Filming has begun for the second series of SAS: Rogue Heroes, created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders).
The second series is set in the spring of 1943. With David Stirling captured and Paddy Mayne now in charge of the SAS, their focus must shift from the conflict in North Africa to mainland Europe. But GHQ have questioned the regiment’s future, while the creation of a new unit and a surprise arrival make things even more difficult for the men. Can they demonstrate that the SAS remains essential to warfare, wherever it leads?
Jack O’Connell returns as Paddy Mayne, alongside Connor Swindells as David Stirling, Sofia Boutella as Eve Mansour and Dominic West as Dudley Clarke. Gwilym Lee (The great, Bohemian Rhapsody) joins as Bill Stirling, brother of David Stirling and founder of the 2SAS regiment, while Con O’Neill (Happy Valley, our flag means death) will play General Montgomery.
Returning Theo Barklem-Biggs as Reg Seekings, Corin Silva as Jim Almonds, Jacob Ifan as Pat Riley, Jacob McCarthy as Johnny Cooper, Stuart Campbell as Bill Fraser and Bobby Schofield as Dave Kershaw . They will serve alongside new recruits Mark Rowley (The last kingdom, the water of the north) and Jack Barton (Heartstopper, War of the Worlds), who will play SAS members Jock McDiarmid and John Tonkin, respectively.
Among the new members of the cast there is also Paolo De Vita (Anonymous, The Great War of Salento), Anna Manuelli (Block 181, Unique Pieces), Edward Bennett (Industry, save me too) and Matteo Franco.
Says series creator, writer and executive producer Steven Knight, “It’s so nice to be back in the wild world of SAS so soon. The second chapter is even more incredible than the first and we hope to do justice to the brave men and women whose story we are telling ”.
Karen Wilson, Kudos joint managing director and executive producer, says: “We were blown away by the incredible reaction to the first series and are so excited to be shooting again. Steven’s scripts are simply brilliant, we have an amazing cast, and we can’t wait for another action-packed round with our Heroes banned Still.”
Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, says: “The first series dazzled millions of viewers across the country with its bravado, action-packed scenes and wit, winning over a whole legion of fans in the process. Series two gets bigger and better to show that Steven Knight and team were just getting started – we can’t wait to welcome the Heroes banned back to the BBC.
SAS: Rogue heroes screens in Australia on SBS.