Thursday, 20 January 2011


[15.50 - French Time] Media website reports that Chris Ryan's Strike Back will be aired in Germany at the end of this month by private channel RTL II.

Based on the best-selling book by former SAS man Chris Ryan, Strike Back is a 6 x 60-minute series starring Richard Armitage (Spooks) as John Porter and Andrew Lincoln (This Life) as Hugh Collinson. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a Special Forces unit lead by John Porter is on a daring hostage rescue mission into the heart of Basra. But the operation turns into a disaster for Porter and Collinson and haunts Porter for years, until the discharged veteran finds an occasion to return to Iraq and redeem himself.

Strike Back is adapted by Jed Mercurio (Bodies) and is directed by Daniel Percival (The State Within) for the first four hours, and Edward Hall (Spooks) for the last two. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures (Zen, Wallander) for Sky1 HD and Sky1 and internationally distributed by BBC Worldwide. The cast includes Toby Stephens, Jodhi May, Orla Brady, and Colin Salmon.

The Sky1 drama was filmed in South Africa, like ITV1's Kidnap and Ransom (produced by and starring Trevor Eve) or Kudos's Outcasts, due to be aired by BBC One next month. Sky aired Chris Ryan's Strike Back in May 2010 and commisioned a second series in August. German channel RTL II will air the initial series in a 3 X 90-minute version, starting Wednesday, 26 January 2011.

We hear that a French channel has bought Strike Back too. (In German) (In German) (In German)

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