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  • Actors: Ross Kemp
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013U4RSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,074 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this five-part series, actor Ross Kemp travels with his father's old regiment to Helmand Province in Afghanistan to experience firsthand the fight against the Taliban. Filmed during the summer of 2007, the series shows in detail what life is like for the British forces and pulls no punches in its depiction of war and the effect it has on families back at home.

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The hugely acclaimed series from Sky makes its way to DVD, and if you haven’t checked in with it already, then this is the ideal opportunity to see what the fuss surrounding Ross Kemp in Afghanistan is all about.

Kemp, of course, is still primarily known for playing Grant Mitchell in EastEnders. But here there’s no fiction: Ross Kemp in Afghanistan sees him joining his father’s old regiment - 1 Royal Anglian - to get first hand experience of the work of the British Army in the fight against the Taliban.

What differentiates Ross Kemp in Aghanistan from the news reports and documentaries that have also tackled similar subject matter is the sheer candidness of it. There’s no hiding the brutality of war, or the intensity of the fighting here. Some of the footage is quite extraordinary and frequently shocking. And you can hardly accuse Kemp of shirking the action: he’s often slap-bang in the midst of it.

A superb piece of work, and a very enlightening one, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan was richly rewarded with plaudits when it was first broadcast, and rightly so. It’s a towering piece of television, whatever your position on the war itself, and one that simply must piece be seen. Superb. --Jon Foster

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2009
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Ross Kemp is primarily an actor just edging into journalism, rather than being a long-in-the-tooth journalist. As I don't subscribe to Sky I hadn't seen this series on television, nor seen his other series about gangs. However, given the complete absence of anything about the experience of troops on the ground on terrestrial television I felt compelled to buy this DVD set.

Needless to say, Ross doesn't do clever commentary or great depth. But I suspect that, other than war correspondents who have been in the field for years, there are very few people who could do clever and in-depth when a fire-fight is going on around them in an inhospitable environment far from home. Even then, if they stopped to do in-depth in that environment, they'd be an easy target, putting themselves and those around them at risk. So it's a bit superficial in some respects, but it also gets into danger and emotion enough that I suspect many viewers will shed a tear watching.

What Ross does do is to convey the dangers that the troops on the ground face, the hardships they face daily, the gamut of emotions faced surviving the day and surviving a tour, what effect it has on the families back home etc. What he also conveys is the huge admiration he has for the troops. He can be heard saying how humbled he feels being with them and it's absolutely believable. This is a man who has put himself at risk to show the public what risks the troops are taking on behalf of Queen and country (although, as they say, on a daily basis they are fighting for the friends around them rather than fighting for their government etc). With the caveat about the commentary, I'd say he has done a very fine job.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Burgess on 5 Mar. 2008
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This has to be the best programme i have ever watched on TV in my life, It was a true account of what really goes on.
Not many people can actually say they know why our boys are there or what it is they do, this dvd will show you really what life is like for them.......
Hat off to Ross and his crew for getting out there and risking their lives too.
My Brother Cpl Darren Bonner died out in Afghan last year A true hero like all the others,
I have copies of the programmes yet have still placed an order for my official copy
.*.*.*.*.*.* an absolute must buy .*.*.*.*.*.*.*
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I thought long and hard about this.Grunt Mitchell from Eastenders,Henno from that really bad SAS series .Could he pull it off unlike the pints in the Queen Vic.Would his military training as a seargeant in the Regiment help? I know he's a luvvy and I have seen him on some freeview channel about gangs. But this is real combat, real soldiers and what's more real bullits and RPG's.
Well, I give Mr Kemp his journalistic award for this watchable and informative documentary, which I practically watched in one go.
It shows all the horrors and what our boys are dealing with friendly fire,(blue on blue) insurgents and what I call, the vietnam effect "Who are the enemy?" As all around our lads ( let's not forget the lasses as well!!) are possible killers.
I would defintely buy and recommend this DVD if nothing more, some contribution is made to a charity.
So even if you dont like it your contributing!!
On a final note watch out for soldier humour especially when old Ross'y boy is learning to shoot his SA 80.
Defintely a 4 * Buy
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ratboyslim32 on 11 Mar. 2008
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Ross Kemp, an actor who played a hard-man in a long-running British TV soap. Can he really be serious about being a war correspondent? Simply-put, this is an awesome documentary and Ross Kemp puts seasoned journalist to shame. From Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Iraq, I am not aware of a journalist getting this close to what the troops on the ground have to endure since Max Hastings reported from the Falklands War. Ross Kemp really transposes to the viewer the horrors of war and how brave the British soldier is. And what makes this feat even more remarkable is that he is on patrol with the soldiers...but not armed! That takes real courage; to be shot at, mortared; RPG'd and have no form of defence.
During the documentary, there are times when Ross Kemp's naivety does become noticeable e.g. when he tries to explain to a "local" that if they stop shooting, then the British Forces can start helping them. If only the Afghan solution can be that simple!
This documentary does not glorify war; it shows it for what it is.
Ross Kemp (and his crew) must win an award for this bit of film-making!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Rees on 16 Mar. 2008
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I do not usually watch programmes like this. I am against our recent involvement in war and am genuinely horrified by the gung ho nature of the US and UK politicians BUT.... this is a huge wake up call! I learned so much about what conditions are like and was able to view our troops as the human beings they are - their joy at getting contact from home, their appreciation of basic things like a shower and a good meal and their spirit and cameraderie. I had lost sight of all this!
Ross Kemp and his team do an excellent job of showing what happens without glorifying war or preaching, any real message he sends is about the need for them to equipped properly, which is common sense to all but those who run the country.
The crew are brave to actually join the front line and the programme is totally absorbing. Ross Kemp is engaging and reassuringly natural, there is no playing to the camera, no drama for the sake of it and sometimes the images are left to speak for themselves.
It is especially moving when he reports on casualties and interviews loved ones of those who died.
This is a landmark show and needs to be viewed especailly by those who seem apathetic to the armed forces. It does not make me believe war is right but it does remind me that our soldiers are in real danger in a way I could never imagine.
Watch it - then recommend it to someone who needs to develop empathy!
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