusive to Sky One and Sky One HD. Mondays at 9pm from January 21st.