Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: Rory Wallace (Damian O'Hare), Jane Thomason (Doon Mackichan). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Taking The Flak

Comedy drama following a team of journalists in a war zone who are in a state of perpetual danger, not just from bombs... but each other too

AKA:
The Calais Rules (Working Title)
Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2009  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
7 (1 series)
Starring:
Martin Jarvis, Doon Mackichan, Bruce Mackinnon, Joanna Brookes, Damian O'Hare, Lydiah Gitachu, Lucy Chalkley, Harry Lloyd, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Writers:
Tira Shubart, Jon Rolph
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

An acerbic, authentic and caustic comedy drama that covers the entire progress of a small African war, as seen through the eyes of a team of journalists sending back the nightly reports for the BBC News at Ten.

Taking the Flak shows how journalists in war zones live in a state of perpetual danger not just from bombs but from disease, dysentery, bedbugs, bugged beds, their colleagues, their competitors and their loved ones, who are out of sight and out of mind. If they can't get themselves embedded with the army, they'll get embedded with each other.

The team includes the smooth, veteran correspondent; the harassed, but infinitely resourceful, producer; and the green and gauche rookie stringer. They're all dropped into a hotel and forced to choose between a room on 'the shooting side' and 'the mortar side'.

Football-mad boy soldiers, corrupt car dealers, intestinal discomfort, unexploded landmines, old flames, impromptu hostage situations, YouTube viral videos and colossal egos all combust under the African sun. There is a story to be told in Karibu - but who will get to tell it?

Our Review: This show started slowly, perhaps un-wisely beginning with a double-length special which will put some people off. But those that stuck with the show, found it warming up into a likeable series.

We'd like to spend more time with the team... but the high costs of filming the series abroad has meant that there won't be a second series.