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Friday, 29 October 2021

First-look and further casting revealed for SAS: Rogue Heroes - the major new series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight

A gallery of first-look images has been released for SAS: Rogue Heroes, the major new drama series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Made by Kudos (a Banijay UK company) for the BBC, the six-part series will air next year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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.

Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk, The King) joins the previously announced cast, as SAS founding member Mike Sadler. Also announced today are BAFTA-winner Jason Watkins (Line of Duty, The Crown) alongside Stuart Campbell (Baptiste), Ralph Davis (Small Axe), Bobby Schofield (Time), Virgile Bramly (Grand Hotel), Tom Hygreck (La Garçonne), Paul Boche (SOKO Potsdam), David Alcock, Moritz Jahn (Dark), Arthur Orcier (J'irai où tu iras), Jordy Lagbre, Adrian Lukis (Feel Good), Anthony Calf (Poldark), Isobel Laidler (The Witcher), and Ian Davies (Game of Thrones), who all play key roles across the series.

Steven Knight, SAS: Rogue Heroes writer and executive producer, says: "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."

Karen Wilson, executive producer and Joint Managing Director of Kudos says: "With filming now complete, we're incredibly excited to give the world a first look at our Rogue Heroes. A huge thank you to the series' peerless cast and crew for bringing Steven Knight's ambitious, extraordinary scripts to life with such skill and style."

Rich with action and set-pieces, SAS: Rogue Heroes is the exhilarating story of renegade men taking monumental risks in extraordinary circumstances.

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.

SAS: Rogue Heroes (6x60') is 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. The series is executive produced by Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd for Kudos, and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. It was commissioned for the BBC by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer.

Filming has wrapped on the series, which will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022. SAS: Rogue Heroes will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.

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