“Peaky Blinders” creator and “Eastern Promises” scribe Steven Knight will adapt Ben Macintyre’s book “SAS: Rogue heroes” into a six-episode drama series for BBC One.
The story deals with the origins of the British special forces unit, the Special Air Service (S.A.S.), which was created to lead a new form of combat in the deserts of North Africa in the early 1940s. Macintyre was given privileged access to the SAS’s archives to write his account of its history.
The BBC says in a statement the show will “[celebrate] the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of this story [and] delve into the psychology of the flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers and men who formed the SAS in the darkest days of World War II.”
The series is being produced by Kudos (“Broadchurch,” “Humans”) and will be distributed globally by Endemol Shine International. Karen Wilson, Tommy Bulfin, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd will executive produce.