A Conversation with Brian Eastman
Q: How did you become involved in this project?
A: I was invited by Tracey Alexander to collaborate with her, in particular to add a British perspective to the story. We were both anxious to deal with terrorism from an international point of view. It's rare to find a subject of equal importance to British and American viewers, but obviously terrorism dominates the news on both sides of the Atlantic.
Q: What were the challenges in making this limited series?
A: From a story-telling point of view, we wanted to deal even handedly with the subject of terrorism. While no one can condone it, obviously some people believe it is an acceptable weapon in their struggle. We are trying to see the subject from both points of view.
From a practical point of view, the story is set all over the United States, Europe and the Middle East. It was a terrific challenge to find a way of shooting all this material in a timely and affordable way. Our schedule eventually included shooting in Canada, the UK and Morocco.
Q: What makes this story different from other projects that have been done on terrorism?
A: I think it is very rare to see a drama that looks at both sides of terrorism. As with an earlier series I made, Traffik, we want our audience to understand a little why someone might resort to terrorism, and what such activities will do to their view of the world. Similarly, with those whose job it is to tackle terrorism, we aim to show how their lives are totally changed by the work that they do.