The SAS founders knew all about the power of myth-making, as historian Ben Macintyre tells us in this issue of Radio Times Review. So did Steven Knight, who created his own mythos when he crafted the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

Now Knight had directed a new drama, SAS Rogue Heroes, based on Macintyre’s book of the same name, which tells the story of the birth of Britain’s secret military regiment. A bunch of misfits and eccentrics, the men who founded the SAS knew they were looking for the atypical when they brought in recruits.

But they also knew they were looking for the exceptional: men who thought, fought and behaved differently from the military mainstream.

Macintyre wrote his book after gaining access to the SAS archives. In Knight’s hands, fact blends with fiction, as you’d expect from a drama. But at its heart, there is a real story to tell.

Also in this week’s Radio Times:

  • Cracker writer Paul Abbott remembers Robbie Coltrane, his principles, his drinking, his humor and why he masked Tina Brown at a party.
  • Writer Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts + Crosses, after learning she wouldn’t live past 30, growing up in poverty, facing discrimination, appearing in Stormzy music videos and challenging for the Met d eradicate institutional racism.
  • Bob Geldof says he would join Extinction Rebellion if he was younger, do they know it’s Christmas? drives him crazy and he resents the time Live Aid takes, but he is still committed to the promises he made, while dismissing criticism of being a white savior.

SAS Rogue Heroes begins at 9pm on Sunday 30 October on BBC One, with all episodes available on BBC iPlayer thereafter. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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