Ross Kemp in Afghanistan

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  1. Does anyone know when the second series of Ross Kemp in Afghanistan is going to be aired?

    Cheers
     
  2. Start of February I read somewhere, can't remember where I saw it though.
     
  3. Sometime in February. Sky have said so on their TV adverts
     
  4. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    Posters gone up around my local town. 1st Feb.
     
  5. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    Who'd he re-tour with?
     
  6. Can't wait for this, the last one was one of the best war documentaries I've seen, so heres hoping its as good as the last series, especially episode 2, that was the b0ll0cks!
     
  7. 5SCOTS I think.
     
  8. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    No no, I meant the Afghanistan series, not the Gang's series.
     
  9. He's re-touring with the Canterbury-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
     
  10. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    Is that the Camp Condor mob?
     
  11. Yes

    Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion the Royal Regt of Scotland (5 SCOTS)


    I would not go with the "Condor Blues" book..I know a few of the "Jocks" mentioned..they say some of the book is uter fiction... :wink:

    Been told from some of the 7 SCOTS Jocks from our company that were out with 5 on Herrick that it was a good tour....... :D
     
  12. Its on this Sunday, five episodes, details below!

    ROSS KEMP: RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
    (Sunday 1 February at 10pm, Sky1 HD and Sky1)

    Sky1's BAFTA®-winning documentary team return to Helmand Province to experience life on Britain’s front line… and are almost immediately ambushed by the Taliban.

    Ross Kemp's new series, Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan, will premiere on Sunday 1 February on Sky1 HD and Sky1 and is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Ross Kemp in Afghanistan. The five-part series sees Ross and his BAFTA® winning documentary team revisit the war-ravaged country to experience life on the front line and capture the heat of a war zone, all in high definition.

    During his deployment Ross was embedded with Delta Company, part of the Canterbury based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (5 Scots). Ross investigates how things have changed since he was last in the province and how the British forces are combating the changing tactics of the Taliban. He also looks at the conditions British forces endure, and assesses how the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country is progressing.

    The team fly into Camp Bastion, but are immediately relocated to Musa Qaleh, a much sought after target for both ISAF and Taliban forces and scene of the heaviest fighting in the country. This area was under Taliban control when Ross was in Afghanistan in 2007 and was a key staging post for arms and drugs transported to and from Pakistan and Iran. It’s because of its tactical importance that the Taliban want to regain control of the town.

    Ross comments: “We were in a different area this year; we went to Musa Qaleh which was in the hands of the Taliban last time we were there. We went out into the Green Zone which was very dangerous, the corn was very high and you couldn't see the enemy so the contacts were very close”. So close at times bayonets were fixed. Ross comments; ““Progress in Helmand rests and falls on what happens in Musa Qaleh. The Taliban surround it on all sides”.

    EPISODE 1

    Ross and the team have just landed when they’re told to pack their bags for their longest operation yet, north into the Taliban controlled Green Zone. After just 30 minutes on the ground Ross and Delta Company are caught in the middle of a well orchestrated Taliban ambush; coming under severe small arms fire and RPG attack. The only way to escape the ambush is to advance into enemy fire. It’s one of several ambushes which culminate in Ross and Delta Company being surrounded by the Taliban.

    On arriving in Musa Qaleh Ross comments: “We just had to adapt to what we encountered. Almost from the moment we got there, we were face down on the ground under constant Taliban fire. You just have to get through it. It’s amazing how much energy you can find when someone’s trying to shoot at you.” Describing how he was previously shot at, Ross comments: “Anyone who says they’re not scared would be bullshitting.”

    Ross: “The war has changed in that the Taliban are using far more IED's and anti-personnel mines. You don’t have to feed an anti-personnel mine; you don’t have to feed an IED. Another concern is that the Taliban have started laying IED’s in ditches. They know that once a soldier comes under fire they will head for cover. That added pressure, that your next step could be your last, plays havoc with you.”

    Living on site at NW Battle-groups headquarters in Musa Qaleh are Delta Company (a light infantry company), 2 Scots (based in their Mastiff armoured vehicles), a large contingent of the Afghan National Army (ANA) who are being mentored by the Royal Irish Regiment and a small group of Americans who are responsible for training the Afghan National Police (ANP).

    The series has been filmed entirely in HD and will give the audience the most realistic viewpoint ever of what it’s like to be a British soldier at war. Ross comments; “The lens on a HD camera means viewers get a far better understanding of how close to the artillery rounds we really are,” However, filming in HD does present its own unique problems. “The HD camera is bigger and heavier,” says Ross. “Because of its size the Taliban would target us thinking we were carrying weapons. It was worth it though to come away with the quality of footage we filmed”.

