Strike Back

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    • Chris Ryan's Strike Back is a British television series based on the novel of the same name written by best-selling author and former soldier of the Special Air Service, Chris Ryan. It was produced by Left Bank Pictures for Sky1. The cast of Strike Back is led by Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln, also starring Orla Brady, Shelley Conn, Colin Salmon and Jodhi May, including a variety of guest appearances including Toby Stephens, Ewen Bremner, Dhaffer L'Abidine, Shaun Parkes and Alexander Siddig. The series follows John Porter (Armitage), a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by Section 20 of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

      The series ran on a multi-million pound budget, and was filmed on location in South Africa, particularly in the Province of Gauteng. Ryan became a series consultant. Strike Back commenced airing on 5 May 2010 with two episodes showing a week. The first episode received unofficial overnight ratings of 400,000 viewers in the United Kingdom, which increased to 1 million according to the more official Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. It was met with generally positive reviews; comments of the series ranged from a positive "British action series that packs a Die Hard-style thrill around every corner," to a more negative "pathetic male fantasy". It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 7 June 2010. A 10-part second series, going under the banner title Strike Back 2: Project Dawn, was commissioned by Sky in August 2010, to be co-produced with Cinemax, a subsidiary of HBO.

      The series takes place in a six-episode format. It follows the actions of John Porter (Richard Armitage), a former SAS Sergeant, and Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln), a Section 20 officer in the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Both of them took part in a botched operation on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq where two soldiers in their unit were killed. The series is divided on three main story lines that took place seven years later. The first two episodes focus on the kidnapping of Katie Dartmouth (Orla Brady), a British journalist, outside Basra, Iraq. Porter is redrafted to rescue her. The next two episodes take place in Zimbabwe, where the Government accuses the UK of orchestrating the assassination plot of Robert Mugabe; Porter is to enter the same prison the apparent shooter is being held and aids in breaking out. The last two episodes take place in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where a computer hacker is responsible for killing several American troops in Helmand Province. A loose arc also takes place during the series concerning who killed the soldiers.

      The second series focuses on a United States special forces operative working with Section 20 to stop an international terrorist organisation.

      First series

      The series was filmed on location in and around Johannesburg, South Africa.

      The inspiration for a television adaptation came when executive producer Andy Harries saw the novel while at an airport and took it on holiday with him. He did not manage to read it before returning to Britain, but pitched the idea to Sky's Head of Drama Elaine Pyke, who commissioned it anyway.[1][15] Pyke and Harries had enthusiasm for the novel, and were excited to take up the challenge to adapt it for television. It was planned to be shot in high-definition because, according to Pyke; "Sky1 HD drama is about trying to astound audiences, up the creative bar, and commission shows which make audiences love being Sky subscribers." After seeing the success from previous dramas such as Terry Pratchett's Hogfather and The Take, Sky made a multi-million pound commitment to Strike Back.[16]

      Harries commented that he "was interested in developing a quality action series out of the UK because it's something we don't do very often, but there's no reason why we shouldn't." Richard Armitage called the series an "ambitious project for television. But the advantage of that is that these three feature films are linked together so you get a really interesting character arc through all episodes. American television is being brave and doing that at the moment, and this is stepping into that area." Former SAS soldier and the original novel's author, Chris Ryan, served as the series consultant and script advisor. Chris Ryan stated; "When you produce a novel it's like a child and to see it put onto screen opens it up to a greater audience. I class myself as a storyteller now, and to tell that story on paper is a great privilege, then to see it on screen is even better."[1]

      As Strike Back is military drama, the production crew used a vast catalogue of firearms, including side arms, assault and sniper rifles, as well as rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and other explosives. Cast members were first taught by carrying weights that mimicked the weight of the weapons so they could get used to carrying it during filming. Later, they were taught how to carry them professionally, including how to disassamble and re-assemble them, as well as how to fire and reload. Though the majority were actually rubber duplicates were sometimes used for some of the background characters.[17] Three ex-SAS soldiers taught the cast weapons and tactical training,[6] and were also on hand to oversee how cast members carried the weapons during filming sessions.[17]

      Filming commenced on August 2009,[16] and concluded by the end of the same year. It was filmed on location primarily in the Johannesburg area in South Africa, as well as the same Province the city is located, Gauteng.[18] Other filming locations in the series include Northern Cape, Augrabies Falls National Park,[19] and the Kalahari Desert.[20] Harries wanted to film the series in South Africa because he worked there several times in the past, and knew the country can replicate anywhere in the world.[21]

      One of the biggest problems for filming is the environmental impact they would cause, particularly with explosions. Location manager Jaco Espach often coordinated with a special effects team to use more environmentally friendly methods. In order to film sequences involving firearms and explosives in private property, the series crew often negotiated with property owners, as well as notifying all neighbouring properties, local police and the local hospital. In the city, leaflets were distributed to the filming location a week in advance. In airport scenes, the crew would inform the aviation authorities.[19] The action sequences in the beginning of the first episode took five days to shoot,[9] and was filmed in the Johannesburg suburb of Yeoville. On the scenes filmed on the Kalahari, filming temporarily halted due to the spotting of venomous snakes in the area. After they retreated from some rainfall, the crew swept the area to remove them and filming continued

