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Left Bank’s hit action series STRIKE BACK will return to Sky1 HD and Cinemax in 2012 for a third season of ten new episodes, which will begin shooting in South Africa in early 2012 and air later in the year.

The third series will once again be a co-production between Sky and CINEMAX/HBO and will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. The series was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah and will be Executive Produced for Sky by Huw Kennair-Jones. Left Bank’s Andy Harries will return as Executive Producer, along with Series Producer Michael Casey and Head of Production Marigo Kehoe.

Two directors from the current series will return to the floor: Bill Eagles (director of episodes 3 and 4 & Beautiful Creatures) will direct four new episodes, Paul Wilmshurst (director of episodes 7 and 8 & Hiroshima) will direct 2 episodes and Tony Saint (writer of episodes 9 and 10, and Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley) will write a number of episodes and co-executive produce.

About the commission, Anne Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, said:
“STRIKE BACK has proved to be an incredibly successful brand for Sky1 HD, and our collaboration with HBO/Cinemax made the scale and ambition of the second season even more exciting. The third season is shaping up to be even stronger. We want it to be the most high-octane, action packed drama on British Television.”

Andy Harries, Executive Producer, Left Bank Pictures comments:
“We couldn’t be more excited to be sending our STRIKE BACK operatives back out into the field for round three. The co-production with Sky and HBO/Cinemax has brought an outstanding scale to STRIKE BACK which is rarely attempted on British television. It’s an honour to be partnering with them again for the third series.”

STRIKE BACK’s second season recently transmitted on Sky1 HD and Cinemax, wrapping with the season finale on Sunday October 23.

Series two of STRIKE BACK was the first ever co-production between Sky and HBO/Cinemax. Last year the two pay TV broadcasters also agreed an output deal that saw Sky Atlantic become the exclusive home of HBO programmes in the UK and Ireland.

Due to plot spoilers for upcoming episodes, season three cast will be announced at a later date.