The first teaser trailer for SAS: Rogue Heroes, the new series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, has been unveiled by the BBC. The series - which stars Algerian actress Sofia Boutella along with Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, Skins star Jack O'Connell, The Wire's Dominic West, Dunkirk's Tom Glynn-Carney and Line of Duty actor Jason Watkins - will delve into how the Special Forces unit, the SAS, was created during the Second World War in the deserts of Egypt.
The trailer heads to Cairo, Egypt, in 1941, and introduces the "band of oddities, gentlemen and pirates" that make up the new SAS team as they travel across the desert in a adapted Land Rovers.
SAS: Rogue Heroes details how eccentric young officer David Stirling (Sex Education's Connor Swindells), who is bored after being hospitalised due to a training accident, develops plans to set up the special unit.
The official synopsis reads: "Convinced that traditional commando units don't work, he creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create mayhem behind enemy lines. More rebels than soldiers, Stirling's team are every bit as complicated, flawed and reckless as they are astonishingly brave and heroic."
Steven Knight, who created and wrote the series, said: "It has been a privilege to work on a project which tells the story of a renegade band of soldiers who used wit and imagination as much as firepower to halt the march of Fascism across North Africa during the darkest days of World War Two. The series is directed by Tom Shankland, who made BBC series The Serpent.