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Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight Has Huge New Drama Out This Year

Jess Hardiman

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Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight Has Huge New Drama Out This Year

The creator of Peaky Blinders has a brand new drama out this year, ready to fill the hole left by his departing gangster epic. Watch the trailer for his new show, SAS: Rogue Heroes, here: 


Fans of Peaky Blinders will no doubt be feeling the void this week after their beloved gangster drama drew to a close last weekend, concluding its sixth and final series on a high. 

But the good news is that the show’s creator Steven Knight has another ace card up his sleeve, with mini-series SAS: Rogue Heroes set to grace our screens later this year. 

Filmed on location in the UK and Morocco, the programme details the formation of the world's greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, which was created under extraordinary circumstances during WWII. 

SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC
SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC

In a statement, writer and executive producer Knight promised viewers a war epic 'like no other'. 

He said: "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. Credit: BBC
SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC

The six-part series stars Sex Education's Connor Swindells, Jack O'Connell, Alfie Allen, Sofia Boutella, Dominic West, Jason Watkins and Tom Glynn-Carney, with a synopsis saying: "Cairo, 1941. David Stirling (Connor Swindells) - an eccentric young officer, hospitalised after a training exercise went wrong - is bored. Convinced that traditional commando units don't work, he creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all 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 mayhem behind enemy lines. 

"More rebels than soldiers, Stirling's team are every bit as complicated, flawed and reckless as they are astonishingly brave and heroic." 

SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC
SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC

Speaking to LADbible last year, Swindells also explained what we can expect from the series - and what it had been like filming in the intensity of Morocco's 50-degree heat. 

"It's a BBC series about how the SAS was formed in World War II in North Africa," he said.

"I play David Stirling, who was one of the founding members - the most well-known founding member - of the SAS. 

SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC
SAS: Rogue Heroes. Credit: BBC

"And it's a story about a sort of ragtag team of young pirates who took matters into their own hands during World War II because they felt that the powers that be weren't capable themselves. 

"So it's an amazing project. It's got fantastic cast - Alfie Allen, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Sofia Boutella - it's fantastic. 

"It was an incredible experience out in Morocco. It damn near killed me and everyone, it was 50 degrees. It was crazy, but it was an amazing experience and it looks fantastic. 

"So yes, I'm very excited for people to see that." 

SAS: Rogue Heroes will air on the BBC later this year.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, Peaky Blinders

Jess Hardiman
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