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Strike Back

Strike Back

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 final season (called Season 5 in the UK and 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 Season 6 of STRIKE BACK -- 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.
On Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, Cinemax premieres the season finale of STRIKE BACK: RETRIBUTION, with Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) returning in the season ender. Section 20 heads to a remote island to retrieve a top-secret file coveted by both Ives and the Russians. One month earlier -- on March 27 -- Cinemax announced STRIKE BACK has been renewed for another season.


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

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left Bank Pictures