Baghdad Central (TV series)

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Baghdad Central
GenreCrime thriller
Neo-noir[1]
Based onBaghdad Central, by Elliott Colla
Written byStephen Butchard
Directed byAlice Troughton
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languagesEnglish, Arabic
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producerKate Harwood[2]
Production companyEuston Films
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release3 February (2020-02-03) –
9 March 2020 (2020-03-09)

Baghdad Central is a British crime thriller television series set in Iraq and first broadcast in 2020. It was based on the 2014 novel by Elliott Colla, and adapted by Stephen Butchard. It was directed by Alice Troughton.[3] The executive producer was Kate Harwood[2][4][3]

Plot[edit]

The series is set in Iraq in 2003, shortly after the ousting of Saddam Hussein. It centres on a former policeman, Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter), as he tries to find his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). He is mistakenly arrested and tortured by United States troops but then recruited by a former British policeman, Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel), to become a police officer in the Green Zone.[5][6]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Baghdad Central was first broadcast on Channel 4 in February 2020.[9] In the United States, it has been broadcast on Hulu.[10][11]

Reception[edit]

Baghdad Central has received mostly positive reviews according to aggregator websites, scoring 78 on Metacritic and 90 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes as of May 2020.[12][13] Zuaiter was a nominee for the leading actor award in the 2021 British Academy Television Awards.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, Anthony (28 May 2020). "'Baghdad Central' is noir in the desert". SBS. Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan. "Baghdad Central series 2 is "very possible" and might explore mystery of missing US billions". Radio Times. Hubert Burda Media. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Ellen E. (4 February 2020). "Baghdad Central review – more than just a Middle East Morse". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 5 April 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Baghdad Central: Episodes". Channel 4. Channel Four Television Corporation. Archived from the original on 27 May 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Cremona, Patrick (9 March 2020). "When is Baghdad Central on Channel 4? What is it about?". Radio Times. Hubert Burda Media. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Baghdad Central". SBS On Demand. Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Palmer, Katie (4 February 2020). "Baghdad Central cast: Who is in the cast of Baghdad Central?". Express. Reach plc. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Episode 1". Baghdad Central. Season 1. Episode 1. Event occurs at 4:16. Special Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Baghdad Central: Home". Channel 4. Channel Four Television Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 May 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  10. ^ Nickolai, Nate (13 October 2019). "Fremantle, Hulu Bringing 'Baghdad Central' to United States". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Baghdad Central". Hulu. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Baghdad Central: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. 31 May 2020. Archived from the original on 25 December 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Baghdad Central". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 25 December 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  14. ^ "BAFTA TV 2021: The Winners and Nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 14 July 2021.

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