Baghdad Central is the new drama coming to Channel 4 set during the Iraqi war in 2003. The series comes from BAFTA nominee Stephen Butchard, who has been behind the likes of Stolen, The Last Kingdom and The House of Saddam.
When does Baghdad Central air?
Baghdad Central premieres tonight (Monday, January 3) at 10pm on Channel 4.
There are six episodes in the series, which will air weekly on Channel 4.
Each instalment on Baghdad Central is 60 minutes in length.
To watch Baghdad Central, you can watch episodes as they air on Channel 4, or you can stream the episode live online via Channel 4’s website All4.
All episodes of Baghdad Central will be available to stream via All4 after each instalment has aired on Channel 4.
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Who stars in Baghdad Central?
American actor and producer Waleed Zuaiter stars as Khafaji in Baghdad Central.
Khafaji is a former Iraqi police officer, who was once a victim of mistaken identity at the hands of US forces.
Zuaiter is best known for co-producing and starring in the Oscar-nominated film Omar.
Olivier and Tony Award winner Bertie Carvel stars as Frank Temple, a former British police officer who is helping to rebuild Iraq’s police force from the ground up.
House of Cards star Corey Stoll plays Captain Parodi, a US military police captain who is Temple’s archnemesis.
Homeland star July Namir plays Mrjouj, Khafaji’s sick daughter and Omar star Leem Lubany plays Sawsan, her older sister who leads a secret life.
Israeli Clara Khoury takes on the role of Professor Zubeida, who she describes as an “independent, strong woman with high aspirations.”
Peaky Blinders star Neil Maskell plays Evans, a private contractor working with Temple.
Other cast members include Tawfeek Barhom as Amjad and Maisa And Elhadi as Zahra.
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What is Baghdad Central about?
Baghdad Central is a crime-thriller, set in the midst of the Iraq War.
The series is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by American author, Elliott Colla.
Much of drama takes place after the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in March 2003.
Baghdad has been occupied by American forces for six months but the Iraqi army has disbanded and the police and local governing bodies have collapsed.
Baghdad Central follows the story of an Iraqi ex-police officer, Muhsin al-Khafaji (played by Waleed Zuaiter)
Khafaji is desperate to protect his sick daughter Mrouj (July Namir) but when he learns his estranged oldest daughter Sawsan (Leem Lubany) is missing, he is forced to try and find her.
However, when his daughter goes missing, things take a horrific turn for Khafaji.
He learns that his daughter and her two friends, Sanaa (Nora El Koussour) and Zahra (Maisa Abd Elhadi) have been leading dangerous and secret lives.
Muhsin is later recruited by a former British police officer, Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) who has been sent to rebuild the Iraqi Police Force.
The synopsis reads: “Temple recruits ex-cop Khafaji to give his operation some much-needed local credibility.
“But unbeknown to both Temple and his nemesis, upstanding American Military Police Captain John Parodi (Corey Stoll) Khafaji is compelled by his own, secret reasons to risk everything by collaborating with the occupying forces.
“Meanwhile a new threat represented by security op Douglas Evans (Neil Maskell) provides a terrifying and sinister counterforce to his efforts.”
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Is there a trailer for Baghdad Central?
Yes, there is finally a trailer for Baghdad Central.
The trailer does not stop short of showcasing how intense the series is going to be.
Not only is there violence and explosions depicted in the trailer, but the human toll of the Iraqi war can also be seen on screen.
Baghdad Central starts tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.
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