BBC One today announced the commission of a major new drama series based on Ben Macintyre's best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes which tells the incredible story of how the world's most renowned and ruthless Special Forces unit, the SAS, came to exist.
The series will be adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol) and produced by Kudos (part of Endemol Shine UK) whose credits include Broadchurch (ITV), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic) and Humans (Channel 4).
Steven Knight will bring to the screen Macintyre's extraordinary book, written with unique and privileged access to the secret SAS archives, and bring to life this definitive account of SAS history. It will tell the story behind the revolutionary thinking which led to the creation of a new form of combat and warfare in the deserts of North Africa. Celebrating the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of this story, the series will delve into the psychology of the flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers and men who formed the SAS in the darkest days of World War Two.
Steven Knight, says: "This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows. We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them."