Steven Knight’s BBC drama SAS Rogue Heroes has been commissioned for a second series.

The announcement comes as series one comes to a close on BBC One. Filming on series two of SAS Rogue Heroes, made for the BBC by Kudos (a Banijay UK company), will take place in 2023.

Based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book of the same name, SAS Rogue Heroes has been a big hit on the BBC with episode one attracting 9.4 million viewers (28-day all screens figure). The series has been available in full as a box set on BBC iPlayer since launch.

Series one followed David Stirling (Connor Swindells), Jock Lewes (Alfie Allen) and Paddy Mayne (Jack O’Connell) in a dramatised account of how the SAS was formed in the darkest days of World War Two, with fellow cast members including Dominic West, Sofia Boutella, Tom Glynn-Carney and Theo Barklem-Biggs.

The second series will show viewers what comes next for the SAS, following the dramatic turn of events in series one’s final episode. Further details will be announced later.

Steven Knight, SAS Rogue Heroes’ creator, writer, and executive producer, says: “After the roaring success of Rogue Heroes I’m delighted to be embarking on the next chapter of the story. Series two will take the SAS into mainland Europe and will take our heroes to the limits of their endurance.”

Karen Wilson, executive producer and Joint Managing Director of Kudos says: “We’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first series and are so pleased to be bringing our SAS Rogue Heroes back for more. Steven’s incredible storytelling has captivated audiences and there is so much more story to tell – I can’t wait for audiences to see what’s in store.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, says: “The fantastic response and huge iPlayer figures for SAS Rogue Heroes is a testament to Steven Knight’s incredible skill for turning our history into modern, must-see TV. BBC viewers have really taken this series to their hearts, and we’re delighted to be working with Steven and Kudos to bring the Rogue Heroes’ exciting next chapter to life.”

SAS Rogue Heroes series one was written and executive produced by Steven Knight, directed by Tom Shankland, and produced by Stephen Smallwood. Executive producers for Kudos were Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, with Tommy Bulfin as executive producer for the BBC. SAS Rogue Heroes is distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.

Jon Creamer

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