Some three years after announcing that the show’s fifth season would be its last, Sky1 and co-production partner Cinemax have revealed that they are bringing back Strike Back for a sixth season.
The new season, which is set in the same “universe” as the preceding five seasons, is not expected to feature Phillip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton as Damian Scott and Michael Stonebridge (pictured, right). Instead it will be something of a creative reboot with an entirely new cast.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Cinemax again to deliver more edge-of-your-seat action adventure and this latest series of Strike Back is another welcome addition to Sky 1’s ever-growing collection of high quality, home-grown dramas”, said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald. “At such an interesting time in global politics, this series delivers a compelling take on world events and the murky world of international espionage”.
Strike Back‘s sixth season will see the disavowed and disbanded Section programme restored in order to track down a notorious terrorist following a brutal prison break. Tasked with covert military intelligence and high-risk operations, the resurrected unit embarks on a lethal manhunt that will uncover a vast web of interconnected criminal activity. As the team journey across the Middle East and Europe, they uncover a deadly conspiracy which threatens to overwhelm them all and change the face of modern warfare forever.
The new cast is led by Warren Brown (Luther) and also includes Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles), Roxanne McKee (Game Of Thrones) and Alin Sumarwata (Neighbours). Brown has been cast as Sergeant Daniel ‘Mac’ McAllister, MacPherson as Sergeant Samuel Wyatt, McKee as Natalie Roberts and Sumarwata as Gracie Novin.
Based on the novel of the same name by Chris Ryan, Strike Back is produced by Sony backed indie Left Bank Pictures, who last year were said to be developing a feature film based on the series. The new episodes are being penned by Jack Lothian, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Andy Harries, Michael J. Bassett and Sharon Hughff also serve as executive producers. Bassett will also direct, while Bill Shephard is the series producer. Filming is set to commence in 2017.
“Strike Back is the show that took Left Bank Pictures onto the international stage and we are thrilled to be back with such an exciting cast and a world class team of writers, directors and producers”, said Left Bank CEO Andy Harries. “With a fanbase spread over 150 countries worldwide, Strike Back is television at its very best, where the military comes first! Our news stars have amazing physical skills which, combined with their military training is going to make the show rock.”