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Steven Knight to adapt SAS: Rogue Heroes for BBC1

SAS Rogue Heroes

Story by Jack Foley

BBC One has announced the commission of a major new drama series based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes.

The narrative tells the incredible story of how the world’s most renowned and ruthless Special Forces unit, the SAS, came to exist.

The series will be adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo, A Christmas Carol) and produced by Kudos (part of Endemol Shine UK) whose credits include Broadchurch (ITV), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic) and Humans (Channel 4).

Macintyre’s book was written with unique and privileged access to the secret SAS archives.

Knight’s adaptation will 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.

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 Two.

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

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “It is an honour to be working once again with the great Steve Knight. SAS: Rogue Heroes will lift the lid on the origins of one of Britain’s most iconic institutions and explore the characters, courage and flaws of the men involved with all of the honesty and swagger we have come to expect from Steve.”

Casting details for SAS: Rogue Heroes will be announced in due course.