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Damian O’Hare Showreel

Posted in fractured, movies, potc, taking the flak, the royal, tv, website with tags , , , , , , , , , on 28 January, 2011 by ambarussa

Hamilton Hodell, Damian O’Hare’s management, have updated their website and Damian’s official page. Definitely looks much better now. They’ve also included a showreel, so you can now watch some snippets from “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, “The Royal”, “Taking the Flak”, “Casualty” plus hard-to-find “Wild West: Billy the Kid” and impossible-to-find “Fractured”:


Please also read HH’s “Fans” page!

Please note: I’m currently not at home, so I can’t update the website, only the blog here. Cheers!

Taking the Flak back on German TV

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , on 3 September, 2010 by ambarussa

Good news for those among you who can get zdfneo! Damian O’Hare is back on the small screen as snarky BBC cameraman Rory Wallace .

There are re-runs of “Taking the Flak” on Thursday nights, starting – ehr, yesterday. No problem, the first episode wasn’t that great, anyway, and you can still catch up next week.


Relevant pages on the website:

Taking the FlakReporter auf Kriegsfuss

“Taking the Flak” took off in The Netherlands

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , on 2 March, 2010 by ambarussa

The first episode of “Taking the Flak” – the pilot “Bigfooting” – was on “Acht TV” yesterday. I only found the news in my mailbox today, but there’s still time for Dutch fans to catch up with the show. “Bigfooting” will be repeated next Saturday in the afternoon, and new episodes will be aired on Sundays, 10.30pm. I’ve included the dates in the calendar, but you can always check out


for more information plus summaries in Dutch.

“Taking the Flak” goes Down Under: Damian O’Hare on Australian TV

Posted in taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 7 January, 2010 by ambarussa

I’m interrupting my daily scheduled snow-shoveling to remind you that “Taking the Flak”, the BBC’s dramedy will start its run on Australian telly today. The show will be aired on Thursdays, 10pm, on ABC2.

Taking the Flak on ABC

Damian won’t show up before episode three, but that’s no reason for missing the start of the series; it’s really good.

“(…) Sharp, witty, political and relatively fresh, so of course it’s on at matchsticks-holding-eyelids-open time. Programming genius. (…)”

“(…) It’s 100-mile-a-minute comedy with a witty script and fantastically funny British and Kenyan actors. (…)”

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

You can find the schedule for “Taking the Flak” and other TV series / movies Damian’s been in in the


section of this blog. The listings are not complete (solely based on google alert), though.

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".

Ambarussa’s Big Yuletide Contest!

Posted in taking the flak, tv, Uncategorized, website with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 7 December, 2009 by ambarussa

Not too keen on 600+ hours of repeats?

Then you should enter our


Your friendly neighbourhood Webgnome’s favourites are all you’ll need for a canny night in:

1 x DVD “Taking the Flak”
Martin Jarvis, Doon Mackichan, Bruce Mackinnon, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Joanna Brookes, Lydiah Gitachu and of course Damian O’Hare in the excellent dramedy about a BBC news team reporting from a civil war in a fictional African country.

1 x DVD “A Christmas Story”
Peace, harmony, comfort and joy? Maybe next year. Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but his mother refuses, fearing he’ll shoot his eye out. But neither his mother, Santa Claus nor the neighbourhood bullies can destroy Ralphie’s dream… hilarious Christmas comedy, set in the 1950s and one of my favourites.

1 x L’Occitane en Provence: Bougie parfumée “Cannelle Epices”
Spicy cinnamon scented candle from L’Occitane – this will turn your home into winter wonderland. L’Occitane is a French company, known for cosmetics of best quality. They support local production and don’t test their products on animals. C’est le pied!

And because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without sweets, you’ll also get some chocolate!

And what do you have to do to win this smashing Yuletide package?

Just send an email to

webgnome at ambarussa. net

and answer the following question:

“What is Rory Wallace’s (Damian O’Hare) job in ‘Taking the Flak'”?

That’s all. Even I could answer that!

Deadline: 15 December, 2009, midnight GMT.

Please read the following rules before you send off your mail.


1. By participating in this contest, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the rules.

2. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.

3. Please be fair: only send in one mail per person.

4. No cash pay-out of your prize.

5. No correspondence will be held over the outcome of the contest.

6. If you are the winner, you’ll have to provide us with your name and address.

7. We’ll send your prize out asap, but have no influence on postal services. We hope the DVDs will be with you before Christmas, though.

8. Should, for any reason beyond our control, one of the prizes not be available, we’ll replace it with a different prize of the same value.

“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"

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