Richard Armitage is to return to Sky1 as former SAS operative John
Porter in a second series of Strike Back.

Stuart Murphy, the Sky1 controller, has ordered a second 10-part series
of the drama following this year’s first run.

Armitage stars as Porter, a former special forces soldier now working
for British intelligence. Strike Back was adapted from the novel by
Chris Ryan.

The new series is being made by independent producer Left Bank Pictures.

Andy Harries, the Left Bank founder and chief executive, said: “Sky are
leading the market with confidence. This is the kind of commission that
gives Left Bank Pictures the opportunity to push boundaries and take the
series into the international marketplace. Elaine Pyke [Sky1 head of
drama] and Stuart Murphy recognise that British drama is a huge asset
and their belief and commitment in UK production companies is to be

Dan Percival will write and direct the first two episodes and Andrew
Benson will produce the series. Both worked on series one.