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10 November 1917

From TE Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the Third Battle of Gaza. The war in 1917 is redrawing the Middle East. Stars Indira Varma and Lee Ross. From November 2017.

From T E Lawrence and the Great Pyramid at Giza, to the Third Battle of Gaza, Tommies explores the Intelligence battle redrawing the Middle East, in this two-part adventure starring Indira Varma and Lee Ross.

Through camel chases, train derailments, riots and assassination squads, British intelligence and anti-colonial sedition go head to head in Cairo - where Mickey's about to meet some surprisingly familiar faces.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

And through it all, we'll follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers, from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army. They are the cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years.

Written by Jonathan Ruffle and Avin Shah.

Producers: David Hunter, Jonquil Panting, Jonathan Ruffle
Director: Jonquil Panting and David Hunter.

44 minutes

Last on

Sat 6 Oct 2018 21:00


Role Contributor
Mickey Bliss Lee Ross
Commentator Indira Varma
Zarbab Grewal Avin Shah
Pte Jack Bliss Antonio Aakeel
Celestine de Tullio Pippa Nixon
Capt Christi Mansoor Narinder Samra
‘Nephthys’ Sha’arawi Lara Sawalha
Habib El-Mahdy Amir El-Masry
Huda Hosseini Nathalie Armin
Agatha Grey-Egerton Nathalie Armin
Insp Ibrahim Habachi Selva Rasalingam
Ozzy Adam Fitzgerald
TE Lawrence David Reakes
Arthur Neate Rupert Holliday Evans
Corporal Gary Duncan
Producer David Hunter
Producer Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonathan Ruffle
Director Jonquil Panting
Director David Hunter
Writer Jonathan Ruffle
Writer Avin Shah


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