Does anyone know when the second series of Ross Kemp in Afghanistan is going to be aired?
Mr Happy said:
assistant said:Its on this Sunday, five episodes, details below!
ROSS KEMP: RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN
(Sunday 1 February at 10pm, Sky1 HD and Sky1)
Sky1's BAFTAÂ®-winning documentary team return to Helmand Province to experience life on Britainâs front lineâ¦ 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 BAFTAÂ® 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. Itâs because of its tactical importance that the Taliban want to regain control of the town.
Ross comments: âWe 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 closeâ. So close at times bayonets were fixed. Ross comments; ââProgress in Helmand rests and falls on what happens in Musa Qaleh. The Taliban surround it on all sidesâ.
Ross and the team have just landed when theyâre 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. Itâs one of several ambushes which culminate in Ross and Delta Company being surrounded by the Taliban.
On arriving in Musa Qaleh Ross comments: âWe 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. Itâs amazing how much energy you can find when someoneâs trying to shoot at you.â Describing how he was previously shot at, Ross comments: âAnyone who says theyâre not scared would be bullshitting.â
Ross: âThe war has changed in that the Taliban are using far more IED's and anti-personnel mines. You donât have to feed an anti-personnel mine; you donât have to feed an IED. Another concern is that the Taliban have started laying IEDâs 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.â
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 itâs like to be a British soldier at war. Ross comments; âThe lens on a HD camera means viewers get a far better understanding of how close to the artillery rounds we really are,â However, filming in HD does present its own unique problems. âThe HD camera is bigger and heavier,â says Ross. âBecause 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 filmedâ.
On the current situation and ability of the Taliban Ross comments: âIn terms of what Iâve experienced before that was as tough and as hard as it gets. Itâs very hard to win when youâve got no air support in modern warfare. That said, theyâre doing a pretty good job. Letâs not underestimate the tenacity and cunning of the Taliban. Theyâve been fighting for many years. If you know the land you have an advantage â and they clearly know the land very well.â
This is not miles away on a balcony; this is Ross living, breathing and almost dying with the troops. Ross comments; â5 Scots really looked after us. We could have been hurt if it hadnât been for the intervention of these remarkable men.â
Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan will reveal what British troops face on Britainâs front line each and every day.
halomonkey said:For those who get Sky2 it's already started. Saw the first episode last night and yes whilst a programme highlighting what's really happening is a good thing, Kemp once again appears to be a liability during contacts. The guys on the ground shouldn't have to be taking time during contact to remind him to get down and stay down. He did the same thing in the first series. Personally I think the same job could be done with a helmet cam and the footage sent back afterwards, to have commentary added by whoever they think will sell the programme to the masses. Be it Kemp or someone else.