Peaky Blinders will air its grand finale tonight (April 3), but show creator Steven Knight has already made his return to television – and now we have our first look at his gripping new drama series.
The BBC has unveiled the first trailer for SAS: Rogue Heroes today, with the six-part series promising to tell the epic story of the creation of the world’s largest special forces unit, the SAS, during WWII.
The trailer, which you can watch above, transports us to Cairo, Egypt in 1941, and introduces us to the “band of oddities, gentlemen and pirates” that make up the new SAS team as they cross the desert in 4×4.
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One of the team members answers the question of why he wants to fight in the war with: “I love killing fascists, sir”, before the group, which has been described as “very good at kill people”, gets to work blowing things up. and parachute from planes.
SAS: Rogue Heroes will center on the eccentric young officer David Stirling (Sex education‘s Connor Swindells), who is bored after being hospitalized due to a training accident.
The official synopsis reads: “Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, he creates a radical plan that goes against all the 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 chaos behind enemy lines.
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“More rebels than soldiers, Stirling’s team is every bit as complicated, flawed and reckless as they are surprisingly brave and heroic.”
The cast also includes game of thrones actor Alfie Allen, Skins the star Jack O’Connell, Threadit’s Dominic West, Kingsman star Sofia Boutella, Dunkirkby Tom Glynn-Carney and Course of action actor Jason Watkins.
Knight, who created and wrote the series, said: “It has been a privilege to work on a project that tells the story of a group of renegade soldiers who used wit and imagination as much as the power of fire to stop the march of fascism across North Africa during the darkest days of World War II.
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“It’s a war story like no other, told in a way that’s both factually inspired and faithful to the spirit of this legendary brigade of misfits and adventurers.”
The show is directed by The snakeis Tom Shankland.
SAS: Rogue Heroes will air later this year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Peaky Blinders Series 6 airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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