Kudos and Endemol Shine have produced an expansive new drama for the BBC in the UK and Epix in the US – SAS Rogue Heroes (simply Rogue Heroes overseas).
The six-part series is based on Ben Macintyre’s novel of the same name. Macintyre is a British author, historian, reviewer and columnist for The Times newspaper who writes novels based on historical events. His novel The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, telling the story of KGB double agent Oleg Gordievsky, is hands down one of the best espionage stories I have ever read.
The new show is from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and tells of the creation of the British special forces unit, the Special Air Service (SAS).
With the fighting in North Africa underway in World War 2, an unconventional officer pulled together a group of men who thought and acted differently and set them to work. They formed a special raiding unit that would go on to become the first special forces unit and cause havoc behind Nazi lines. They would be the blueprint on which all other special forces units worldwide would be based upon.
The unit would evolve to specialise in a number of roles including counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action and covert reconnaissance. and is widely regarded as the best unit of its kind around today, although the SBS, their naval equivalent, would have something to say about that.
Much of the information about the SAS is highly classified, and the unit is not commented on by either the British government or the Ministry of Defence due to the secrecy and sensitivity of its operations. So it was a big deal when Macintyre was given privileged access to the SAS’s archives to write his account of its history.
Connor Swindells, Sofia Boutella, Alfie Allen, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West and Tom Glynn-Carney co-star. Karen Wilson, Tommy Bulfin, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd executive produce.
SAS Rogue Heroes premieres this Fall on Epix and BBC One.