The six-part mini crime series is set amidst the chaos of American-occupied Baghdad in 2003.
Subscription video on demand (SVOD) service StarzPlay is set to stream its first Original series called Baghdad Central, exclusively on the platform from February 12, 2020.
The show follows Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) who has lost everything and is battling daily to keep himself and his sick daughter, Mrouj (July Namir), safe.
The show was announced with a screening event at Roxy Cinemas, City Walk in Dubai. The event was attended by the show’s main star cast Waleed Zuaiter along with July Namir and executive producer Kate Harwood alongside StarzPlay CEO Maaz Sheikh and Khaled Benchouche, SVP of Programming and Acquisitions.
Baghdad Central is written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Stephen Butchard, produced by Jonathan Curling and based on the novel by Elliott Colla. Fremantle is the global distributor for the series.
Commenting on the new series, Khaled Benchouche, SVP of Programming and Acquisitions at StarzPlay said: “The exclusive telecast of Baghdad Central reflects the focus of StarzPlay to bring high quality shows that are locally relevant. Appealing to all viewers, particularly in the 25 to 40-plus age-group, the intelligently scripted series shines for its Arab flavour. An authentic series that underlines StarzPlay’s focus on delivering world-class homegrown content, Baghdad Central has a place of pride in our portfolio of StarzPlay Original shows.”