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The best television to watch in May 2020–Once Upon a Time in Iraq to Ricky Gervais’s Afterlife

Plus the BBC adapts Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

By Chris Harvey   May 2020

Once Upon a Time in Iraq, BBC Two, May 

The west’s defining foreign policy intervention of the 21st century—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—has been examined before, but this five-part series, made by award-winning director James Bluemel, promises a different perspective. Bluemel directed the BBC Two series Exodus: Our Journey, which put cameraphones in the hands of refugees fleeing to Europe. Once Upon a Time in Iraq is constructed from the voices of those who were there—on both sides of…

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