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Website now also available in German / Website jetzt auch in Deutsch

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , on 30 September, 2009 by ambarussa

“Taking the Flak” goes Germany, and so does this website.

“DAMIAN O’HARE – The Unofficial Website”
is now also available in German!

Just click the icon to get to the version in your language of choice:


Please note:

  • The most up-to-date version is always the English one
  • No German entries will be available in this blog here
  • Website and blog contain tons of spoilers for “Taking the Flak”
  • No mails in German, please

“DAMIAN O’HARE – Die inoffizielle Website”
nun auch in Deutsch!

Einfach das/den Icon mit der gewünschten Sprache wählen:



  • Die aktuellste Version ist immer die englische
  • Es gibt keine Einträge in Deutsch in diesem Blog
  • Website und Blog enthalten Spoiler für “Taking the Flak: Reporter auf Kriegsfuss”
  • Bitte keine Mails in Deutsch

Interview: Damian O’Hare in “The Irish World”

Posted in grapes of wrath, interviews, taking the flak, theatre, tv with tags , , , , , , on 23 September, 2009 by ambarussa

The Irish World talked with Damian about his work on “Taking the Flak”, filming in Tanzania, “The Grapes of Wrath” and driving trucks into the set…



If you want to read the full article, you need to get a subscription for the online edition of The Irish World. Just invest the 50p, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a full page coverage.


If you prefer to buy the print edition at your local newsagents: it’s The Irish World dated 26 September, 2009.

“Taking the Flak” on German TV!

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23 September, 2009 by ambarussa

On 1 November, German channel “ZDF_doku” will be replaced by “ZDF_neo” – an addition to the digital offer of  the ZDF (which is comparable to BBC2). The target-audience of ZDFneo are people between 25 and 49 years of age.

Good news: ZDF_neo will broadcast “Taking the Flak”!


The pilot is scheduled for Sunday, 1 November, 2009, 9.55pm (21.55h); the following episodes will be shown on Thursdays, 10.30pm. The German title of the show will beTaking the Flak – Reporter auf Kriegsfuss.”


"Alex? Rory here. About that job in Germany - are you absolutely positively sure that Dieter Bohlen is a news anchor...?"

Germany’s a big market – congratulations!

( Source )

“Taking the Flak”: coming soon to screens outside of the UK!

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , on 18 September, 2009 by ambarussa

Good news from the Official Taking the Flak Facebook: the series has been sold to Sweden and the BeNeLux countries! Let’s hope more countries will follow and increase the chances for a second series. No further details yet, but keep an eye on your TV guides.

If you have a Facebook account, why not join the group and let the people behind Taking the Flak know that you liked the show? There’s a lot to like about it, after all:

“Taking the Flak”: Tira Shubart talks about the DVD extras

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , on 5 September, 2009 by ambarussa


“(…) Our wonderful art department hired some delightful Tanzanian artists to paint portraits of our actors in various places in the city of Arusha. Margaret–played by Jo Brookes–could be seen on the back of a Dala Dala (a local bus) while David (Martin Jarvis) was painted on a wall near the market. Rory –Damian O’ Hare–was on the corner of a busy intersection, with camera at the ready. Jane–Doon’s character was above a shop on one of the busiest markets streets. (…)”


You can buy the “Taking the Flak” DVD with many prettiful extras HERE.

Have you read the “Flak” entries on the BBC’s comedy blog, by the way? If not,


  • Cameramen and War
  • Animals
  • Strictly Come Tribal Dancing
  • Red Button and Photos
  • Ruby Wax
  • The Red Button

Last but not least, here’s another DVD review; this time in French.


Here’s a (quick and probably not very accurate) translation of the summary at the end of the review for those who don’t speak French:

Therefore, Taking The Flak is not a memorable series, but it still offers something to satisfy the fans of the genre. There was a lot of potential in the beginning which remained unexploited; the show opted for a more futile and superficial approach. The result will pass the time. And that’s about it.

“(…) Taking The Flak n’est donc pas une série mémorable, mais offre tout de même de quoi satisfaire quelques adeptes du genre. Il y avait un bon potentiel au départ qui restera plutôt inexploité, le show optant pour une approche plus futile et superficielle. Résultat, ça fait passer le temps. Sans plus. (…)”

“Taking the Flak”: DVD Review

Posted in reviews, taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21 August, 2009 by ambarussa

Disclaimer: I’m not moonlighting as cheapjack movie critic here, I just really think your money will be spent on a good product. We all have bills to pay and a life to manage; £11.48 (through Amazon) is a lot of money for many of us, so I feel decent information before you buy is nothing but fair. If I thought otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend the DVD, no matter who’s on the show.


Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Martin Jarvis, Joanna Brookes, Doon Mackichan and Damian O'Hare in "Taking the Flak".

Don’t judge this DVD by its cover! If you like your DVD to come with printed information of any kind, then you’ll be disappointed. I’d at least expected a list of the episodes and their titles. All you get is a blurb which once again mentions “irritably-bowelled” Margaret, an “aspect” of the character that only turned up in the pilot, was annoying to the ninth and luckily got dropped for all future episodes. Jane is described as hard-nosed, which is rubbish and gives a wrong impression of the character. The way this DVD looks, it will be difficult for anybody to tell the difference between the real thing and a pirated copy…

But it’s the content that counts, and here, the “Taking the Flak” DVD is definitely not on the cheap side.


