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  Strike Back (2010) [TV series]  
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OMDB: 0437712
Genre: Action, Drama, War, Thriller
Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 45 min
   
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Amanda Mealing Colonel Grant
Sullivan Stapleton Damien Scott
Michelle Lukes Sgt. Julia Richmond
Laura Greenwood Alexandra Porter
Shelley Conn Danni
Richard Armitage John Porter
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Chris Ryan's Strike Back
Genre Action/Drama
Starring Richard Armitage
Andrew Lincoln
Orla Brady
Shelley Conn
Colin Salmon
Jodhi May
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 2
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Harries
Elaine Pyke
Producer(s) Andrew Benson
Location(s) South Africa
Running time 40–45 minutes
Production company(s) Left Bank Pictures
Distributor BSkyB
Broadcast
Original channel Sky1
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original airing 5 May 2010
External links
Official website

Strike Back (promoted as Chris Ryan's Strike Back) is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for Sky1. Based on the Chris Ryan book of the same name, Strike Back has an international cast led by Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln and including Toby Stephens, Ewen Bremner, Jodhi May, Dhaffer L'Abidine, Orla Brady, Shelley Conn and Colin Salmon. Sky began broadcasting the series of six episodes on 5 May 2010, showing two episodes per week.[1]

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[edit] Production

The series was commissioned by Head of Drama of Sky, Elaine Pyke. Chris Ryan, former soldier with the Special Air Service and author on the book on which the series is based, is the series consultant and script advisor. It was filmed on location in South Africa. It was filmed using 35mm camera.[2]

[edit] Reception

"It's hokum, all right, but polished, watchable hokum. And at least Ross Kemp isn't in it."

Andrea Mullaney of The Scotsman[3]

Overall, the reviews of the series were generally mixed. On review on the first two episodes, Jane Simon of Mirror.co.uk has said that between the cast, "there's enough shock and awe to make you very glad they're showing this in a double bill."[4] Gerard Gilbert of The Arts Desk dubbed Strike Back as "thin and lightweight next to [Armitage's other gig] Spooks", and although "not unexciting", Gilbert did not find the series interesting.[5] Andrea Mullaney of The Scotsman was positive about the casting, and the changes in storyline from the original novel, though the series was aimed "squarely at the blokey viewer who'd rather watch paint dry than a costume drama."[3]

Sam Wollaston from The Guardian enjoyed the first episodes, but called it a "pathetic male fantasy."[6] Tom Sutcliffe of The Independant stated the series may be enjoyed by those who like explosions and Spooks-like operations.[7]

[edit] Episodes

The series takes place on a six-episode story, which takes the team through three separate narratives, set in Iraq, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Pakistan.[8]

# Title Directed by Written by Viewers/
audience share (%)
Original airdate
1 "Episode 1" Daniel Percival Jed Mercurio 398,000/1.7[9] 5 May 2010 (2010-05-05)
The episode begins on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where a British Army Special Forces unit take part in an operation to release a hostage. During the operation, John Porter (Richard Armitage) confronts a boy wearing a suicide vest, which he disarms. After the hostage is found, two soldiers are killed, one is left in a vegetative state, and Porter and his best friend Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) are injured. After the operation, Porter resign, but has difficulty getting another profession, eventually landing himself the role of a security guard, while Collinson becomes a high position member in Section 20 of MI6. Seven years later, British Journalist Katie Dartmouth (Orla Brady) is kidnapped outside Basra by the "Sword of Islam"; the kidnappers demand the release of one of their comrades from Belmarsh. Upon realising one of the kidnappers is the same boy as the one Porter disarmed, nicknamed "scarface", Collinson decides to "reactivate" Porter. By the time he arrives in Basra, a separate unit is tasked with retrieving Dartmouth after tracking the live feed. Unfortunately, the building is rigged with explosives and detonates, killing the unit. In the end, Porter goes on his own to the same apartment complex during the same operation seven years previous. 
2 "Episode 2" Daniel Percival Jed Mercurio 370,000/2.1[9] 5 May 2010 (2010-05-05)
Porter finds a member of the "Sword of Islam", and after some persuasion, the member leads him to where Dartmouth is being held. There, Porter allows himself to be captured. The group find a tracking device on one of his teeth and remove it, and then move both hostages to another location. Sometime after arriving, the kidnappers decide to execute Dartmond a day sooner. By then, Porter works out a way to break himself free from his restraints and kills most of the kidnappers. "Scarface", later revealed to be As'ad, kills the leader, and wishes to join them, citing that he knew who killed the soldiers seven years ago. The trio escape, but are pursued by re-enforcements. When the extraction team arrive, Collinson, who believed As'ad killed the soldiers, refuses him to join; As'ad is likely killed, upon being chased by "Sword of Islam" soldiers. In the end, Porter questions Dartmouth about what As'ad said about who killed the soldiers. Dartmouth recalls that it was a British soldier who killed them; It is heavily implied that it was Collinson who was responsible. 
3 "Episode 3" Jed Mercurio & Alan Whiting[2] 12 May 2010 (2010-05-12)
A double of Robert Mugabe is assassinated, and the Zimbabwe government accuses the British Government of being behind the plot. Porter goes to the same prison where Masuku, the apparent shooter is being held and to help break him out.[2] 
4 "Episode 4" Jed Mercurio & Alan Whiting[2] 12 May 2010 (2010-05-12)
Masuku and Porter break out of prison and attempt to escape from Zimbabwe; Colonel Tshuma leads a manhunt to find the two.[2] 
5 "Episode 5" Robert Murphy[2] 19 May 2010 (2010-05-19)
A computer hacker is responsible for killing several American troops in Helmand province, Afghanistan.[2] 
6 "Episode 6" Robert Murphy[2] 19 May 2010 (2010-05-19)
The Americans believe the British government is responsible, and attempt to force them to answer for what they done.[2] 

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Chris Ryan's Strike Back". Sky1. http://sky1.sky.com/strike-back. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sky 1 Press release; Chris Ryan's Strike Back". skypressoffice.co.uk. March 2010. http://www.skypressoffice.co.uk/SkyOne/news/showarticle.asp?id=2942&month=3&year=2010. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Mullaney, Andrea (7 May, 2010). "TV review: Chris Ryan's Strike Back". The Scotsman. http://living.scotsman.com/features/TV-review-Chris-Ryan39s-Strike.6275461.jp. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  4. ^ Simon, Jane (5 May, 2010). "Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky1, 9pm and 10pm". mirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/tv/todays-tv/2010/05/05/chris-ryan-s-strike-back-sky1-9pm-and-10pm-115875-22233766/. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (6 May, 2010). "Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky 1". The Arts Desk. http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1436:chris-ryan-sas-sky1-strike-back&Itemid=27. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wollaston, Sam (6 May, 2010). "Chris Ryan's Strike Back and Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/may/06/chris-ryans-strike-back-review. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  7. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (6 May, 2010). "Last Night's TV: Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky 1". The Independant. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/last-nights-tv-chris-ryans-strike-back-sky-1br-timothy-spall-somewhere-at-sea-bbc4br-the-boats-that-built-britain-bbc4-1964268.html. Retrieved 8 May, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Strike Back, Behind the Show". Sky1. http://sky1.sky.com/strike-back-about-the-show-the-story. 
  9. ^ a b Deans, Jason (6 May 2010)). "TV ratings: Timothy Spall gives fair wind to BBC4". guardian.co.uk (Guardian Media Group). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/may/06/tv-ratings-timothy-spall-bbc4. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 

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