Ter­ror team’s new world war

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GThe driv­ing force of the show is a British mil­i­tary unit known as Sec­tion 20, which pulls out all the stops to cap­ture Pak­istani ter­ror­ist Latif.

Un­like 24, where ter­ror­ist plots were pri­mar­ily foiled on US soil, Strike Back fol­lows the scent to In­dia, Chech­nya, Prague and Lon­don – all film­ing was done in South Africa and Bu­dapest – with a pair of brawny dare­dev­ils at the cen­tre of the ac­tion.

‘‘We go to those coun­tries where the trou­ble comes from. This is what global war is to­day,’’ says di­rec­tor Dan Per­ci­val, who moves to drama from doc­u­men­taries in­clud­ing Dirty War.

Based on the novel by Chris Ryan, Strike Back was first a British se­ries that caught the eye of US net­work HBO. They asked Per­ci­val for a re­make that re­flected ‘‘the real world as it is now’’, he says.

Re­search with mem­bers of the in­tel­li­gence community in Bri­tain and the US con­vinced Per­ci­val that ‘‘the in­sta­bil­ity of Pak­istan is the most crit­i­cal and volatile is­sue in the world’’.

The re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion was fright­en­ing enough, but Strike Back still LOBAL ter­ror­ism in the era of the bin Laden raid is the back­drop for the new US se­ries Strike Back.

stars Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton and Philip Winch­ester. needed heroes and vil­lains. Aus­tralian Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton and Amer­i­can Philip Winch­ester were cho­sen for the bat­tle.

Sta­ple­ton, most re­cently seen here in Un­der­belly In­fil­tra­tion, plays Damien Scott, an ex-Delta Force op­er­a­tive with ter­ror­ist ex­per­tise. Winch­ester is Sergeant Michael Stone­bridge, a Sec­tion 20 lifer.

They are op­po­site sides of the same coin. The rugged Scott is a brash wom­an­iser who does some of his best work with­out ben­e­fit of his trousers; the square­jawed and aptly named Stone­bridge does ev­ery­thing by the book while fully dressed.

Both un­der­went rig­or­ous mil­i­tary-grade phys­i­cal train­ing.Winch­ester had to in­gest a 4000 calo­rie-a-day diet to bal­ance the work­out reg­i­men, kick­ing off with a six-egg omelette for break­fast.

Sun­days, 8.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

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