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Chain Of Command

Holding out for a hero 

Holding out for a hero 

Meet the men and women fighting the war against extremism

From inside the Pentagon to the front lines, this new documentary series, made in collaboration with the US military, takes us inside the battle against extremism

Chain Of Command, Tuesdays from 30 January, 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic 

The series paints an intimate portrait of the day-to-day running of the US military. Across eight episodes, National Geographic takes us across the globe, from Washington DC to Iraq, Afghanistan and the surprising ISIS recruiting ground of Trinidad and Tobago. 


Guiding us on this journey is narrator Chris Evans. No, not that Chris Evans, of radio and Top Gear fame; but the star of Captain America (and CBeebies Bedtime Stories) Chris Evans. He’s a strong advocate for servicemen and servicewomen and a spokesperson for Got Your Six – a not-for-profit organisation that works to empower veterans and their families.  


Chain Of Command will air in 172 countries and in 43 languages. Episode 1 of this groundbreaking series looks at the effort to regain control of eastern Mosul, Iraq, with episode 2 then following the fight’s shift over to the west side. The series also includes a rare conversation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, General Joseph Dunford Jr, who reveals: “People have called this a generational fight. And the reason it’s going to be a long fight is because we’re not going to get rid of extremism until the conditions that feed extremism are addressed.”

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