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, Episode 4 - The Past Is A Different Colony

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

Further details

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

When informed from London that military fashion is "in" this season, the team are sent in search of a story about sniper-chic. Their search takes them to an old colonial house and the formidable Mags O'Mara, where they encounter a night of colonial tales, African magic and Strictly Come Dancing.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 29th July 2009
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martin Jarvis David Bradburn
Doon Mackichan Jane Thomason
Bruce Mackinnon Harry Chambers
Joanna Brookes Margaret Hollis
Damian O'Hare Rory Wallace
Lydiah Gitachu Grace Matiko
Harry Lloyd Alexander Taylor-Pierce
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Joyful Sifuri
Guest cast
Rosalind Ayres Mags O'Mara
Lenny Juma Village Elder
Sarah Scott Charteris Alisha
Geniva Minja Tawny-Limbed Woman
Writing team
Tira Shubart Writer
Jon Rolph Writer
Paul Kerensa Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Jon Rolph Director
Adam Miller Director
Tira Shubart Producer
Jon Rolph Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
William Webb Editor
Georgina Millett Production Designer
David Lowe Composer


Jungle Girls

David reads from the first chapter of his novel.

Featuring: Bruce Mackinnon (Harry Chambers), Damian O'Hare (Rory Wallace), Lydiah Gitachu (Grace Matiko), Sarah Scott Charteris (Alisha).