Ross Kemp on Afganistan

#2
What is it with Mr Kemp, waffen? He knows bollix all about Afghanistan, the military or pretty much anything else except where to stand to read his lines.

He's party prix too - connected to New Liarbour and the gutter press.

Sure he won a gong for the Gangs prog, but I'd rather hear from anybody else about the Sandpit.

Why is he presenting it? Graham Norton must be sick or otherwise engaged.

Rant over

Out.
 
#3
If he's the squat, bald guy with piggy eyes, it's because he looks right 'ard, I think.
 
#4
'Ard? Blimey!
 
#6
Ant and Dec are doing a copy cat show from basra on a Saturday night
 
#7
Actually if it is the programme he has done with 1 Royal Anglian in Helamnd it should be a good watch.

So I would reserve judgement if I was you, as he is actually trying to promote the work we do out there not take the pi$$. If he is a popular entertainer and people are prepared to watch his programmes - and he incidently shows the public what we are doing in Afghanistan - then actually he is achieving more than Dannett can in the press!

Just my two pence worth - and yes I have met him and he is a rather nice bloke actually - don't believe all you see on TV he has to pay the bills like the rest of us.

Cheers
 
#8
A bunch of celebrities will be providing covering fire for a house search, and will have defuse 10 ied's for meals!! FFS
 
#9
daz527 said:
A bunch of celebrities will be providing covering fire for a house search, and will have defuse 10 ied's for meals!! FFS
Thanks for that, mind the door doesn't hit you on the arrse on the way out. :roll:

I understand he spent a lot of time with the troops and it will hopefully ram home to civis what it is the boys are doing out there. Not sure what anyone is whinging about, thats all good stuff.
 
#10
"I am a celebrity, get me out of Afghanistan"

Good concept :D
 
#11
For the less well educated here is the full story....now he did fill his boots and it was released.

Cheers


The former EastEnders star Ross Kemp is spending four weeks on operations with the infantry in the lawless Helmand Province to film a documentary aimed at boosting recruitment figures.

Kemp, whose dad was in the Army, has already undergone a gruelling training programme and has learned how to fire a weapon.

He headed off with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and a small film crew early last week after picking up a BAFTA award for his latest TV series, Ross Kemp On Gangs.

One pal said: "He told us it had been really difficult to get insurance because they're going to the frontline and the bosses at Tiger were very worried about something happening out there.

"For the four weeks they're going to be at great risk and Ross said he and the crew were very nervous. He made a point of saying goodbye to everyone he could. He also joked there was one bit of him they weren't able to insure - his private parts. But he wouldn't say why."

Kemp and his team of two cameramen, a sound man and producer have been training with the regiment - nicknamed the Vikings - since the start of the year. They took part in military exercises on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire wearing heavy backpacks, firing live ammunition and learning to fend for themselves.

The crew is being given unprecedented access by the Royal Anglian Regiment in the hope the programme can help the Army boost recruitment, with 2,500 posts unfilled and numbers at their lowest since the Napoleonic Wars.

After playing an SAS sergeant in TV drama Ultimate Force - and with his father formerly in The Royal Norfolk Regiment - Kemp was keen to investigate life in the Army today.

The documentary aims to show how 21st Century soldiers fight the Taliban, survive in extreme conditions and try to win the hearts and minds of locals.

An insider said: "The MoD are bending over backwards to help. They really hope the programme will present the Army in a good light and attract more recruits.

"A lot of filming's been done already and the MoD gets a big say on what stays in the final cut.

"The trouble is, one scene he's insisting has to stay shows some of the lads having to use their own money to buy kit on eBay. It's not great PR but the top brass hope it will be overshadowed by some Boys' Own stuff from the front."

Last year 14,000 recruits left the Army and only 12,000 joined, despite the recruitment age limit being raised from 26 to 33.

The Army has also had to recruit from abroad, with one in 10 British soldiers now a foreign national.

The four-part series, called Ross Kemp On Afghanistan, will be shown in the autumn.
 
#12
I think the point here is why does it have to be Ross Kemp. Is it because he was the hard ex para in enders or the fact that he was in that other programme about the boys in black?

If that's the only connection then its a rather tenious one.
 
#13
King_of_the_Burpas said:
What is it with Mr Kemp, waffen? He knows bollix all about Afghanistan, the military or pretty much anything else except where to stand to read his lines.
Err hello! That's because he's an actor and a presenter :roll: .

What's the problem with him doing what he's paid to do?
 
#14
mediumwhiteamericano said:
I think the point here is why does it have to be Ross Kemp. Is it because he was the hard ex para in enders or the fact that he was in that other programme about the boys in black?

If that's the only connection then its a rather tenious one.
He works in TV and felt up to the task and was hired. Who would you have prefered, Carol Smiley? What does it matter?
 
#15
With Dannett saying the void between military and civilian is growing ever wider. An with us all feeling under valued by all

Who gives s shite 'why him' - if he is a crowd puller and gets our story told - but hey I am just using some logic here.

Cheers
 
#16
As I say - he knows bugger all about the Sandpit, IMHO. Baz says he's "a rather nice bloke". Fine, but that's not the point.

Why can't 1 Royal Angian speak for itself? It's earned the right, surely. Why does it need a celeb to editorialise for it?

You can make a bloody good film about their work without involving 'tinkerbell'.
 
#17
Ord_Sgt said:
mediumwhiteamericano said:
I think the point here is why does it have to be Ross Kemp. Is it because he was the hard ex para in enders or the fact that he was in that other programme about the boys in black?

If that's the only connection then its a rather tenious one.
He works in TV and felt up to the task and was hired. Who would you have prefered, Carol Smiley? What does it matter?
Alright Ord Calm down.

All I am saying is that it could have been anyone and it may rile some people who feel the only reason he is presenting is because of his past roles.
 
#18
I think he did the programme because his relative was in the Norfolk Regiment now part of the Royal Anglians. He has been filming with them before they went to Afghanistan and while they were there and then when they got back too. It should be a great programme but then I am biased as my son is in it too.
 
#19
I agree that this type of programme will highten the publics understanding of what is happening there, but we have the TV guys on the news most nights with the guys in Helmund etc etc, but the truth of matter is this will probably be dished up as entertainment rather than educational cos Mr Kemp is fronting it. I hope i am wrong tho!!
 
#20
A lot of people have a downer on Ross Kemp because of his role in Ultimate Farce Just try to forget that, he is an actor and just has to do the best with the script.

But he has made an effort which is more than can be said for some.

Would like to think some real grown ups and not craven Spin Merchants are involved in this:

".......the MoD gets a big say on what stays in the final cut."

but it could go either way so judgement suspended until the final cut is aired.
 

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