In August 2010, Sky confirmed that a second series of Strike Back had been commissioned, comprising 10 episodes, one hour per episode. Richard's subsequent casting in The Hobbit meant that his involvement in the second series of Strike Back would be limited, and the full extent of his appearance as John Porter in the series is still unknown.
In November 2010, Elaine Pyke stated that this series would introduce two main characters and that Richard would be involved 'in some way', and then in January 2011 we discovered that the series would be co-produced by HBO/Cinemax. All news updates are reported chronologically below.
The series will be shot between February and July 2011 on location in South Africa and Hungary, according to Left Bank Pictures.
Three new Strike Back promos overnight, one from HBO Canada which Bccmee has uploaded to youtube. There are lots of different clips from the series but the same glimpse of Richard Armitage that we've seen before:
The second video is from Cinemax and has clips of John Porter that we haven't seen yet. It's on Bccmee's blog with a transcript and closed captioning.
The Strike Back facebook page has uploaded the first 6 minutes of the series, but it's not available to view outside the US. The clips of John Porter are exactly the same as the second video mentioned above, followed by clips already seen before of Scott and Stonebridge.
Strike Back series 2 will return to Sky1 and Sky1 HD on Sunday 21 August at 10pm, as reported by the Sky Media site. It will be shown on Cinemax in the US and HBO Canada on Friday 12 August.
30 July 2011
Second UK trailer captured on Sky TV. Click picture to view or right-click to download.
09 July 2011
Entertainment Weekly has released a second Cinemax trailer for Strike Back (previously there has been a Cinemax trailer and a Sky trailer for the US and UK broadcasts respectively). Richard Armitage does not make an appearance in this trailer.
27 June 2011
A press release via this site suggests that Strike Back: Project Dawn will air in the US on Friday 12th August at 10.00pm (ET/PT) on Cinemax and also on HBO Canada on the same date. Sky have not confirmation a UK release date yet.
6 June 2011
A new Sky advert on ITV showing a brief clip of Richard in Strike Back: Project Dawn. To view the clip, click here or right-mouse-click the link (Ctrl-click on a Mac) to download.
Click these thumbnails to for large screencaps of this clip.
29 May 2011
According to the Skymedia site, Strike Back 2 will air in August 2011 on Sky1 and Sky1 HD. 10 x 1 hour shows as expected and Richard's name is prominent in this brief, although we still don't know how much he will appear in this second series.
25 May 2011
There is now a high definition version of the US Strike Back 2 trailer on the HBO site here.
18 May 2011
Sky have a much higher quality version of the UK Strike Back 2 trailer here.
16 May 2011
US Strike Back Trailer
The longer Strike Back trailer available on the Cinemax site has been close captioned by Bccmee and she's provided a transcript on her blog. The trailer shown before last night's Game of Thrones in the US was the same trailer as this longer one I'm told.
Cinemax have released the longer trailer on youtube, which is slightly better quality than the one posted previously:
Thanks to Anna for discovering this tweet, which appears to suggest that Strike Back 2 will air in August. However this is obviously not an official announcement and it's not clear if this refers to a US broadcast or a UK broadcast too.
11 May 2011
Music from Strike Back has been posted on the SoundCloud music sharing site by the TV & film composer Simon Ashdown. There are three tracks which appear to be for the second series - the title of each track begins with 'HBO', the company co-producing the second series. Thanks to RavenRoseBeetle for discovering this.
10 May 2011
A transcript and close captioning of the new Strike Back 2 trailer is now available on Bccmee's blog.
9 May 2011
Sky Atlantic showed a clip of Strike Back: Project Dawn this evening, the second series of Strike Back, with some brief glimpses of Richard Armitage. I recorded the clip but Sky have since made a youtube clip available which is better quality (see news 16 May above). Click the thumbnails below to see screencaps of Richard.
26 April 2011
The London Evening Standard printed an interview on 12 April with Karen David who says she has recently been filming "a guest episode of Strike Back with Richard Armitage", however it wasn't clear whether that meant her scenes were with Richard.
Clarification came in this interview on openchest.com that she filmed her scenes with Sullivan Stapleton, one of the new leads in the series. The Strike Back news is a long way down that interview, just above the picture of Karen wearing a large yellow belt.
13 March 2010
In an interview with BBC Waterloo Road star, Karen David, in The People dated 13 March, it appears that Strike Back filming took place "last week" i.e. early March.
21 Feb 2011
Filming for Strike Back series 2 is already underway in South Africa. This facebook page is for a stunt/athetic group who are working on the series.
10 Feb 2011
Sky have confirmed that Richard will appear in the second series of Strike Back:
The new lead in Sky's Strike Back has been announced as Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton on the Herald Sun's site.
The series will now be co-produced by the US production company HBO. As confirmed by head of Sky drama Elaine Pyke on 10 November below, it does seem that Richard will be in some episodes of Strike Back but not all. On 7 December, this was confirmed again by David Stephenson, TV Editor of the Sunday Express on twitter: "For Richard Armitage fans, Sky says actor is in "some" episodes of Strike Back 2, but not all." There has been no more confrmation as to whether this is still the case.
10 Nov 2010
Elaine Pyke, head of drama on Sky1 has confirmed that Strike Back will be back "bigger and better". When asked specifically about Richard she said that Richard will be in it in some way, but then the series will have two new leads who'll take the action to new heights. No other details available at this time.
02 Aug 2010
The Guardian reported that Stuart Murphy, controller of Sky1 has commissioned a new 10 part series of Strike Back. Dan Percival will write and direct the first two episodes and Andrew Benson will produce the series. Both worked on the first series. Read more on The Guardian's site.
Digital Spy are also reporting the news, and they state that the series is expected to air late in 2011.
28 July 2010
The Mirror is reporting on possible locations for series 2 according to ‘an insider’: Mirror site.