A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the toll war can have on people, and how it can compel them to take risks that they wouldn't ordinarily take. Loyalty, patriotism, friendship, and other themes are present.
Positive Role Models
The SAS soldiers are brave and want to do something for their country and fellow soldiers. Captain Stirling is consistently insubordinate, and the soldiers he recruits are also willing to rebel against their superiors if it means going into battle and winning the war. Some of the British military leadership are portrayed as incompetent.
British soldiers are largely White, but there are colonial military personnel and others who are African and Middle Eastern. A female French spy is featured.
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Violence & Scariness
There's lots of violence, including people being beaten, shot at close range, and stabbed to death. People cry out in pain or beg for mercy, and bloody, gory wounds are visible. A suicide is shown. Dead bodies are also visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's strong sexuality, ranging from crude references like "c--t" to occasional simulated sex acts being performed.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" to stronger curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently uttered.
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Products & Purchases
It's based on the book SAS: Rogue Heroes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's lots of drinking (mostly hard liquor) and drunken behavior. As was common for the times, cast members are constantly smoking cigarettes and pipes. One cast member inhales anesthetic gas to relax.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rogue Heroes is a British miniseries about the founding of the British Special Air Service during World War II. There's lots of gory violence, including a bloody death by suicide, strong sexual content (including simulated sexual activity) and cursing. Cigarette and pipe smoking is constant, and drinking and drunken behavior is frequent.
Is It Any Good?
This well-written and well-paced series tells a story that stays true to historical facts with a contemporary edge. Most of the story world focuses on the way SAS founder Captain Stirling and his group go about formulating and executing clandestine missions intended to help win the war. But thanks to the robust characters, most of whom are based on real people, some interesting secondary stories are also told.
Granted, many of the military operations seem a bit improbable, but they help highlight the immense risks these early SAS members were willing to take, the motivation being as much war-induced madness as it was patriotism. Nonetheless, Rogue Heroes stays away from exploring the evils of war, and instead offers an entertaining interpretation of the beginnings of one of the British Army's most important special forces units.
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