Andy McNab's Tour of Duty

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Andy McNab's Tour of Duty
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Andy McNab's Tour of Duty opening title
Starring Andy McNab
Narrated by Andy McNab
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Taylor Downing, David Edgar
Running time 1 hour (with adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV4
Original airing 2008
External links
Website

Andy McNab's Tour of Duty is a British documentary television series about the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.

First broadcast in June and July 2008 on ITV4, the show is presented by ex-SAS soldier Andy McNab, and is cast as an insight into the life of the Allied soldiers in these conflicts,[1] setting aside the already well documented politics of the conflicts and giving accounts in the soldier's own personal frames of reference.[2]

The series combines first hand accounts and amateur film footage shot by the soldiers on the ground, with official archive footage from the Ministry of Defence, and reconstructions.

The series was first commissioned by ITV from Flashback Productions as a 6 part series of 1 hour episodes, to be broadcast exclusively as original programming for the digital channel ITV4 in a move to increased spending on the channel's output in a bid to increase the channel's audience share, and target the channel toward a demographic of 25 to 44-year-old men.[3]

Season 1[edit]

Each of five episodes covers a basic military topic.[4][5] The majority of each 1 hour episode is made up of the narration and reconstruction of a particular engagement. In conjunction, a second unrelated engagement is also narrated and reconstructed in parallel in a short slot. Both reconstructions are interspersed with the accounts of those involved and real footage. Also included are so-called 'McNab briefings', where McNab describes particular weapons and tactics. Background information about the units is also given.

Episode 1 - Under Siege[edit]

  • Major engagement - Members of The Tigers in central Amarah, Iraq, come under sustained siege and mortar fire in their base, a former governor's residence, overlooking a bend in the Tigris. The base is defended with the help of the snipers in the unit.
  • Minor engagement - A US Marine sniper gives covering fire to an ambushed patrol in Iraq, from a position atop a gasometer.

Episode 2 - Face to Face[edit]

  • Major engagement - In Basra, a 9-man 2 vehicle patrol by 1RHA is trapped in a house by Iraqi insurgents, and resists attack in close quarters. They are eventually extracted by Warrior tracked armoured vehicles of the The Tigers with no casualties, although one of the extraction force is killed.

Episode 3 - Ambush[edit]

  • Major engagement - A foot patrol of 3 PARA, in the first few weeks of their deployment in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan, are ambushed upon leaving the village of Zumbelay after a routine hearts and minds visit. They are accompanied on the patrol by two embedded journalists from The Times, and a 4 vehicle fire support group.
  • Minor engagement - A US Marine diverts fire from wounded colleagues after an ambush by engaging a house with an RPG in Iraq
  • Briefing - Heavy calibre machine gun. Ambush tactics.

Episode 4 - Man Down[edit]

  • Major engagement - A platoon from 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) on patrol come under fire in a Taliban ambush. Two casualties occur, one of whom is a member of the rescue party
  • Minor engagement - A US Marine attempts to save a wounded Marine, while being wounded himself.
  • Briefing - M240 GPMG

Episode 5 - Hidden Enemy[edit]

  • Major engagement -
  • Minor engagement - A EOD US Marine confronts an exploding IED
  • Briefing - Javelin anti-tank missile system.Improvised Explosive Device.

Episode 6 - Courage Under Fire[edit]

  • Major engagement -
  • Minor engagement - British Pathfinders and Danish Recon soldiers in the Battle for Musa Quala
  • Briefing - 40mm Grenade Machinegun

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mirror Andy McNab's Tour Of Duty 10 June 2008
  2. ^ The Guardian Watch This - McNab's Tour of Duty, 10 June 2008
  3. ^ Broadcast Magazine published by EMAP. ITV4 re-loads for next assault, 7 May 2008
  4. ^ movie-tv-episode-database.com Episode listing for season 1
  5. ^ uk-tv-guide.com Episode listing for season 1

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