He has infiltrated some of the world's most vicious gangs. Now Ross Kemp is taking on perhaps an ever harder assignment – the Taliban.
In order to prepare for this life-threatening ordeal, Ross Kemp trains with the First Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in England's subzero temperatures, practising firing SA80 rifles and .50 calibre machine guns, getting to know the soldiers and discovering the tactics they use to stay alive.
Sent with them to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, he endures the stifling heat, the constant threat of snipers, RPG attacks, suicide bombers and landmines. In short, he discovers first hand what it's like to fight on the front line. It's the closest he's ever come to dying – bullets fizzing inches from his head as they hit the ground on either side of him.
When he returns in 2008 with the Fifth Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, he discovers an enemy that is even more determined, better equipped and far better trained; and he finds himself in the middle of some of the most dramatic contacts the British Army has yet seen.
Ross Kemp on Afghanistan is a fascinating, horrifying and often moving insight into the brutal reality ordinary soldiers have to face in one of the world's most dangerous and volatile regions.