‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Already Has A Brand New Series About The SAS

As BBC’s Peaky Blinders concludes its epic six-season run this week, both the national broadcaster and series creator Steven Knight have wasted no time unveiling their next collaborative effort – SAS: Rogue Heroes starring Connor Swindells (Sex Education).

Based on the best-selling book of the same name written by Ben Macintyre – the very same Ben Mcintyre who penned A Spy Among Friends, which is also in the process of being adapted for the small screen with Damien Lewis and Guy Pearce attached – the upcoming six-part affair will depict the formation of the Special Air Service during World War II.

In the summer of 1941, during the height of the conflict, a bored and eccentric officer named David Stirling (portrayed by Connor Swindells) comes up with a plan while hospitalised in Cairo, Egypt. One that was “imaginative, radical, entirely against the rules” – and involved establishing a small, undercover unit that could wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

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Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gives young Stirling the green light to recruit the “toughest, brightest, and most ruthless soldiers” he could find. And thus the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world was born.

“This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows,” reveals Steven Knight.

“We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them.”

“It’ll tell the story behind the revolutionary thinking which led to the creation of a new form of combat and warfare in the deserts of North Africa,” adds BBC One.

“Celebrating the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of this story, the series will delve into the psychology of the flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers and men who formed the SAS in the darkest days of World War II.”

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Connor Swindells is joined by Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) as Paddy Mayne, Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) as Jock Lewes, Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) as Eve, and Dominic West (The Wire) as Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke. Additional cast members include Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) as SAS founding member Mike Sadler and Jason Watkins (The Crown) in an undisclosed central role.

“I’m really excited to be gathering together the very best of a new generation of British and international talent to tell this remarkable story,” adds Steven Knight. 

“The people who are depicted and who did such extraordinary things were young, in their 20s, and we have made a conscious decision to cast people of the same age.”

While principal photography wrapped up in Morocco and the UK all the way back in November 2021, at this stage, SAS: Rogue Heroes still doesn’t have a confirmed release date beyond “sometime later in 2022” – keep an eye out for any updates here and check out the first teaser trailer above.