National Geographic UK has secured the broadcast rights to The Long Road Home, an eight episode limited military drama series that is being produced for the U.S. Nat Geo network.
The Long Road Home explores a real-life fight for survival during the Iraq War, when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known in military annals as “Black Sunday.”
The eight episode limited series is based on Martha Raddatz’s New York Times best-selling book and was adapted for television by Mikko Alanne. The cast includes Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Sisto. Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Mikko Alanne, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn serve as the executive producers. Mikael Salomon and Phil Abraham are the directors.
The Long Road Home is the latest scripted acquisition for National Geographic UK. The channel has been mirroring the output of the U.S. network and as such has aired a raft of scripted dramas, including Bill O’Reilly’s series of Killing adaptations (Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus and Killing Reagan). They are also the UK home to Ron Howard’s anthology series Genius, which is set to return for a second season in 2018.
Check out National Geographic’s trailer for The Long Road Home below: