Drama films

BBC One SAS drama films in UK and Morocco

A new drama from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight on SAS began filming this week, with filming set to take place in the UK and Morocco, dubbing the latter for the Middle East.

Based on the bestseller of the same name by Ben Macintyre, SAS: Rogue Heroes comes from Kudos to be delivered to BBC One. It is a dramatized account of the formation of the now famous Special Forces unit during WWII. It stars Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen, Sofia Boutella and Dominic West.

The 6×60 drama is filming in the UK and Morocco, the latter doubling for Cairo and the Middle East.

Creator Knight said: “I am truly delighted to bring together the best of a new generation of UK and international talent to tell this remarkable story. The people represented and who did such amazing things were young, in their twenties, and we made a conscious decision to choose people of the same age. We enter this project with a spirit of adventure and believe that our young and talented actors will do justice to this period in history.

Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama, commented: “Combining a fascinating and little-known story with all the intelligence and arrogance for which Steven Knight’s writing is known, SAS: Rogue Heroes will be unlike anything that we have seen before. It’s no surprise that a cast of such caliber has signed up to bring these daring, bright and highly entertaining characters to the screen.

The series is directed by Tom Shankland with production by Stephen Smallwood. Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd produce for Kudos alongside Tommy Bulfin for the BBC.

Morocco is frequently used to double the Middle East and Desert locations. The country launched a tax incentive for films in 2018 and has since hosted top-tier productions including The Old Guard, Black Widow and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

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