On two DVDs, you will find all seven episodes of the series, including the one-hour pilot. Due to the unrests that broke out in Kenya after production of the first episode, the work on the series was interrupted for many months and production was moved to Tanzania. It shows; not only does the 30 minute format suit the series better than the 60 minutes it was waltzed out to for the pilot, the first episode also suffers from some  awkward scenes and jokes which are simply not funny. The series improved from episode to episode, and those who gave it a chance after the pilot were not disappointed.

Taking the Flak: Screencaps S01E07, “Enter the Lion”

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , on 21 August, 2009 by ambarussa



Damian O'Hare as Rory Wallace and Martin Jarvis as David Bradburn in "Taking the Flak".

If you missed the grande finale of Taking the Flak, you can still catch up with the latest goings-on in Karibu here:

BBC iPlayer

Now let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a second season!


And don’t forget to let the Flak crew know you enjoyed their work:


“Taking the Flak”, S01E07 – “Enter the Lion” – DO YOU WANT MORE?

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 19 August, 2009 by ambarussa

Plot summary here:


Last episode… aw. So don’t miss it: tonight, 10pm, on BBC2!

“One Pizza Hawaii for me, a Quattro Stazione for Rory and a second season for the fans, please. No, no onions with that one.”


Damian O'Hare as Rory Wallace and Doon Mackichan as Jane Thomason in the BBC2's "Taking the Flak".

Do you want a second season? (Hint for the undecided: “Yes.”) Then please, let the people behind “Taking the Flak” know.


This leaves people without a facebook (yes, we exist) without a voice, but we’re cheering from the peanut gallery.

“Taking the Flak” was like an expensive five course meal served by the BBC on disposable plastic plates.Why the frell wasn’t there any promotion? Ads? Anything? Bueller? I can tell from the stats that people are looking for additional information. Not that I mind the extra traffic, but if somebody is looking for “doon mackichan interview taking the flak” then they should find an interview by Doon Mackichan about “Taking the Flak”! Jane is my favourite, closely followed by Joyful, Margaret and Rory. I don’t want to go all feminist on the BBC here, but hel-lo, you’d be surprised how many members of your audience appreciate smart, beautiful women on the small screen in leading roles who are not 18 years old, blonde or chasing after The Doctor.

I don’t think one can expect stellar ratings with UK-only trailers and nothing else, especially as the pilot of the series was a bit… ehr… awkward. There were some viewers who jumped ship after the first episode, and it would have been nice to see some efforts to win them back; they missed out on a fine series and could have pushed the ratings.

PS: Just in case that there should be a second season: we don’t want a new cameraman. The current one’s just fine, thank you.

“Taking the Flak” Contest: We have two Winners!

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , on 18 August, 2009 by ambarussa

The question was:

What’s the full name of the character Damian O’Hare plays in “Taking the Flak”?

Correct answer:


There were 57 valid entries (“William Wallace” didn’t qualify…), of which 22 wanted the t-shirt and 35 the DVD. And the winners are:

DVD: Ellen
T-SHIRT: Irene



The winners have been notified and will get their prizes as soon as possible.

Thanks a lot to everybody who participated in the contest, and also thanks for the many positive remarks on “Taking the Flak”. Please feel free to let the people behind “Taking the Flak” know that they did a great job (you need a facebook account to leave a comment).

“Taking the Flak”: DVD Release, Contest Deadline

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17 August, 2009 by ambarussa




For Harry Chambers (Bruce Mackinnon), the local BBC stringer in the fictional African nation of Karibu, a civil war after years of conflict could mean his big break. Unfortunately, the London newsroom parachutes in its own team under the command of the BBC’s egotistical foreign editor David Bradburn (Martin Jarvis), whose attitude would give any opera diva a run for her money. His long suffering producer Jane Thomason (Doon Mackichan) has the near impossible job of organising David, the cameramen Jack (Lloyd Owen) and Rory Wallace (Damian O’Hare), Margaret Hollis (Joanna Brookes) from the World Service, her own love-life and some friendly locals. Keeping all egos in check is not easy, and if only all would go according to plan, this might be the best story of their lives.

Harry finds it difficult to manage both his career and his relationship to sharp-tongued hotel receptionist Grace (Lydiah Gitachu). Luckily, he’s getting all possible support from local fixer Joyful Sifuri (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith), whose connections and cousins are invaluable.

Of course, there are a few minor obstacles in the way of fame and fortune: the desperately uninterested London desk producers; all-action American star reporter, Candida Colter; the BBC’s Brussels’ Correspondent who’s muscling in on their story, and the small matter of people shooting at you in a strange country! Will David’s famous BAFTA crouch save the day…?

Written and produced by experienced, award winning journalists (Tira Shubart, Jon Rolph, Paul Kerensa) and including cameo appearances from real BBC News anchors.

Starring Martin Jarvis, Doon Mackichan, Bruce Mackinnon, Joanna Brookes, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Damian O’Hare,  Lydiah Gitachu, Lucy Chalkley, Harry Lloyd and many others.

The DVD is already in stock, mine was actually dispatched by Amazon on 15 August.

Of course, there’s always the option of participating in our


and win the DVD (or a t-shirt).

Deadline is today, 17 August, 2009, 11pm GMT.

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