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Strike Back is a British/American action-adventure/spy-drama television series based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive branch of the British Defence Intelligence service (DI), who operate several high risk, priority missions throughout the globe. The series began broadcasting on Sky1 on 5 May 2010, showing the first six-part series. After a second series was commissioned, it was announced that Cinemax would co-produce the franchise. The first episode of the ten-part second series, under the banner title Project Dawn in the United Kingdom, first aired on Cinemax on 12 August 2011. The ten-part third series, under the title Strike Back: Vengeance, began airing on Cinemax on 17 August 2012. On 3 October 2012, Cinemax and Sky commissioned a fourth series, which was broadcast on Cinemax beginning 9 August 2013. A ten-episode, fifth series aired in 2015, with the last episode airing on 29 July, and that point, this was to be final series for the show. On 8 December 2016, Cinemax and Sky1 announced they would revive the show for a sixth series, which debuted on 31 October 2017 on Sky1 in the UK, and in the US on Cinemax in 2018. On 27 March 2018, Strike Back was renewed for a seventh series. No release date has yet been announced, but filming will commence in late 2018.
Ratings for Strike Back were relatively high for the original networks. The Sky1 premiere was viewed by almost 400,000 viewers (according to overnight figures), tripling the average audience share for the channel's time slot after three months. Project Dawn premiered to over 600,000. The Cinemax premiere saw the network's best ratings since 2005. The first five series have been or will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.