Baghdad Central (2020– )
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Former policeman Muhsin is grieving after the loss of his wife and son and tending his chronically ill daughter Mrouj when he learns that his elder daughter Sawsan is missing and had been living a hidden life.

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Alice Troughton
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Episode credited cast:
Waleed Zuaiter ... Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji
Corey Stoll ... Captain John Parodi
Bertie Carvel ... Frank Temple
Leem Lubany ... Sawsan al-Khafaji
July Namir ... Mrouj al-Khafaji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maisa Abd Elhadi ... Zahra
Thaer Al-Shayei ... Omar
Nathan Altai ... Fares
Tawfeek Barhom ... Amjad
Reda Elazouar ... Ali Jabani
Walles Hamonde ... Checkpoint Interpreter
Jonny Holden ... Clark Kibbert
Clara Khoury ... Zubeida Rashid
Charlotte Spencer
Hisham Suliman ... Nidal
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Former policeman Muhsin is grieving after the loss of his wife and son and tending his chronically ill daughter Mrouj when he learns that his elder daughter Sawsan is missing and had been living a hidden life.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [United Kingdom]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2020 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Episode 1
9 February 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When the Vietnam war ended in 1974 it took some years before we had truly critical films about the war. Platoon was released in 1986.

The trouble with the Iraq invasion of 2003 is that the aftermath is still being felt. Once the American troops eventually left, parts of the country was then occupied by ISIS.

With no standstill, it is difficult for a drama to deal how ordinary Iraqi people were affected by it.

Baghdad Central is based on a noir novel. It starts with life before the invasion in March 2003. But the bulk of it is set in November 2003.

Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is an ex policeman whose life is devastated. His wife is dead and his daughter Sawsan who was attending college is missing.

Muhsin has been tortured for being mistaken for a Saddam Hussein apparatchik. Now with the help of ex British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) he can become a policeman again by rebuilding the Iraqi police force. He can also get access to the Green Zone, all useful to find the whereabouts of his daughter and care for his ill younger daughter.

I thought the first episode was well filmed. Moroccan locations were used for Baghdad. I sense the series wants to emulate Edge of Darkness, still the gold standard for this type of noirish conspiracy thrillers. The clue is Temple being the Darius Jedburgh kind of character who adds humour.

The first episode was rather fuzzy. The show wants to hold its cards to its chest. Temple might be critical of the US military and wants to genuine help the Iraqis. It is just too early to tell.


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