"SAS Rogue Heroes" new drama on the BBC

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  1. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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  2. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    It looks like they're actually setting it in the early desert days? That's INTERESTING. I'd really like to see that happen although it sounds expensive to make.
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  3. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    I do hope that they give a mention to the man that the LRDG and SAS owe so much to - Ralph Bagnold.

    If it were not for him and his extensive research and interest in deserts, their early activities would simply not have been possible.

    His book ‘Libyan Sands’ is absolutely fascinating.


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  4. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Adam flagged the proposal up previously (a couple of years back) in the "SAS Originals" thread here;

    SAS originals

    I replied (then) in a somewhat disparaging way regarding the proposed casting of Tom Hardy as Paddy Mayne.

    Also, there's a couple of threads (that I've failed to remember/find yet) where a production company staffer posed questions about GHQ Cairo and North African military prisons. I don't doubt they were connected with this proposed series.

    Lets hope they do all concerned justice.

    Kind regards, always,

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  5. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Its one of those things that gives you mixed feelings, something WW2 gets your hopes up but you also have fears of how much they could mess it up - still just got to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed
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  7. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Is this the one being filmed in Morocco?
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  8. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Apparently, though heaven only knows how much things were delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The story in the link below is over a year old.

    BBC One SAS drama films in UK and Morocco

    Kind regards, always,

  9. 14/264

    14/264 Active Member

    I hope they make a better job of it than the series World On Fire from a couple of years ago, that was appallingly bad.
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  11. 14/264

    14/264 Active Member

    I wonder how they are going to tackle the diversity the BBC seems to require these days?
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  12. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    Evidently the BBC released a trailer yesterday. It seems that following criticism of historical inaccuracies in other recent offerings, such fabrications are being eschewed, although one of the characters (Eve) is reported “as a combination of real life women who played pivotal roles in the espionage and security services in North Africa.” Perhaps Eve is a nod towards Yvette - BACKSTORY: A female spy helped change the course of WWII - we’ll have to see; ditto identifying the others.
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I guess this is the trailer:

  14. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Wot no Bombay?

    I want my money back.

    All the best

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  15. idler

    idler GeneralList

    You mean a Bristol Mumbai?

    Not that Bristols are particularly politically correct these days
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  16. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    I wonder if they feature a Bristol Blindheim.

    All the best

  17. Tony56

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  18. hutt

    hutt Member

    There is an article about the program in yesterdays Times and it prompted some very moving responses in the comments.
  19. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    On BBC4 tonight from 10 pm the three episodes of "Rogue Warriors" are scheduled to be shown, finishing at 1 am, or 2 am in body clock time. As I recall this series had some "re-enactments".

    "This programme will be available shortly after broadcast

    Episode 1
    SAS: Rogue WarriorsSeries 1 Episode 1 of 3

    The Special Air Service is the world's most famous combat unit, with the motto Who Dares Wins, but the story of how it came into existence has been, until now, a closely guarded secret.

    For the first time, the SAS has agreed to open up its archive and allow Ben Macintyre to reveal the true story of their formation during the darkest days of World War Two.

    With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, this series tells the remarkable story behind an extraordinary fighting force.

    Episode one tells the story of the founding of the SAS in the heat of the north African desert in 1941. David Archibald Stirling is an aristocratic dreamer who had once held ambitions to be an artist or perhaps a famous mountaineer but now, with the war in the desert reaching its most desperate stage, Stirling has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it - from behind their own lines. But Stirling is up against the many in British High Command who do not want to see him succeed with his radical new way of warfare. Against the odds, Stirling wins through and helps the Allies towards victory in the desert. The cost is high. In combat, Stirling loses lieutenant Jock Lewes, his right-hand man. With his brilliant training methods and invention of a new weapon, Lewes has proved vital to making Stirling's dream of a crack fighting force a reality. Stirling must soldier on alone.

    Episode 2

    With the tragic loss of Jock Lewes, Stirling's second in command is now the newly promoted Captain Paddy Mayne - an officer as unpredictable and dangerous as the new phase of war that is about to begin. Unknown to David Stirling, the Germans are training special units to track, intercept and kill the marauding SAS. The hunters soon become the hunted. The SAS has to adapt if it is going to survive. Disaster strikes when Stirling is captured by the Germans. As the SAS prepare to fight Hitler in Europe, they are without the inspirational leadership of the man who created them.

    Episode 3

    Stirling is locked away in Hitler's most secure prison - Colditz. Leadership of the SAS passes to Paddy Mayne, a man who has built his reputation on the battlefield as a warrior of the first rank, but has no interest in charming high command. In 1943, the SAS leaves the desert for Europe to enter a darker and far more complex theatre of war, led by a man who is often drunk and disorderly and prone to acts of savagery. They will face the terror of execution and the trauma of civilian casualties. And they will be the first to witness the nightmare of Belsen concentration camp. "

    SAS: Rogue Warriors (TV Mini Series 2017) - IMDb
  20. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    "Closely guarded secret" covered in most books on the subject!
    Look out for the K2 Ambulance, also seen in Foyle's War
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