    On the current situation and ability of the Taliban Ross comments: “In terms of what I’ve experienced before that was as tough and as hard as it gets. It’s very hard to win when you’ve got no air support in modern warfare. That said, they’re doing a pretty good job. Let’s not underestimate the tenacity and cunning of the Taliban. They’ve been fighting for many years. If you know the land you have an advantage – and they clearly know the land very well.”

    This is not miles away on a balcony; this is Ross living, breathing and almost dying with the troops. Ross comments; “5 Scots really looked after us. We could have been hurt if it hadn’t been for the intervention of these remarkable men.”

    Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan will reveal what British troops face on Britain’s front line each and every day.
     
  13. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    haha, carrying that big heavy camera was worth it eh? poor bloody cameraman.
     
  14. Starts this Sunday, 10PM Sky 1, 5 episodes!!


    ROSS KEMP: RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
    (Sunday 1 February at 10pm, Sky1 HD and Sky1)

    Sky1's BAFTA®-winning documentary team return to Helmand Province to experience life on Britain’s front line… and are almost immediately ambushed by the Taliban.

    Ross Kemp's new series, Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan, will premiere on Sunday 1 February on Sky1 HD and Sky1 and is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Ross Kemp in Afghanistan. The five-part series sees Ross and his BAFTA® winning documentary team revisit the war-ravaged country to experience life on the front line and capture the heat of a war zone, all in high definition.

    During his deployment Ross was embedded with Delta Company, part of the Canterbury based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (5 Scots). Ross investigates how things have changed since he was last in the province and how the British forces are combating the changing tactics of the Taliban. He also looks at the conditions British forces endure, and assesses how the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country is progressing.

    The team fly into Camp Bastion, but are immediately relocated to Musa Qaleh, a much sought after target for both ISAF and Taliban forces and scene of the heaviest fighting in the country. This area was under Taliban control when Ross was in Afghanistan in 2007 and was a key staging post for arms and drugs transported to and from Pakistan and Iran. It’s because of its tactical importance that the Taliban want to regain control of the town.

    Ross comments: “We were in a different area this year; we went to Musa Qaleh which was in the hands of the Taliban last time we were there. We went out into the Green Zone which was very dangerous, the corn was very high and you couldn't see the enemy so the contacts were very close”. So close at times bayonets were fixed. Ross comments; ““Progress in Helmand rests and falls on what happens in Musa Qaleh. The Taliban surround it on all sides”.

    EPISODE 1

    Ross and the team have just landed when they’re told to pack their bags for their longest operation yet, north into the Taliban controlled Green Zone. After just 30 minutes on the ground Ross and Delta Company are caught in the middle of a well orchestrated Taliban ambush; coming under severe small arms fire and RPG attack. The only way to escape the ambush is to advance into enemy fire. It’s one of several ambushes which culminate in Ross and Delta Company being surrounded by the Taliban.

    On arriving in Musa Qaleh Ross comments: “We just had to adapt to what we encountered. Almost from the moment we got there, we were face down on the ground under constant Taliban fire. You just have to get through it. It’s amazing how much energy you can find when someone’s trying to shoot at you.” Describing how he was previously shot at, Ross comments: “Anyone who says they’re not scared would be bullshitting.”

    Ross: “The war has changed in that the Taliban are using far more IED's and anti-personnel mines. You don’t have to feed an anti-personnel mine; you don’t have to feed an IED. Another concern is that the Taliban have started laying IED’s in ditches. They know that once a soldier comes under fire they will head for cover. That added pressure, that your next step could be your last, plays havoc with you.”

    Living on site at NW Battle-groups headquarters in Musa Qaleh are Delta Company (a light infantry company), 2 Scots (based in their Mastiff armoured vehicles), a large contingent of the Afghan National Army (ANA) who are being mentored by the Royal Irish Regiment and a small group of Americans who are responsible for training the Afghan National Police (ANP).

    The series has been filmed entirely in HD and will give the audience the most realistic viewpoint ever of what it’s like to be a British soldier at war. Ross comments; “The lens on a HD camera means viewers get a far better understanding of how close to the artillery rounds we really are,” However, filming in HD does present its own unique problems. “The HD camera is bigger and heavier,” says Ross. “Because of its size the Taliban would target us thinking we were carrying weapons. It was worth it though to come away with the quality of footage we filmed”.

    On the current situation and ability of the Taliban Ross comments: “In terms of what I’ve experienced before that was as tough and as hard as it gets. It’s very hard to win when you’ve got no air support in modern warfare. That said, they’re doing a pretty good job. Let’s not underestimate the tenacity and cunning of the Taliban. They’ve been fighting for many years. If you know the land you have an advantage – and they clearly know the land very well.”

    This is not miles away on a balcony; this is Ross living, breathing and almost dying with the troops. Ross comments; “5 Scots really looked after us. We could have been hurt if it hadn’t been for the intervention of these remarkable men.”

    Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan will reveal what British troops face on Britain’s front line each and every day.