The BEST Episodes of House of Saddam
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Network: BBC Two
The intimate world of Saddam Hussein and his closest inner circle is revealed in House Of Saddam – a gripping four-part drama for BBC Two that charts the rise and fall of one of the most significant political figures in recent history. House Of Saddam offers a fresh perspective on the dictator, his relationships and his actions behind closed doors, by retelling events from inside the very heart of the regime. Beginning in 1979 when Saddam became president of Iraq, it follows the impact of his political ambitions on his oldest advisors, closest friends, family members – and on Saddam himself. Within the walls of his opulent presidential palace respect is interwoven with fear as Saddam exerts control over his allies, his country and its people. As he continues to reign for almost 25 years in the face of mounting internal and external pressures the Iraqi President's ability to survive is revealed. Eventually, however, the House of Saddam begins to crumble – and its leader becomes increasingly isolated from both the international community, and his inner world.
#1 - Part 4
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 20, 2008
The invasion of Iraq forces Saddam to go into hiding near the town of Tikrit, while his daughters, grandchildren and wife flee the country to safety in Syria. Uday, Qusay and eldest grandson Mustapha take refuge at a relative's house in Baghdad, but disloyalty leads to their deaths, and the net begins to close in on the former president's secluded hiding place.
#2 - Part 3
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 13, 2008
The drama captures the events of May 1995, when Iraq was crippled by sanctions after refusing to comply with inspections. Feeling betrayed following the appointment of Saddam's second son Uday as the dictator's successor, Hussein Kamel gave UN and CIA officials information on the whereabouts of the country's hidden weapons. This act of disloyalty led to he and his brother being murdered by their uncle.
#3 - Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 30, 2008
Igal Naor stars in a drama charting Saddam Hussein's turbulent rule over Iraq, tracing his dictatorship from its beginnings in a political coup within his Ba'ath party in 1979 to the conflicts of later years. In the first episode, detractors of the new regime face a harsh punishment and Saddam's dominant mother dies.
#4 - Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 6, 2008
In 1988, as Baghdad celebrates victory in the war with Iran, Kuwait's upsurge in oil output challenges future Iraqi prosperity. Tension grows within Saddam Hussein's household due to the increasingly erratic behaviour of his son Uday, who beats a man to death, and a frosty relationship between the dictator and his partner Sajida, that eventually leads to him taking Samira as a second wife.