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STRIKE BACK
Air Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CINEMAX
Episode Title: "Origins #1"
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Episode #1

Debut date: FRIDAY, OCT. 25 (10:00-10:50 p.m. ET/PT)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 25 (11:00 p.m.), 26 (9:10 p.m., 12:15 a.m.), 27 (noon, 11:00 p.m.), 28 (noon, 11:45 p.m.), 29 (12:10 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 30 (8:00 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 p.m.)

British Special Forces attempt a risky rescue mission in Iraq on the eve of the 2003 invasion by allied forces. Led by SAS's John Porter (Richard Armitage) and joined by intelligence specialist Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln), the team looks to rescue an executive of a British arms manufacturer who is being held by fundamentalists. While the mission is a success, several team members are killed. Porter is held responsible for their deaths due to a snap judgment call he made during the rescue.

Porter's career does not recover from the controversial mission. Now, in 2010, his personal life is also in shambles, and he has a strained relationship with his ex-wife and daughter.

After seeing the news that journalist Katie Dartmouth (Orla Brady) was kidnapped in Iraq, Porter realizes there is a connection to his 2003 operation. He seeks to join the rescue mission being run by the British government counterterrorism unit Section 20, which is headed up by Collinson. Although Collinson and his team members Thompson (Jodhi May) and Prendiville (Shelley Conn) have doubts, he assigns Porter to the mission.

In Iraq, things quickly go awry and Porter goes rogue to find the journalist, linking pieces of his previous mission to the new one.

Written by Jed Mercurio; directed by Daniel Percival.

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STRIKE BACK (CINEMAX)
Returns in TBA 2015 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
8/12/11 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2014/2015 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
4 (10 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's fourth - and final - of 10 episodes) on 10/28/13
DESCRIPTION:
(from Cinemax's press release, September 2014) A star-studded cast heads season four of CINEMAX's hit action drama series STRIKE BACK, which recently resumed production in Europe. Stars Sullivan Stapleton ("300: The Rise of an Empire," "Gangster Squad") and Philip Winchester ("Crusoe," "Camelot," the upcoming "Undrafted") return as an unlikely pair of counterterrorism operatives, Scott and Stonebridge, and are joined by Robson Green ("Wire in the Blood," "Grantchester"), Michelle Lukes ("Doctors") and Milauna Jackson ("Blood Done Sign My Name," the upcoming "Bolden!") as their fellow Section 20 members. New cast members include award winner Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II"), Dustin Clare (the "Spartacus" series), Will Yun Lee ("The Wolverine," HBO's "True Blood"), James Wilby ("Gosford Park"), Adrian Paul (the "Highlander" series), Joseph Gatt (HBO's "Game of Thrones"; "Teen Wolf"; CINEMAX's "Banshee"), Christian Antidormi ("Spartacus: War of the Damned") and British mixed martial arts champion and UFC fighter Michael Bisping. The series recently resumed shooting in Europe and will continue through the fall, with additional production in Thailand. The production had been on hiatus to allow Stapleton to recuperate from a non-set injury sustained earlier this year. STRIKE BACK's fourth and final season of ten episodes will air on CINEMAX and UK partner Sky 1 in 2015.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Dougray Scott as James Leatherby
· Liam Garrigan as Liam Baxter
· Michelle Lukes as Julia Richmond
· Milauna Jackson as Kim Martinez
· Philip Winchester as Michael Stonebridge
· Rhona Mitra as Rachel Dalton
· Robson Green as Philip Locke
· Sullivan Stapleton as Damien Scott
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Amanda Mealing as Eleanor Grant
· Eva Birthistle as Kate Marshall
· Jimi Mistry as Major Ashkani
· Rhashan Stone as Oliver Sinclair
· Richard Armitage as John Porter
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andy Harries as EP
· Dan Percival as CO-EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Elaine Pyke as EP
· Frank Spotnitz as CRTR/CO-EP
· Michael Casey as PROD
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· British Sky Broadcasting Group
· Left Bank Pictures