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And the winner is…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 16 December, 2009 by ambarussa

“What is Rory Wallace’s (Damian O’Hare) job?”

That was the question, and everybody who participated in the


knew the answer: Rory is a cameraman.

Now the lucky winner has been drawn, and it’s…


Chris Fitzroy!

Congratulations! The DVDs of “Taking the Flak” and “A Christmas Story”, along with a marvellous scented candle from L’Occitane and delicious choccies are on their way to Surrey.

Thanks to everybody who participated!

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

“Taking the Flak”/Charity: DVD signed by Tira Shubart up on ebay

Posted in taking the flak, tv, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 November, 2009 by ambarussa

Desperate finding the perfect Christmas present?

Look no further and bid on a “Taking the Flak” DVD which has been signed by Tira Shubart, co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of the show. Not only will you get a great DVD, you’ll also support a good cause:

This lot is being sold as part of Save the Rhino’s 15th Birthday online auction; Hornucopia.  SAVE THE RHINO fundraises for the conservation of endangered species of rhinoceros by supporting community and education programmes in key wildlife habitats in Africa and Asia.


“Taking the Flak” in German

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 27 November, 2009 by ambarussa

Something positive following the downer that was the BBC’s axing of Taking the Flak.

I managed to find ZDF_neo, the German TV station which is showing “Taking the Flak” (“Reporter auf Kriegsfuss”), and from what I can tell, the dubbed version is really good, the voices match the characters, especially the ones of Joyful and Margareth. Nothing travels as badly as humour, but the jokes have been adapted in a way that actually works for a German-speaking audience. Some of the changes are strange, though. (Or very clever; depends on your point of view.)

Remember that one scene in “The Past is a Different Colony” with the beading soldiers? There’s a lady who whacks one soldier on the head when he points his gun at the BBC crew and confiscates the weapon. I can’t remember all of the dialogue, but if I remember correctly, Rory makes a comment that they could use someone like her in Ballymena (?). In German, it was “could use someone like her when we play poker in Belfast”…

The official German website calls Rory an “… alpha male who manages to talking his way out of even the most difficult situations”. Don’t tell David, he’d be shattered.

Damian O'Hare as Rory Wallace in "Taking the Flak" - Reporter auf Kriegsfuss

“Taking the Flak”: Bad News >:-(

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

The BBC has decided not to produce a second series of “Taking the Flak”.

This just in from the Official Taking the Flak Facebook:

“(…) Hello Flak fans…sad news I’m afraid…the BBC has decided that there will not be a Series Two of Flak. Too bad as we loved making Flak and had exciting plans for the next set of adventures for our intrepid team. (…)”

Major disappointment and grumpiness here and elsewhere!

Thanks a lot to everybody who worked so hard to give us “Taking the Flak”; it was a neat series with unusual, lovable characters and great potential.

If you’d like to leave a “thank you” note to those involved with the production, you can do so on their Facebook.

"I think they are fans - they have torches and pitchforks and sixpacks of cider."

“Taking the Flak” (“Reporter auf Kriegsfuss”) to premier this Sunday on German TV

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

If you can receive German TV channels, there’s something to look forward to:

On Sunday, 1 November, “Taking the Flak” will premier on “ZDF_neo”, Germany.


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.”

There seems to be quite some interest in the series, if the hit numbers for the German version of the website are anything to go by.


Doon Mackichan and Damian O'Hare in "Taking the Flak"

“Taking the Flak”: DVD Extras – gallery online

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

A gallery with screencaps of the extras on the “Taking the Flak” DVD is now available on the website.



“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.

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