      Second series

      In August 2010, it was reported that Sky were commissioning a 10-part second series. The series returns to UK television on Sky1 on 21 August 2011.[22][23] The crew were scouting for locations outside South Africa, including the United States, South America and Europe.[24] In February 2011, Sky entered a co-production deal with the American company Cinemax/HBO to co-produce the new series.[2] Frank Spotnitz, Richard Zadjlic, Tony Saint and Simon Burke were employed as the series writers, while Alex Holmes, Bill Eagles, Paul Wilmhurst and Percival serve as the series directors.[14] It began filming in South Africa on February 2011.[2][8] Filming will also take place in Hungary and the UK.[7] The second series will be go under the banner title Strike Back: Project Dawn in the United Kingdom.[25]

      The second series began broadcasting on 12 August 2011 in the United States,[14] and will begin in the United Kingdom on 21 August.[30]

      Source: Wikipedia

      Strike Back 2: Project Dawn – First Look: Cast Photos

      Es gibt zwar noch keinen offiziellen Deutschland Start für die zweite Staffel von BBC’s/Sky1’s Strike Back bei (wahrscheinlich) RTL2, dafür gab’s bereits vor einer Weile die ersten beiden Trailer, die wir hier und hier gepostet hatten. Was es allerdings neues und erwähnenswertes gibt, sind eine Reihe Photos, Cast und Photos und das Poster, zur 10-Episoden starken Series 2, “Strike Back 2: Project Dawn”: Take a look!…k-cast-photos/#more-12832

      Source: Serienload

      It takes forever to find yourself
      But it only takes one second
      to forget who you are.

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    • Die erste Staffel fand ich ja mega stark, nicht zuletzt wegen Richard Armitage den ich seit "Robin Hood" sehr verehre. *;)*
      Leider wird er ja in der 2. Staffel nicht allzu häufig, wenn überhaupt, zu sehen sein, er dreht grade am Hobbit, wie BTW die Hälfte aller guten UK-Serienschauspieler.

      Trotzdem bin ich gespannt auf die 2. Staffel und freu mich drauf wenn's die dann mal hier zu kaufen gibt.

      Nachtrag: Ich rate BTW jedem davon ab die Bücher zur Serie zu lesen, so vorhersehbare Geschichten, so einfallslose Charaktere und so eine durchsichtige Handlung hab ich noch ganz selten gelesen. Wenn einem in diesen Büchern eine Person suspekt ist, dann kann man sich drauf verlassen, dass sie sich nachher als "böse" rausstellt. Und der Held merkt nix bis es zu spät ist. *frust*
    • Strike Back - Season 2 - October Episodes - Press Release

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      Episode #19
      Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 5 (10:00-10:50 p.m. ET/PT)
      Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 5 (11:30 p.m.), 6 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), 7 (12:15p.m.), 8 (11:45 p.m.), 9 (12:05 a.m.) and 10 (8:00 p.m.)
      Now a wanted man, Knox (Charles Dance) hatches a plan for the nuclear bombs that involves several African nations plagued by political unrest and unstable militia factions. When the transport for one of the nukes is recognized at the scene of a crime, Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) mount a dangerous pursuit. Dalton (Rhona Mitra) confronts Christy Bryant (Stephanie Vogt) about the CIA’s dealings in Africa. Matlock (Vincent Regan) reveals his true motives behind joining Knox to Hanson (Shane Taylor), who continues to be a major distraction for Stonebridge.
      Directed by Bill Eagles; written by Tony Saint.

      Episode #20 (season finale)
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      Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 12 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)
      Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 12 (11:30 p.m.), 13 (9:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 14 (noon), 15 (12:45 a.m.), 16 (12:10 a.m.) and 17 (8:00 p.m.)
      Scott questions Bryant about her role in Knox’s plan and appeals to her for help, but Scott’s dark past may dictate his course of action. Stonebridge attempts to focus on the mission, but is consumed by thoughts of revenge. South Africanpolice team up with Section 20 to find the nukes and Knox before he can carry out his plan.
      Directed by Bill Eagles; written by Tony Saint.

      Source: HBO

      It takes forever to find yourself
      But it only takes one second
      to forget who you are.
    • Bin gerade bei 1x3 Zimbawe Part 1 - es sind eigentlich 3 Geschichten in jeweils zwei Folgen (also Season 1 hat 6 Folgen) zusammengefasst. Die ersten beiden gehen um den Irak, die nächsten beiden in Zimbawe und die letzen beiden spielen in Afgahnistan.
      Interessante Geschichten die einige spannende Wendungen bereithalten..nicht zuletzt Andrew Lincoln und Richart Armitage sind ein Grund um diese Serie zu sehen. Für meinen Geschmack etwas zu blutig manchmal...aber ich kann ja weggucken.

      It takes forever to find yourself
      But it only takes one second
      to forget who you are.
    • Ich liebe Armitage als John Porter. Sehr schade, dass er nicht in den weiteren Staffeln mitspielt. Wenn ich allerdings bedenke, was die Amis teilweise daraus gemacht haben, bin ich doch wieder froh. Und er hat ja zugunsten des Hobbits abgesagt. Allerdings wäre es super gewesen, wenn sie mit dem Dreh bei Strike Back einfach abgewartet hätten, bis Richard und sein Mittelerdeausflug fertig gewesen ist. DAS wäre eine tolle Werbung für die Serie gewesen.
      Auf nach Mittelerde