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Strike Back

Strike Back

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Photo Credit:  Cinemax
  • Premiered: 
    May 5, 2010
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  • Network: Sky1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2007 book (Strike Back) by Chris Ryan 
  • Subject Matter: Adventure
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Plot Synopsis

Britain's Section 20, an elite military black ops unit in the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), fights terrorism around the globe by deploying the best operatives from the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the six-episode first season (called STRIKE BACK: ORIGINS in the U.S., which Cinemax aired late Fall 2013), John Porter, a former Special Air Service Sergeant in the British Army, has three separate missions: to rescue British journalist Katie Dartmouth, who was kidnapped outside Basra, Iraq; to travel to Zimbabwe and break out a prisoner who was accused as the shooter in an assassination plot of Robert Mugabe; and locate a computer hacker who is responsible for killing American troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

At the start of the second season (called the first season in the US), Porter is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorist Latif, who can only be identified by two people in the world -- Porter and Damien Scott, a former operative in Delta Force, the United States Army's elite counterterrorist unit. The Section 20 team, with Scott and by-the-book Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, sets up a covert surveillance operation in New Delhi, where they uncover hidden messages in one of Porter's hostage transmissions, warning of Project Dawn, a planned terror attack at a hotel in India.

The third season (known as Season 2 in the US) begins with Scott sent to retrieve a British diplomat and junior attache when they are kidnapped by militants loyal to notorious Somali warlord Huseyin Waabri. Now out of the unit, Stonebridge is training recruits at a military base, staying close to home and being a dutiful husband. When Scott's mission takes an unexpected dangerous turn, Section 20 must find an immediate creative solution. In the fourth season (called Season 3 in the US), the team tracks the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari and his well-financed drug cartel partners as they target European and American interests, both at home and abroad, including Section 20 itself. Even though Cinemax didn't initially show the first season of STRIKE BACK, the network aired the world premiere of the second season on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10pm ET, just nine days before Sky1 first showed the return of the series to UK television on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10pm.

The 10-episode Season 4 (called Season 3 in the US) premiered on Cinemax on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT with new cast members: Robson Green as Col. Philip Locke; Dougray Scott as rogue operative James Leatherby; Milauna Jackson as Kim Martinez, a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team; and Zubin Varla as mysterious person of interest Leo Kamali.

One week after it showed the season finale of U.S. Season 3, Cinemax debuted STRIKE BACK: ORIGINS, the six-episode first season of the series, which previously aired in the UK in 2010.

STRIKE BACK returned for its fifth season (called Season 4 in the US) on Cinemax on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, with Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton continuing to star. When Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott of the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20 set out to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok, they quickly realize that what seems to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step in a massive terrorist plot with global implications. Stonebridge, Scott and the rest of their team soon find themselves crisscrossing Asia and Europe as they battle Japanese Yakuza, Russian Mafia, cyberterrorists, elite mercenaries and other deadly forces. Also returning are Robson Green, Michelle Lukes and Milauna Jackson, who are joined by new cast members: Michelle Yeoh, Dustin Clare, Will Yun Lee, James Wilby, Adrian Paul, Joseph Gatt, Christian Antidormi, British mixed martial arts champion and UFC fighter Michael Bisping, Michael McElhatton, Max Beesley, Tim McInnerny, Leo Gregory, Mark Griffin, Wolf Kahler, Andrew Pleavin, Eliza Hope Bennett and Masa Yamaguchi.

Cinemax aired the premiere of the sixth season of STRIKE BACK (called Season 5 in the US) -- now called STRIKE BACK: RETRIBUTION -- beginning Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT with an all-new cast portraying members of the revived Section 20, facing new threats and new enemies. In the season opener, members of Section 20 are called back into action when a new threat puts the world in danger. Stars in the new season include Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Alin Sumarwata.

STRIKE BACK kicks off its seventh season (called Season 6 in the US) on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 10-11pm ET/PT on Cinemax. Shot entirely in Malaysia, the new season features returning stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson and Alin Sumarwata, along with new cast members Jamie Bamber and Yasemin Allen. When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 -- Thomas "Mac" McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) -- are sent to investigate. There, they cross paths with Katrina Zarkova (Yasemin Allen), a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties. Under orders of the new commanding officer, Col. Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), Section 20 pursues stolen contents of the Russian jet across Southeast Asia. They will work alongside the Malaysian police to shut down a Triad gang in Kuala Lumpur, uncover a corrupt plot by a wealthy Indian businesswoman running for Parliament and plunge into the jungles of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar, facing off against mercenary drug agents and terrifying warlords as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.

The eighth season of STRIKE BACK (called Season 7 in the US) debuted on Cinemax on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT. When an Albanian crime family kidnaps a scientist responsible for the development of a top-secret British bioweapon, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 -- Gracie Novin, Thomas 'Mac' McAllister, Samuel Wyatt, Manisha Chetri and commanding officer Alexander Coltrane -- are sent on a mission to secure the virus and take down its potential black-market buyers. But what starts as a relatively straightforward mission quickly escalates into a race against the clock to neutralize an even deadlier weapon of mass destruction pursued by a pair of jihadist brothers, whose terrifying ambitions threaten global conflict. Along the way, S20 reunites with rogue Russian operative Katrina Zarkova to form a tenuous alliance that raises questions of friendship, loyalty and duty.
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On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/Warner Archive Collections released STRIKE BACK the Final 7th Season on DVD with all 10 action-packed episodes. When an Albanian crime family kidnaps a scientist responsible for the development of a top-secret bioweapon, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 -- Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata), Thomas "Mac" McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson), Manisha Chetri (Varada Sethu) and commanding officer Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber) -- are sent on a mission to secure the virus and take down its potential black-market buyers. But what starts as a relatively straightforward mission quickly escalates into a race against the clock to neutralize an even deadlier weapon of mass destruction pursued by a pair of jihadist brothers. A Must Own for STRIKE BACK Fans. Buy and binge now! Run Time: 483 minutes. The Complete Series Season s 1-7 is also released On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (Click the red "Buy DVDs" button on this page.)

Cast

Other Titles

  • Season 1 title in UK Chris Ryan's Strike Back
  • Season 1 title in US: Strike Back: Origins
  • Season 2 title in UK: Strike Back: Project Dawn
  • Season 3 title in UK: Strike Back: Vengeance
  • Season 4 title in UK: Strike Back: Shadow Warfare
  • Season 5 title in UK: Strike Back: Legacy
  • Season 6 title in UK: Strike Back: Retribution
  • Season 7 title in UK: Strike Back: Revolution

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left Bank Pictures