Strike back

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Television series
German title Strike back
Original title Strike back
Strike Back Logo.jpg
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Year (s) since 2010
Left Bank Pictures
length 44 minutes
Episodes 68+ in 8 seasons ( list )
genre War Movie
Theme music From season 2: Short Change Hero by The Heavy
production Andrew Benson
music Ilan Eshkeri
Scott Shields
First broadcast May 5th, 2010 on Sky One
first broadcast
January 26, 2011 on RTL II

Strike Back is a British television series from 2010. In this television series, bestselling author Chris Ryan processed his own experiences from his time as an elite soldier with the Special Air Service . The television series is based on the novel Ryan published under the name Chris Ryan's Strike Back . Left Bank Pictures is producing the television series on behalf of Sky1 .

The series revolves around a fictional division of the British Secret Service, Section 20.


The idea to adapt the novel by Chris Ryan came to executive producer Andy Harries when he saw the novel at an airport and took it on vacation. Although he had not read the book before returning to the UK, he suggested that Elaine Pyke film the novel, who approved it on behalf of British Sky Broadcasting .

The television series was shot in South Africa . Most of the photos were taken in the Gauteng region . Other locations in the series were in the North Cape Province and in the National Park at the Augrabies Falls . It was also filmed in the Kalahari . The television series is estimated to be worth several million pounds sterling . The television series celebrated its world premiere in the Vue cinema in London's West End on April 15, 2010. In the United Kingdom, the first season of the television series was broadcast from May 5, 2010 to May 19, 2010. Strike Back was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on June 7, 2010 .

The television series was shown for the first time by RTL II on German free TV . Two episodes each were broadcast as a 90-minute, coherent feature film. The first two episodes were shown on January 26, 2011, the third and fourth episodes were broadcast on January 28, 2011, and the last two episodes were aired a day later. In Germany, the first season of the television series was released under the title "Chris Ryan's Strike Back" on February 25, 2011 on DVD with an FSK -18 rating, the second season "Project Dawn" was released under the title "Strike Back - The Complete First Season " on October 5, 2012, the third season" Vengeance "appeared under the title " Strike Back - The Complete Second Season " on May 7, 2015, the fourth season" Shadow Warfare "appeared under the title " Strike Back - The Complete third season " on June 8, 2017 and the fifth season" Legacy "was released on August 3, 2017 under the title " Strike Back - The Complete Fourth Season " .

Richard Armitage completed 10 weeks of specialist training in the UK before filming began. This enabled him to do most of the stunts himself. The role of kidnapped Katie Dartmouth, played by Orla Brady , was inspired by Orla Guerin , an Irish journalist who works as a war correspondent in the Middle East for the BBC .

In August 2010, Sky1 announced that the production of another season, which should include 10 episodes, will be carried out in cooperation with the HBO subsidiary Cinemax under the title Strike Back - Project Dawn . This is supposed to be about US special forces that, in cooperation with British agents, take up the fight with an international terrorist group. Initially, the Herald Sun reported that Armitage would forego the participation in the production of the second season of the television series in favor of the shooting of the Hobbit film trilogy . However, it was later announced that he would appear again in the second season. Filming, which is to take the film crew from South Africa via the USA to Europe, including Hungary and the United Kingdom, began in South Africa in February 2011. The broadcast of the second season began on August 12, 2011 in the US and ended on October 21, 2012. In the United Kingdom, the second season was broadcast from August 21, 2011 to October 23, 2011. The broadcast of ten episodes existing third season was from August 17, 2012 to October 12, 2012 in the United States and from September 2, 2012 to November 4, 2012 in the United Kingdom. On October 3, 2012, the series was extended by a fourth season, which again consists of ten episodes.

In October 2013, Cinemax produced the fifth season. The sixth season with ten new episodes was released in October 2017, the seventh from January 2019, and the eighth, final season from February 2020.


