Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: Rory Wallace (Damian O'Hare), Jane Thomason (Doon Mackichan), David Bradburn (Martin Jarvis), Joyful Sifuri (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith), Margaret Hollis (Joanna Brookes), Harry Chambers (Bruce Mackinnon), Grace Matiko (Lydiah Gitachu). Copyright: BBC.

Taking The Flak

BBC Two comedy drama / sitcom. 7 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Stars Martin Jarvis, Doon Mackichan, Bruce Mackinnon, Joanna Brookes, Damian O'Hare, Lydiah Gitachu, Lucy Chalkley and others.

Series 1

Taking The Flak. Margaret Hollis (Joanna Brookes). Copyright: BBC.

1. Bigfooting

First broadcast: Wednesday 8th July 2009

A small African war suddenly becomes the centre of global attention when a team of BBC journalists arrives in Karibu, ready to cover the conflict. Local 'stringer' Harry is hanging on to the bottom of the journalist ladder and thinks the story will be his big break. But he finds himself 'bigfooted' when BBC News heavyweights, including senior foreign correspondent David Bradburn, flanked by his production team, and Margaret Hollis from the World Service, arrive in town.

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Taking The Flak. Candida Coulter (Ruby Wax). Copyright: BBC.

2. Black Gold

First broadcast: Wednesday 15th July 2009

When US network news legend Candida Coulter cascades into Karibu, the American invasion of the conflict-torn African country begins.

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Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: Goroi (David Mulwa), Harry Chambers (Bruce Mackinnon). Copyright: BBC.

3. Cursed Is The Country

First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd July 2009

There is more conflict in the African country of Karibu when junior BBC stringer Harry meets girlfriend Grace's father for the first time.

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Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: David Bradburn (Martin Jarvis), Mags O'Mara (Rosalind Ayres). Copyright: BBC.

4. The Past Is A Different Colony

First broadcast: Wednesday 29th July 2009

The conflict in Karibu seems far away as the team turn their attentions to finding a human-interest story.

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Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Hollis (Joanna Brookes), Jane Thomason (Doon Mackichan). Copyright: BBC.

5. Unfriendly Fire

First broadcast: Wednesday 5th August 2009

A trip to a school out in the bush takes a turn for the lethal when the team finds itself caught in the crossfire between government and rebel forces.

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Taking The Flak. Jeremy Morrison (Rhashan Stone). Copyright: BBC.

6. White Elephants

First broadcast: Wednesday 12th August 2009

Much to David Bradburn's dismay, BBC Brussels Correspondent and media darling Jeremy Morrison is parachuted into Karibu to report on the ceasefire.

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Taking The Flak. Image shows from L to R: Jane Thomason (Doon Mackichan), David Bradburn (Martin Jarvis), Joyful Sifuri (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith). Copyright: BBC.

7. Viva Africa

First broadcast: Wednesday 19th August 2009

The war is over and celebrations fill the streets of Karibu, in the last episode of the satire about international news reporting.

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