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Last Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Saddam drama series for BBC Two
Saddam Hussein
The drama will feature Saddam's family
The reign of defeated Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, is the subject of a new drama series in development for BBC Two, called House of Saddam.

The fact-based drama will give an intimate portrait of the former dictator's inner circle, the BBC said.

It is being made with the Discovery Channel and is still in development, so does not have a transmission date.

BBC Two controller Roly Keating said Saddam's story was a "key epic drama".

The series will focus on the lives of Saddam's closest family and an elite few and charts the "rise and fall of one of the world's most terrifying regimes".

The series is written and directed by Alex Holmes, whose credits include Dunkirk, Coup and Every Time You Look At Me.

The BBC said the series will be set against the backdrop of the larger tragedy of the Iraqi people, drawing out the story of the Middle East's relationship with the West.

Saddam Hussein is currently facing trial in Iraq, charged with ordering the massacre of 143 men in the town of Dujail in 1982.




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