Ross Kemp, who of course shot to fame as hard man villain Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, has said that he hopes his new Sky1 series, The Invisible Wounded, will help educate viewers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition which often affects soldiers.
Ross, who has of course traveled the globe while making hard-hitting documentaries for Sky – and has embedded himself with forces on the front lines of war torn regions – said of the new show, “For over a decade, the nation has witnessed the very visible scars and damage war has had on troops and support workers…
“But this is not the case of hidden effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and associated conditions.
“The haunting trauma of war can be carried with these people for many years.
“I hope this documentary made for Sky 1 will go some way to address the issues, stigmas and ways in which we can help those suffering, safeguarding them for the future.”
Ross has also made a new series of ‘Extreme World’ which sees him investigating witchcraft in Africa and crime and corruption in Pakistan.
Of the series, he said, “We’re very happy that we got recommissioned. We felt the first series was pretty groundbreaking.
“I think there’s a lot of dumbing down in terms of what current affairs are about.
“I know I’m in an odd situation because I came from an acting background but I love doing what I do presently.”
And of filming in what’s described as “a lawless Venezuelan prison” for Extreme World, Ross said, “We know that access is something we specialise in and I think we’ve got better access for this series than we did in the last series and that was pretty good.”
Ross Kemp: Invisible Wounded will air on Sky 1 this Autumn.