Role name actor Main role
Voice actor
John Porter Richard Armitage 1 Wolfgang Wagner
Hugh Collinson Andrew Lincoln 1 Viktor Neumann
Danni Prendiville Shelley Conn 1 Alexandra Wilcke
Layla Thompson Jodhi May 1 Tanja Geke
Michael Stonebridge Philip Winchester 2-5 Martin Kautz
Damien Scott Sullivan Stapleton 2-5 Alexander Doering
Julia Richmond Michelle Lukes 2-5 Nicole Hannak
Oliver Sinclair Rhashan Stone 2-3 Christian Rudolf
Eleanor Grant Amanda Mealing 2 Dana Friedrich
Kate Marshall Eva Birthistle 2 Melanie Hinze
Rachel Dalton Rhona Mitra 3-4 Antje von der Ahe
Liam Baxter Liam Garrigan 3-4 Fabian Oscar Vienna
Philip Locke Robson Green 4-5 Peter Flechtner
Kim Martinez Milauna Jackson 4-5 Maja Maneiro
Thomas "Mac" McAllister Warren Brown 6th Philippa Jarke
Samuel Wyatt Daniel MacPherson 6th
Gracie Novin Alin Sumarwata 6th Alice Bauer
Natalie Reynolds Roxanne McKee 6th
Adeena Donovan Nina Sosanya 6th Aline Staskowiak


Season Season designation DVD title German Publication date
1 Strike back Chris Ryan's Strike Back February 25, 2011
2 Project Dawn Strike Back - The entire first season 5th October 2012
3 Vengeance Strike Back - The entire second season May 7, 2015
4th Shadow Warfare Strike Back - The complete third season June 8, 2017
5 Legacy Strike Back - The complete fourth season 3rd August 2017
6th Retribution Strike Back - Season 5 March 7, 2019
7th revolution February 14, 2020

Episode list


TV Spielfilm assessed the first two double episodes as "elaborate TV action about tough guys" . The editorial team of TV Spielfilm wrote that the last two episodes, which were also broadcast as a double episode in full length, were “a no-frills, exciting military riot” . The double episode is “staged quickly and crisply”, contains “good characters, nice jokes and one or two calculated surprises - the last part of the British military agent trilogy also delivers solid, entertaining action. Bremner convinces as a weirdo just like Armitage as a robust hero ” .

In the Internet Movie Database , almost 16,630 users rated the television series with 8.3 out of a possible 10 points.

Nominations and Awards

Lee Walpole , Iain Eyre , Stuart Hilliker and JJ Le Roux were nominated for the 2010 RTS Television Award in the category "Best Sound - Drama".

Individual evidence

  1. a b TV feature film : Film review: Strike Back - The ambush
  2. a b The Guardian : Pitch first, read later , August 29, 2010
  3. Locations according to the Internet Movie Database
  4. British Sky Broadcasting : Strike Back Interview: Location Manager ( Memento of the original from May 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , August 16, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. British Sky Broadcasting : Richard Armitage Braves Killer Snakes For Strike Back! , Sky Magazine, January 2010
  6. Premiere according to the official website
  7. a b Entertainment Weekly : Cinemax orders' 24'-meets-'Call of Duty' action series , James Hibberd, February 9, 2011
  8. ^ British Video Association : Chris Ryan's Strike Back
  9. TV feature film : Film review: Strike Back - Die Mission
  10. Screen Rush: Richard Armitage Talks Strike Back , Emily Philips, April 29, 2010
  11. Jump up ↑ The Guardian : Sky1 orders second series of Strike Back , Jason Deans, August 2, 2009
  12. The Herald Sun : Sullivan Stapleton lands lead role in HBO drama Strike Back , January 20, 2011
  13. ^ British Sky Broadcasting : Second Series For Sky1's Strike Back , February 10, 2011
  14. ^ Daily Mirror : Global Strike action , Tim Oglethorpe, July 28, 2010
  15. Entertainment Weekly : Cinemax orders' 24'-meets-'Call of Duty' action series , James Hibberd, February 9, 2011
  16. TV by the Numbers : CINEMAX Series 'Strike Back' Debuts Aug. 12 , Robert, Seidman, July 21, 2011
  17. British Sky Broadcasting : Strikeback 2, Sky1 HD, Starts Sunday 21 August
  18. : Strike Back: Cinemax and Sky order another season
  19. Michael Ausiello: Cinemax Renews (and Cancels) Strike Back . In: . October 28, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  20. Adam Arndt: Strike Back: Cinemax ordered 5th and at the same time last season . In: . October 28, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  21. a b TV feature film : Film review: Strike Back - day of revenge
  22. Strike Back in the Internet Movie Database (English)
  23. Nominations and awards according to the Internet Movie Database

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