The BBC has dropped a first-look teaser trailer for SAS: Rogue Heroes, an upcoming six-part series from Peaky Blinders, See and Taboo creator Steven Knight. It’s a well-timed trailer, as Peaky Blinders has just aired its final episode in Britain.
SAS: Rogue Heroes offers up a dramatised look at the origins of the SAS, the British Army unit that was founded as a regiment during the Second World War in 1941 and would go on to become a special forces unit covering counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action and covert reconnaissance, among other areas.
The cast includes Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen, and Dominic West as real-life figures David Stirling (founder of the Special Air Service), Paddy Mayne, Jock Lewes, and Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke, respectively. Sofia Boutella is also among the leading cast, playing Eve, a combination of various real-life women.
Knight serves as executive producer and writer on the series, which is based on the book of the same name by historian and journalist Ben McIntyre. All six episodes were directed by Tom Shankland, whose credits include BBC’s 2018 Les MisÃ©rables series and episodes of Netflix shows The Punisher, House of Cards, and The Serpent.
Said Knight in a statement: “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.”
SAS: Rogue Heroes will be released later this year.