Seven will screen US-UK action drama series, Strike Back, later this month.
It follows Richard Armitage as John Porter, a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by a fictional branch of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
But after the first season Armitage became unavailable due to the filming of The Hobbit. Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester then joined the series.
It has already been approved for a third season.
The high-octane, globe-spanning thriller mixes suspense, action and drama with storylines ripped from the headlines.
Screened as movie-length episodes, Strike Back follows stealth counter terrorism unit Section 20, an elite British military black ops unit that focuses on high-risk, top-priority targets. When one of their own is captured and held hostage, the group enlists the help of Damien Scott (Stapleton, Animal Kingdom, Gangster Squad, 300: Rise of an Empire), a former Delta Force operative who is familiar with the terrorists. Although he has good instincts and skills, his cocky style is often at odds with the more formal team, especially by-the-book Sergeant Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester, Crusoe). In a season-long arc, the pair criss-cross the globe on the trail of a deadly international terrorist named Latif, who is planning a major attack involving a cache of weapons of mass destruction.
The first season was shot in South Africa and Hungary for storyline locations ranging from England and Chechnya, to India and South Africa itself. The production works with a team of consultants who are in the field of counterterrorism and the military, contributing to the realistic tone of the show. In addition, the cast endured military training and tactics to prepare for the shoot.
Parade raved, “Move over James Bond. Gritty and action-packed, this series is a wild ride.” Los Angeles Times observed that the show “shoots high with plenty of action and thrills and a simmering bromance that’s fun to watch,” while the New York Daily News hailed Strike Back as “appointment television” and an “unapologetic, fist-pumping non-stop action thriller.” The Washington Post described the show as a “stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series,” Indiewire called it “first rate pulp TV, with enough unexpected heart and authenticity to guarantee that its thrills are never cheap” and the Huffington Post labelled Stapleton and Winchester as a “dynamic team.”
Strike Back is a HBO/Cinemax co-production with UK broadcaster Sky TV. The second season recently launched in the U.S.
Sunday, September 30 at 8.30pm on Seven.