Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight will write a new BBC One series based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling novel SAS: Rogue Heroes.
The six-part series of the same name will delve into the origins of the world’s most esteemed Special Forces unit, the Special Air Services.
Set during the darkest days of the Second World War, a maverick military group revolutionise a new form of warfare in the deserts of North Africa.
Operating as small squads of parachute trained soldiers, the troops deploy behind enemy lines for reconnaissance missions, to raid supply lines, attack reinforcement routes and sabotage enemy aircraft weaponry to help the war effort.
SAS: Rogue Heroes will delve into the mindset of a reckless yet brave group of soldiers who displayed tremendous courage on the battlefield and formed the foundations of the SAS.
Written with privileged access to the SAS archives, screenwriter Steven Knight will bring this history to the screen.
“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,” said Knight.
“We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them.”
“It is an honour to be working once again with the great Steve Knight,” added Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.
“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.”
The series will be distributed globally by Endemol Shine International with casting to be announced at a later date.