Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is finally back with a new Epix TV series, Rogue Heroes. Based on Ben Macintyre’s novel SAS: Rogue Heroes, this first season tells the almost unbelievable but true story of the birth of the SAS (Special Air Service) and their actions during the North African Campaign during WWII.
The cast of Rogue Heroes includes Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Emma) as David Stirling, Jack O’Connell (Godless, Unbroken) as Paddy Mayne, Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, Jojo Rabbit) as Jock Lewes and Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond, Kingsman: The Secret Service) as fictional character Eve Mansour.
Rogue Heroes Interviews
You can watch our full interviews with Steven Knight and the cast of Rogue Heroes down below:
Nowadays, the SAS is an elite military unit. However, they started as what we can refer to as a somewhat very dysfunctional family. It is fascinating to follow the story of these rogue heroes (heroes who, it is fair to say, would be in jail during peacetime.) We can only be admirative of their tenacity and rebellious behavior because, without it, the many different missions they undertook would have never seen the light of day. The SAS was absolutely essential in the winning of the war by the Allies, mostly by stopping the Germans from expanding the Third Reich in Africa.
Ben Macintyre is famous for highlighting some of the less famous yet essential stories of the Second World War (as he did with Operation Mincemeat, for example). Steven Knight brings his genius storytelling skills and his favorite punk/ hard-rock playlist to the table and delivers an epic first season, which he admitted will hopefully be followed by three more seasons.
Steven Knight explained what he finds compelling in adapting untold stories as TV shows:
“I’m always attracted to stories that haven’t been told. Usually they’re the ones that are the most compelling and interesting. The SAS kept themselves secret for a long time (…) But when I read the story of how the SAS was formed, it was so incredible, so unbelievable, I just thought, ‘This got to be told’. I also have a personal connection to it, my dad was in the army, he fought in the North African campaign. He wasn’t in the SAS, but he was a soldier and when I was a kid, I used to ask him how it was like. He always said ‘’We just used to play Cowboys and Indians.’’ So part of this was me trying to find out what that ‘Cowboys and Indians’ really was.“
You can watch Rogue Heroes on Epix (soon to be MGM+).