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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 Summer 2015 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
8/12/11 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2015/2016 (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, January 2015) STRIKE BACK returns for its fourth and final season this summer. In the new episodes, Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), along with the rest of Section 20, are enlisted to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. This elite undercover unit of British intelligence quickly realizes that what seems on the surface to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step in a massive terrorist plot with global implications. Scott, Stonebridge and the team crisscross Asia and Europe, battling Japanese Yakuza, Russian Mafia, cyberterrorists, elite mercenaries and other deadly forces. Series regulars Robson Green, Michelle Lukes and Milauna Jackson also return for the season; new cast members include Michelle Yeoh, Will Yun Lee, Dustin Clare, Max Beesley and Michael McElhatton. A CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producers, Andy Harries for Left Bank and Cameron Roach for Sky; series producers, Michael Casey and Sharon Hughff; co-executive producer, Michael J. Bassett.
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