Bravo Two Zero

Last Update: 22 December 1998
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This is the true story of the most highly decorated British patrol since the Boer war: an eight man SAS team inserted behind Iraqi lines during the Gulf War in January 1991. Their mission was to take out the scud missiles which Saddam Hussein was using to terrorize his enemies, as well as to sever strategic communication lines between Baghdad and North West Iraq. This top secret mission was called "Bravo Two Zero" and it was commanded by Sergeant Andy McNab.

Of the eight who went out, only five returned. Dropped into "scud alley" carrying 210-pound packs, McNab and his men soon found themselves surrounded by Saddam's army. Their radios didn't work; the weather was brutally cold. And they had been spotted.

For the SAS, the Bravo Two Zero patrol has always been seen with mixed feelings. On one hand, its most famous ever action is a tale of remarkable endurance and heroism; on the other hand, only one of the eight-man patrol managed to escape death or capture (as told in The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan.)

The story of Bravo Two Zero includes the no-holds-barred detail of McNab's capture by the Iraqis, and the harrowing torture they inflicted on him.

Principal photography on the $6.5 million project began August 12, 1997 in South Africa's Northern Cape province. Filming continued on location for four weeks in and around the desert near the small town of Uppington, for three weeks in the country's commercial capital of Johannesburg; and for a week in London's Twickenham Studios in early October.

Apart from the main SAS roles and some parts played by real Iraqi soldiers, all other characters were played by South Africans.

Click here to read Sean's thoughts on playing Andy McNab.
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At a Bravo Two Zero press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Left to right: Producer Anant Singh, actors Steven Nicolson and Jamie Bartlett, director Tom Clegg, and actor Sean Bean.

(From Screen Africa News, October 1997)


Sean Bean
Steve Nicolson
Rick Warden
Richard Graham
Kevin Collins
Ian Curtis
Jamie Bartlett
Robert Hobbs
Ron Senior Jr
Robert Whitehead


Sgt. Andy McNab
Iraqi Colonel


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Based on the book Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab, M.M., D.C.M.


BBC/Videovision Entertainment/Distant Horizon

David M. Thompson
Ruth Caleb (BBC)

Anant Singh
Helena Spring
Sanjeev Singh & Sudhir Pragjee
Andy McNab & Troy Kennedy Martin
Tom Clegg
Dave Barkham
Andy McNab, M.M., D.C.M.
David Ferguson
Irena Brignull
John Hubbard & Lisa Anne Porter
Christa Schamberger
Rod Stewart
Ettie M. Feldman
Dave Beavis
Daniel Carvalho
Dave Barkham
Darion Hing
28 December 1998 (UK)
03/04 January 1999 (BBC One - UK)

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