SAS Rogue Heroes taken to limits of endurance as season 2 confirmed12/04/2022
Your first look at SAS Rogue Heroes – BBC Trailer
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It was announced after the finale of season one that Steven Knight’s critically-acclaimed BBC drama SAS Rogue Heroes will come back to screens. The series, from Peaky Blinders Boss Knight, tells the inspirational story of the real fighters who formed the secret regiment. Fans will be delighted to know more instalments will follow.
Most of the events portrayed in the series are a representation of what really happened in the 1940s.
Based on the book of the same name by Ben Macintyre, it tells of the creation of the Special Air Service during the Second World War and is set in Cairo in 1941.
As series one came to a close, its recommission was announced via a specially inserted “to be continued” end caption, as the screen froze on Paddy Mayne (played by Jack O’Connell).
Filming for series two of SAS Rogue Heroes will take place in 2023.
Based on Macintyre’s best-selling book of the same name, SAS Rogue Heroes was a huge hit with audiences and critics alike, with episode one attracting 9.4 million viewers (28-day all screens figure).
The series has been available in full as a box set on BBC iPlayer since its launch.
Series one followed David Stirling (Connor Swindells), Jock Lewes (Alfie Allen) and Paddy Mayne in a dramatised account of how the SAS was formed in the darkest days of the Second World War. Fellow cast members include Dominic West, Sofia Boutella, Tom Glynn-Carney and Theo Barklem-Biggs.
The second series will show viewers what comes next for the SAS, following the dramatic turn of events in series one’s final episode.
Steven stated: “After the roaring success of Rogue Heroes I’m delighted to be embarking on the next chapter of the story.
“Series two will take the SAS into mainland Europe and will take our heroes to the limits of their endurance.”
Karen Wilson, executive producer and joint managing director of Kudos, added: “We’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first series and are so pleased to be bringing our SAS Rogue Heroes back for more.
“Steven’s incredible storytelling has captivated audiences and there is so much more story to tell – I can’t wait for audiences to see what’s in store.”
Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, commented: “The fantastic response and huge iPlayer figures for SAS Rogue Heroes is a testament to Steven Knight’s incredible skill for turning our history into modern, must-see TV.
“BBC viewers have really taken this series to their hearts, and we’re delighted to be working with Steven and Kudos to bring the Rogue Heroes’ exciting next chapter to life.”
The next book the drama could be based on tells the story of a group of British officers held captive in a Nazi German gothic castle as they plan their escape.
The story sees Julius Green, a Scottish prisoner of war who worked as a spy for MI9, meet David Stirling.
Steven believes the series has the same potential as Peaky Blinders when it comes to its longevity.
He said: “It’s a really interesting character-driven true story, where the truest bits are the weirdest bits.
“And it was just irresistible.” He went on to praise the cast for bringing the inspirational story to life.
SAS Rogue Heroes will return to BBC One soon, season 1 is available to watch on iPlayer.
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