Ross's Return

Former EastEnders hardman Ross Kemp has returned to Afghanistan to film a follow up to a documentary series screened earlier this year.

The actor spent time with the 1st Battalion of the British Army's Royal Anglian Regiment in Afghanistan's Helmand Province from March to August last year and has been back to see how things have changed in the year since, Sky1 said.

The two-part series, Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan, follows the actor as he joins up with Canterbury-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (5 Scots) to look into the coalition forces' continuing battle with Taliban fighters as well as the conditions the soldiers face.

He revisits Musa Qala for the programme, an area that was under Taliban control when he was in the country last year.

Kemp said: "I've been in Afghanistan with 5 Scots for a month and it's a very different war since I was here a year ago but the fighting with the Taliban is as intense as ever.

"The war's changed in that the Taliban are using far more IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and anti-personnel mines. You don't have to feed an anti-personnel mine; you don't have to feed an IED".

The first series, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, gained critical acclaim for its frontline position but was also criticised for not offering the opposition point of view.


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Feb 14, 2009 2:18AM EST

I watched this a few days ago and it really was amazing. To think, him, a one-time actor now puts his ass on the line to pay respects for the people that do it everyday. I mean, there's a point near the beginning that a bullet literally flies right past him.
I don't see why he was criticised for not offering an opposing point of view. If that means he should bunk with the taliban, then whoever said that is crazy, how is he supposed to do that? I'm fairly sure they have a shoot-on-sight policy. Let's be honest, he had enough to think about with being on patrol, with various IEDs and other war-time nastiness, than to say "It's not all the talibans fault".

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