Baghdad Central: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Baghdad Central

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Waleed Zuaiter proves a strong lead in Baghdad Central, a multilingual geopolitical thriller with a sense of humanity.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

New six-part noir thriller starring Waleed Zuaiter, Bertie Carvel, Corey Stoll, Clara Khoury, Leem Lubany and July Namir, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla. It's 2003 and Iraq is occupied by a US-led coalition. In Baghdad, when his elder daughter Sawsan (Lubany) goes missing, Muhsin al-Khafaji (Zuaiter), an ex-police inspector in the Iraqi Police Service, determines to find her. His younger daughter Mrouj (Namir) tells him that Sawsan has got a job through her university professor Zubeida Rashid (Khoury), working as an interpreter for the Coalition Authority. When he is asked to help rebuild a new Iraqi Police Service by British policeman Frank Temple (Carvel), Khafaji has to decide whether to become a collaborator to gain access to the secure Green Zone and further his search for his daughter.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

Continuing the six-part noir thriller, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla. Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is called to his first crime scene: a Coalition Authority safe house, where a dead Iraqi man has been discovered. He soon uncovers a second body, hidden and booby-trapped. US military policeman John Parodi (Corey Stoll) clashes with Khafaji's boss,Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel), because the safe house is one of his. Khafaji later witnesses a daring attack on a Green Zone checkpoint by someone he immediately connects with Professor Zubeida Rashid (Clara Khoury) andhis missing daughter Sawsan (Leem Lubany).

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

Continuing the six-part noir thriller, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla. Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) goes to Zubeida's (Clara Khoury) house demanding answers, but is surprised by the arrival of Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel). Khafaji offers his services to Parodi (Corey Stoll) as an investigator, despite Parodi's warning that Temple won't approve. Khafaji discovers that there is a connection between his daughter and one of the murdered men. He breaks into a trailer and comes across a cache of hidden dollars.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

Continuing the six-part noir thriller, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla. Parodi (Corey Stoll) raids an Iraqi home, searching for the key to the attack on the Green Zone. He finds a photograph of three girls: Candy, Zahra and an unknown third girl.Discovering his money is missing, Temple (Bertie Carvel) trumps up accusations of 'war crimes' to have Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) arrested. Writer: Stephen Butchard; Prod: Jonathan Curling; Exec Prods: Kate Harwood, Alice Troughton, Stephen Butchard; Dir: Ben A. Williams; Prod Co: Euston Films. The full series is available, free to view or download, on All 4. The series also continues next week on Channel 4.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

Continuing the six-part noir thriller, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla. Zubeida Rashid (Clara Khoury) offers to help Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) find Sawsan (Leem Lubany), but when they discover her whereabouts it appears that she has already fled. A murder in the Green Zone wrecks Parodi's (Corey Stoll) investigation and brings Parodi, Temple (Bertie Carvel) and his mercenary friend Evans (Neil Maskell) into conflict. Lacking evidence, Parodi is forced to look outside for answers and tasks Khafaji with bringing in the person he sees as the 'head of the snake'. A security alert is triggered by an unexpected arrival in the Green Zone and, after a brutal fight in Temple's trailer, Evans arrives to mop up the consequences.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2020

The six-part noir thriller, based on the book Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla, draws to a dramatic conclusion in this final episode. Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) realises that he must get his family out of Iraq. Both of his daughters need rescuing: one from the Green Zone and one from captivity. He plans an audacious trap for Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) and Douglas Evans (Neil Maskell), but will it succeed or will there be one final casualty? Help comes to the beleaguered family from an unexpected source during a last-minute flight to the border.

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Cast

Waleed Zuaiter
as Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji
Corey Stoll
as Captain John Parodi
Bertie Carvel
as Frank Temple
Leem Lubany
as Sawsan al-Khafaji
July Namir
as Mrouj al-Khafaji
Clara Khoury
as Zubeida Rashid
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Critic Reviews for Baghdad Central Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Neither power nor politics is really the strength, or point, of Baghdad Central, which is always being driven by Mr. Zuaiter and his singular performance.

Mar 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The police chief is boring and noble, the plot dragging and self-regarding, leaving the heavy lifting to Bertie Carvel, as the 'tached and nervous Met officer to whom our hero is assigned.

Mar 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Baghdad Central is what Channel 4 calls a "dual-language drama", aiming to strike a perfect balance between subtitles-for-authenticity and English-for-easy-viewing. It mostly succeeds.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It has the confidence to make Muhsin the lead, with Zuaiter more than holding his own against the excellent Bertie Carvel, who plays a British bureaucrat sharing Saddam's repurposed Republican Palace with Americans he loathes.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Powercuts, checkpoints and harassment form the daily routine for these Iraqis, who hoped so much and got so little from regime change. A soundscape of Arabic music adds a thrilling pulse of menace as the action moves inexorably towards violence.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I can see this noir is well done, but I'm not sure I have the stomach for a whole series.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is appalling that a high-level member of the American occupation ends up the "voice of reason" and the virtual hero of the series.

Aug 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Baghdad Central takes a well-worn scenario - an honorable cop caught in deadly circumstances - and uses it to show us something new. v

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Baghdad Central is well-written, -directed and -acted, and the debut episode sets the table for some potentially vigorous drama.

Apr 7, 2020 | Full Review…

If I was struck by anything, it was the humanity and warmth of Zuaiter's performance, so if I go back, it will be for that. I've decided. I will go back.

Feb 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As Khafaji, Waleed Zuaiter brings a wholly convincing air of crushed world-weariness, as he keeps on keeping on because there is no alternative.

Feb 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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