Taking the Flak - Netflix

An acerbic, authentic and caustic comedy drama that covers the entire progress of a small African war, as seen through the eyes of a team of journalists sending back the nightly reports for the BBC News at Ten.

Taking the Flak is a comedy drama about how journalists in war zones live in a state of perpetual danger not just from bombs but from disease, dysentery, bedbugs, bugged beds, their colleagues, their competitors and their loved ones, who are out of sight and out of mind. If they can't get themselves embedded with the army, they'll get embedded with each other.

The team includes the smooth, veteran correspondent; the harassed, but infinitely resourceful, producer; and the green and gauche rookie stringer, dropped into a hotel and forced to choose between a room on 'the shooting side' and 'the mortar side'.

Football-mad boy soldiers, corrupt car dealers, intestinal discomfort, unexploded landmines, old flames, impromptu hostage situations, YouTube viral videos and colossal egos all combust under the African sun. There is a story to be told in Karibu - but who will get to tell it?

Taking the Flak - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2009-07-08

Taking the Flak - Doon Mackichan - Netflix

Sarah-Doon Mackichan (born 7 August 1962) is a British comedian and actress.

Taking the Flak - Personal life - Netflix

Mackichan was born in Westminster, London, and brought up in Wentworth, Surrey, until age twelve, when she and her family moved to Upper Largo, Fife. She studied Drama at Manchester University. Mackichan lived in Clapham, south London, with her three children from a marriage to actor Anthony Barclay, from whom she was divorced in 2005. She now lives in Hastings, East Sussex. Mackichan swam the English Channel in 1998, as part of a six-person relay team. In March 2016, Mackichan was part of a team of celebrities who attempted to sail around a section of the UK in just five days as part of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas.

Taking the Flak - References - Netflix