Road Warriors Review: Road To Helmand
ROAD WARRIORS: Thursday 4th February, ITV1, 10.35pm ALERT ME
Gordon Brown and David Cameron have a lot in common.
Neither can answer a direct question, both like pandering to the middle ground and although they both remain staunchly for the war in Afghanistan, neither has conveyed to the public what is going on over there quite as well as Ross Kemp.
He didn’t hide behind political newspeak to explain the situation, instead he simply followed front line soldiers through their daily battles with the enemy. No explanation was necessary, for the first time we could see the dangers of the war we were in.
It is precisely this formula that ITV’s new series Road Warriors uses to highlight the conflict in 2010. The show follows a specialist platoon of British soldiers who, using a wide array of army vehicles, are charged with the task of delivering vital supplies to outposts of resistance in Taliban strongholds.
The first episode follows a convoy into Nadi-Ali, a place notorious for IEDs and road-side bombs. The mission takes a staggering 48 straight hours of movement, but despite gruelling terrain and the enemy’s best attempts, the group achieves their goal.
Whatever ones opinion of the war in Afghanistan, Britain always maintains a universal support for it’s soldiers, whatever they have to do. Road Warriors has to be commended as a programme that highlights exactly what this is. We see brave men and women as young as eighteen fighting, we see a team mentality that some of our footballers should take note of, and ultimately we see our boys returning safe from a successful mission.
Despite our politicians best blunders Road Warriors shows the British army can win the war.