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10 Days to War

All Episodes 2008

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  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 2008-03-09T21:00:00-03:00
  • 10 mins
  • 1 hour, 20 mins (8 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • War, Drama
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Kenneth Branagh, Toby Jones, Juliet Stevenson, Art Malik and Stephen Rea head an all-star cast in a series of gripping short dramas about the countdown to war in Iraq. Part thriller, part political drama, each film will take the viewer to worlds the news cameras couldn't reach - the UN, the Military, the Foreign Office and, of course, Iraq on the eve of war.
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9 episodes

Special 1 Making 10 Days to War

  • 2008-03-12T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

Makers of 10 Days to War explain the Iraq drama series' aims and the challenges of its production.

1x01 A Simple Private Matter

  • Series Premiere

    2008-03-09T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

A Simple Private Matter stars Juliet Stevenson and Kate Ashfield in a behind the scenes drama set in the Foreign Office. While Tony Blair faces a TV grilling by a group of anti-war women, one of the government's senior lawyers faces a personal crisis and plans her resignation.

1x02 $100 Coffee

  • 2008-03-10T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

There are just 9 days left until the invasion begins and in the hills of Northern Iraq a coalition of religious and political leaders meet to discuss how they will run the country in the aftermath of war. A story of political machinations and personal risk. $100 Coffee stars Toby Jones, Art Malik and Igal Naor.

1x03 These Things are Always Chaos

  • 2008-03-11T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

Stephen Rea plays General Tim Cross, a man with a mission. For weeks he has been the British deputy at the US led Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Aid (ORHA) in Washington. Today he's flown back to London with some very bad news. But will anyone listen?

1x04 Why This Rush?

  • 2008-03-12T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

A diplomatic battle raging at the UN where the British and Americans are intensely lobbying for a second resolution that will authorise war. They are met by fierce hostility and resistance by countries who want to give the weapons inspectors more time in Iraq. Patrick Malahide and Tom Conti feature in this story of a diplomatic poker game where the fate of the UN itself is at stake.

1x05 Blowback

  • 2008-03-13T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

War is less than a week away but a battle is being fought for the streets. Blowback tells the gripping and revealing story of a how a community fights back against radical Islamists recruiting young men for jihad.

1x06 You Are Welcome Here

  • 2008-03-16T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

It's the final countdown - 3 days to war. UN diplomacy has died, but on the ground in Iraq the weapons inspectors continue their fruitless search. A day of chaos and fear ends with a shocking bit of news which brings home the reality of war for everyone. You Are Welcome Here stars Kerry Shale, Stephane Cornicard.

1x07 Failure is not an Option

  • 2008-03-17T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

It's the day of the Commons vote on war. Harriet Walter and Adrian Rawlins play MPs facing mutual crises of conscience in the face of intense lobbying and pressure from a Whip in the shape of Alex Jennings. A day of extreme emotions culminates in a vote that will not only decide whether we go to war, it will also seal the fate of the Prime Minister.

1x08 Our Business is North

  • 2008-03-18T21:00:00-03:00 — 10 mins

It's 24 hours until war begins. Kenneth Branagh is Colonel Tim Collins, the charismatic commander of the Royal Irish Regiment stationed on the Kuwait/Iraq border. The politicians and diplomats have failed, now it's down to the soldiers. Collins rallies his troops with a speech that comes to be celebrated round the world for its ferocity and humanity. But how will it affect his soldiers? And how will Collins deal with the unrest and fear within his own regiment?

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