The BBC have asked me to post this, which sounds ripe for some ARRSE honest comment! Occupation will start on BBC One on Tuesday the 16th of June at 9:00pm, episode 2 will go out on Wednesday the 17th of June at 9:00pm and the final episode will go out on Wednesday the 18th of June at 9:00pm Occupation is a searingly powerful drama that spans the five years following the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It follows the lives of three soldiers and friends, first during the battle for Basra, then as they struggle to adapt to life back home, then finally as very different forces draw them back to Iraq. The BBC's first major drama set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, Occupation is an unforgettable journey into the heart of the darkness that is conflict and its chaotic aftermath. During the invasion of Iraq in April 2003, three British soldiers from the same unit come under cross-fire in a Basra flat; there an explosion has huge consequences for an Iraqi girl, and will radically shape the lives of Danny, Mike and Hibbs over the coming years. Failing to adjust to civilian life in Manchester, each for his own reasons is inspired to return to Basra, one for money, one for love, and one because he passionately believes in the mission to rebuild Iraq. They return later that year to a Basra awash with billions of US dollars, creating a boom time for private military contractors. As the drama charts their interwoven journeys from the invasion of Iraq to the present, we see how these three friends, united in battle, are torn apart by the aftermath. Starring: James Nesbitt (Five Minutes of Heaven, Murphy's Law) plays Sgt Mike Swift; Stephen Graham (This Is England) plays Cpl Danny Peterson and Warren Brown (Hollyoaks) plays, L/Cpl Lee Hibbs, Nonso Anozie plays Erik Lester and Lubna Azabal as Dr. Aliyah Nabi.