Ultimate Force

ITV (ended 2008)


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Ultimate Force is co-devised by Rob Heyland and former SAS soldier Chris Ryan. It follows the lives of a group of SAS soldiers known as Red Troop lead by Sergeant Henno Garvie as they put their lives at risk for their country.
Christopher Fox

Christopher Fox

Louis Hoffman

Alex Reid (I)

Alex Reid (I)

Captain Caroline Walshe

Miles Anderson

Miles Anderson

Colonel Aidan Dempsey

Heather Peace

Heather Peace

Becca Gallagher

Jamie Draven

Jamie Draven

Jamie Dow

Ross Kemp

Ross Kemp

Sergeant Henno Garvie

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  • Should have stopped after 2.

    Seasons 1 and 2 are pretty good and enjoyable, seasons 3 and 4 are abysmal.

    During 1 and 2 -the show wasn't 'realistic' per se but it was 'grounded'; with 3 and 4 came slow motion matrix gun play and long drawn out fire fights.

    In 3 and 4 they wrote their characters to exude 'convenient' ineptitude, stupidity and incompetence - like "intelligence" officers wondering off unarmed in hostile territory for no apparent reason or Stockholm syndrome that takes minutes to develop.

    Also why did they insist on showing us how bad ass red troop is by portraying irregular combatants like Al qaeda as some super bad asses themselves just so red troop could come in beat them like they are 'The chosen ones' or something?

    They sort of made police SWAT (SO15/19) and blue troop 'red shirts'.moreless
  • Great Show!

    I love it. Not perfect but kept me interested. Didn't like the inaccurate version of american SF they used. Not even the rank insignias were american. And I didn't like the way they made the Colombian Army look. But the action was good and I love the fact the troop wasn't untouchable and perfect.
  • I Love Ultimate Force!

    So what if the acting is a bit crap! it has everything you need in a show to keep your interest.. Action, Tension and some awful cheesy jokes!

    The show in my opinion from what is known of the SAS and what people are allowed to know is very accurate and portrays the work the SAS carry out.. Sure its cheesy and over dramatic sometimes, but if it wasn't then it wouldn't make a very good show would it!?

    I've heard there will be no season 5, although i wish there was, it could be seen as a good thing as i'm a firm believer in not lettin shows become stale from to many series, and from what i saw in a few episodes in series 4, this may well have been what would happen.

    So remember the good points of ultimate force and the reasons why you watched the show before you slate it.. remember we're not americans!moreless
  • The sad thing about Ultimate Force is that it started off not to bad but became a disaster fairly quickly.


    Ultimate Force a British action/drama which centers around a group of SAS commandos from red troop initially was a bad show, in fact it was unique. The idea and the presentation made the show one of the best of its genres and a trend setter for Military themed shows. I still think that this show had alot more character than The Unit does.

    Sadly the show turned into a one hell of a mess pretty quickly. I was noticing little things that where a probably and evidence of the shows various problems. The production values that the first series had where quite impressive and the second series had some of this to. However after the 'killing off' at the start of the 3rd series it was obvious that the show had lost it. Most of the characters who had made the show what it was left and the new ones well...they where simply awful. The acting (even though it wasn't stellar to begin with) really was terrible in every sense of the word and the outlandish plots and characters destroyed any credibility that it might still have had.

    Alot of the villains or enemies of the troop that where featured in the first and second series' where not to be seen in the last two of Ultimate Force. This also was a major factor as to why this show even started, but you can't build on a foundation of just sand can you?

    If you are still unsure go ahead and check the show out, fans of action will surely enjoy Ultimate Force.moreless
  • Entertaining,yet I'd only recommend it to action fans.

    Ultimate Force is about an SAS unit known as Red Troop,commanded by the hero-of-the-day,Henno.They travel across the world,kicking all sorts of bad guy butt.

    Ultimate Force is far from that military drama you might expect.It's just a dumb action show ,with the SAS shoehorned in.It glamourises what the SAS do,sometimes to a cringeworthy place.The show also has little story and some very poor acting.I certainly doubt that the British Specal Forces are aloud of macho,pretty people that don't seem to take their work seriously.The show also seems to go through every clishe in the book.Aswell as some unconvincing locations,Red Troop are supposed to be travelling to far off countries,such as Zimbabwe and Columbia,but it all looks very British.

    But despite it's many flaws,Ultimate Force is an entertaining show with cool action scenes.Some episodes are very enjoyable,others are just awful.moreless

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