The creator of SAS Rogue Heroes on the Peaky Blinders comparison

The creator and screenwriter of SAS Rogue Heroes, a new BBC drama that traces the formation of the Special Air Service during World War II, has drawn a comparison to another of his works.

When Steven Knight was asked about the parallels between the characters on his upcoming series and those on Peaky Blinders during a recent Q&A, he said the two shows seemed to have similar “themes.”

“There seems to be some sort of theme with Peaky and that, where it’s a group of men who are probably not the easiest people to fit into mainstream society,” he explained. . “I think all the people who are the heroes in all of this, if there hadn’t been a war, they would have ended up in prison and would have been in trouble because they weren’t equipped for a normal society. .

“There’s a beautiful quote from Rudyard Kipling. It says, ‘For it’s Tommy this, and Tommy that, and throw him out, bully! But he’s ‘Savior of’ his country’ when the guns start to shoot.’

“In other words, people who get kicked out of clubs and restaurants and get into terrible trouble in peace, when war comes, they’re needed. I think that’s really interesting. Maybe being that people watching this who feel like they’re outcast and not good for society and not fitting in might be thinking, ‘Well, I could be a hero.'”

The cast of SAS Rogue Heroes.

Sex Education’s Connor Swindells, who stars in the series alongside Jack O’Connell (Skins, ’71, The North Water) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thones, Whitehouse Farm, Jojo Rabbit) also spoke about the brutal filming conditions .

“We also did a lot of daytime stuff for the night, which was the most difficult because the night in the [Sahara] the desert is normally extremely cold, so we would be wearing tons and tons of layers, but we were shooting at noon in the heat,” Swindells explained. “And they were unbearably hot and your rifle gets heavier and heavier and heavier, shot after shot. after taking. It was a fight.”

But he also said there was a lot to enjoy during their time in Morocco: “I have fond memories of us bombing it through the Sahara Desert in the Jeeps. You couldn’t see the camera. There was no supporting artist anywhere. It was just us in the cars bombing it, living like the characters. Those are my fondest memories of it all.

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SAS Rogue Heroes arrives on BBC One on Sunday October 30 at 9 p.m. Visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight, or check out the rest of our drama coverage.

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