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Greenlit: Fighting on the Frontline, Channel 4

Fighting on the Frontline (3 x 60′) – Documentary series with unprecedented access to Britain’s armed forces: troops reveal the inside story of what it’s really like fighting on a tour of duty in Afghanistan today.

Filmed on and off the battlefield, each episode follows the story of a group of servicemen and women fighting the war from three unique perspectives: on foot, in the air and from behind the wheel of armoured vehicles. The documentary crew are the first ever to follow the Apache attack helicopter pilots in a war zone. For the first time they speak in detail about a job that until now has been shrouded in secrecy.

Fighting on the Frontline strips away formality with shockingly candid interviews, deploying the no-holds-barred humour of the troops: whether it is the foot soldiers, or ‘bullet-catchers’, for whom injury and death are occupational hazards; Chinook helicopter crews flying to the rescue of another casualty of war; the modern-day cavalry soldiers charging through the desert in armoured vehicles, hunting for an elusive enemy; or the Apache pilots in an attack helicopter, targeting and killing the enemy.

This series lays bare the reality of what our troops are up against on a daily basis, hearing them speak honestly and humorously about coping with life in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Minnow Films

TX: September 2011

Source: Channel 4