A gallery of first-look images has been released by the BBC for SAS: Rogue Heroes, the major new drama series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight...
Filmed on location in the UK and Morocco, SAS: Rogue Heroes is the dramatised account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two.
Cairo, 1941. David Stirling (Connor Swindells) - an eccentric young officer, hospitalised after a training exercise went wrong - is bored. Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, he creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create mayhem behind enemy lines. More rebels than soldiers, Stirling’s team are every bit as complicated, flawed and reckless as they are astonishingly brave and heroic.
As well as Connor Swindells as David Stirling, Jack O’Connell is Paddy Mayne, Alfie Allen plays Jock Lewes, and Sofia Boutella is as Eve. Dominic West will play Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke and Tom Glynn-Carney is SAS founding member Mike Sadler.
The series will also star Amir El Masry, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Corin Silva, Jacob Ifan, Dónal Finn, Jacob McCarthy, César Domboy, Michael Schaeffer and Miles Jupp. Jason Watkins, Stuart Campbell, Ralph Davis, Bobby Schofield, Virgile Bramly, Tom Hygreck, Paul Boche, David Alcock, Moritz Jahn, Arthur Orcier, Jordy Lagbre, Adrian Lukis, Anthony Calf, Isobel Laidler and Ian Davies, who all play key roles across the series.
Steven Knight, SAS: Rogue Heroes writer and executive producer, said "It has been a privilege to work on a project which tells the story of a renegade band of soldiers who used wit and imagination as much as firepower to halt the march of Fascism across North Africa during the darkest days of World War Two. This is a war story like no other, told in a way that is at once inspired by the facts and true to the spirit of this legendary brigade of misfits and adventurers."
Filming has wrapped on the six hour-long episode series, created and written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol) and directed by Tom Shankland (The Serpent, The Missing), with Stephen Smallwood (The Serpent, Patrick Melrose) as producer. It will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022.
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