Upon its release in 2020, ‘Baghdad Central’ hit the mark with crime thriller fans among the audiences as well as the critics. Set in 2003, during the American invasion of Iraq, the political drama follows a seasoned ex-Baathist inspector Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji as he embarks upon a mission to find his estranged daughter, Sawsan, who goes missing and is rumored to have been dealing with the occupiers, to the point of no return. Can he manage to find her before its too late?
The show was lauded for showcasing the Iraq invasion from the perspective of the affected party, instead of the Americans. Waleed Zuaiter’s effortless performance was also admired by the viewers. Now fans are waiting with bated breaths for an update on the renewal of the crime drama. Well, here are the complete details of ‘Baghdad Central’ season 2.
Baghdad Central Season 2 Release Date
‘Baghdad Central’ season 1 first premiered in the U.K. on February 9, 2020, on Channel 4. Following the U.K. release, the six hour-long episodes of the show were dropped on March 27, 2020, on Hulu, and are available for global streaming.
Now let’s talk about season 2. Although season 1 ends on a pretty conclusive note, we realize that Khafaji’s story is far from over. Fans would be happy to learn that at a BFI screening of the show, director Alice Troughton revealed her plans in extending the series beyond the first season by saying that she even has a plot ready for the second season.
However, she added that the decision of the renewal mostly depends on the viewership, which might help to indicate the audiences’ interest in watching the foreign-language drama. If and when the show gets renewed, we expect ‘Baghdad Central’ season 2 to release sometime in February 2021, on Channel 4, followed by its global release in March 2021, on Hulu.
Based on the eponymous novel by American author Elliot Colla, the show has been adapted to screen by Stephen Butcher, while Alice Troughton and Ben A. Williams serve as the directors.
Baghdad Central Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
‘Altered Carbon’ fame Waleed Zuaiter will return to headline the cast as a former Iraqi Inspector Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji. Corey Stoll might reprise his role as the ruthless captain of U.S. Army, John Parodi; while Bertie Carvel (‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’) can come back to play former Scotland Yard Supervisor, Frank Temple. Leem Lubany and July Namir (‘Homeland’) might return for another round as Muhsin Khafaji’s daughters, Sawsan al-Khafaji and Mrouj al-Khafaji, respectively.
The other returning members can include Thaer Al-Shayei as Omar, Clara Khoury as Zubeida Rashid, Charlotte Spencer as Megan Ford, Stefano Braschi as Doctor Laker, Neil Maskell as Douglas Evans, Dipo Ola as Kellerman, and Yousef ‘Joe’ Sweid as Salim al Nasir, among others.
Except for a few, almost all the members of the main cast might reprise their role in season 2. The second season might also add some new faces to the cast.
Baghdad Central Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
Throughout season 1, we see an Iraqi ex-policeman, Muhsin al-Khafaji, in pursuit of his daughter Sawsan, who has gone missing and has been living a dual life. When he discovers that she is trapped in the evil clutches of the Americans, he does everything in his power to track her down, while safeguarding his other daughter Mrouj, who is dealing with a kidney ailment and requires urgent medical assistance. To fulfill his purpose, he even collaborates with an ex-officer from the U.K., Frank Temple, and together they try to re-establish the Iraqi police force while dealing with the impact of the invasion of the U.S. in Baghdad.
The second season might put the spotlight on Muhsin al-Khafaji as he deals with the aftermath of his political tryst with the parties who are at loggerheads with his own military force. The central plot might focus upon the real-life case of the unaccounted funds of more than $4billion, that the U.S. sent over to the CPA for rebuilding Iraq post-invasion. Some new problems may arise, and the maverick cop may try to solve it with his sharp-wit, expert skills, and deadpan humor.
Baghdad Central Trailer
As we wait for an official update on ‘Baghdad Central’ season 2, check out the trailer for season 1!
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