Baghdad Central Adapted By Stephen Butchard For C4

Channel 4 has announced Baghdad Central, a new six-part crime thriller by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) based on the novel by Elliott Colla.

Baghdad Central is set in 2003. Saddam has fallen and Baghdad lies at the centre of the coalition’s efforts to secure the region. Political insurgents battle, while the occupying forces seek to make the impossible possible – with no plan of how to achieve it.

In the midst of the chaos, crime and paranoia, Muhsin al-Khafaji is an Iraqi ex-policeman who has lost his home, his wife and his career and is battling to keep himself and his ailing daughter safe.

When his desperate brother in-law asks him to help find his missing niece, Khafaji’s sense of love and duty force him to accept the task. But it quickly becomes clear that his enquiries are not welcome at the university where she studied, or in the occupying force’s Green Zone where she claimed to work as a translator.

When Khafaji is arrested and tortured by US forces in a case of mistaken identity, he meets British ex-police officer Frank Citrone who makes an offer he can’t refuse – medical supplies and safety for his daughter – in return for his skills as a police officer in the Green Zone.

Stephen Butchard says: “For me, this is a story of the strength of ordinary men and women who, in the face of incredible trauma and hardship, keep taking on life one step at a time.

“Fuelled by love for friends and family the unbearable is not only made bearable, but conquered. It is a story of survival and the quest for hope… told through the universal prism of a fathers’ love for his daughter.”

Baghdad Central begins filming in 2018, and is slated to air on Channel 4 later that year.