Ultimate Force

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  • TV-MA
  • 2002
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.5  (2,321)

Ultimate Force is an intense military drama that aired on ITV from 2002-2006. The show follows the lives of a group of soldiers in the fictional SAS (Special Air Service) unit, Red Troop, as they undertake missions around the world. The show is led by Ross Kemp as Sgt. Henno Garvie, a tough and experienced soldier who has seen it all. Henno serves as the anchor for the team, providing guidance and leadership when the going gets tough. Joining Henno in Red Troop is Jamie Draven as Corporal Chris Ryan, Tony Curran as Corporal Philip Locke and Alex Reid as Trooper Juliet Roberts. All the actors did an excellent job of portraying their respective characters with a level of authenticity that made the show so much more engaging.

As the series unfolds, we are introduced to the various members of Red Troop, each with their own distinct personalities and quirks. The team is tasked with battling terrorists, rescuing hostages and taking down high-value targets. The missions themselves are gripping and suspenseful, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

One of the things that set Ultimate Force apart from other military dramas was its dedication to realism. The show was known for its accurate portrayal of military life and the way in which soldiers operate in high-pressure situations. The writers consulted with former SAS soldiers to give the show a level of authenticity that other military dramas often lack. This commitment to reality meant that the show was able to build a loyal following among military personnel and civilians alike.

Another unique aspect of Ultimate Force was its exploration of the emotional toll that military service can take on soldiers. We see the characters struggle with PTSD and other mental health issues as they try to reconcile their experiences on the battlefield with their civilian lives. This acknowledgement of the mental health challenges facing military personnel helped to humanize the characters and make them more relatable to the audience.

Despite the serious subject matter, Ultimate Force also had its share of lighthearted moments. The camaraderie between the soldiers was a highlight of the show, and their banter and pranks provided some much-needed levity amidst the intense action scenes.

Overall, Ultimate Force was a well-written and well-acted military drama that was both entertaining and thought-provoking. The show tackled complex issues with a level of nuance that is rare in television dramas, and the commitment to realism helped to set it apart from its peers. Though it has been off the air for over a decade, it remains a classic of the military drama genre and is well worth revisiting for fans of the genre.

Ultimate Force is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 2002.

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5. Slow Bomb
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4. Violent Solutions
May 25, 2008
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The Dividing Line
3. The Dividing Line
May 18, 2008
The special forces from America work with Red Troop to try and find a suspected terrorist in Afghanistan's white mountains. Plans are forced to be changed though at the very last moment.
Charlie Bravo
2. Charlie Bravo
May 6, 2006
The team are sent to Colombia, where they are ordered to instruct a motley battalion of local soldiers for an attack on a cocaine factory. The training goes badly, and when the professionals realise their rookies have no chance of success, their only option is to carry out the raid themselves. On arrival at the plant, however, it's clear the workers are expecting an attack.
The Changing of the Guard
1. The Changing of the Guard
April 29, 2006
Red Troop are sent to a former Soviet state, where they are told to work with local forces to rescue an embassy worker's kidnapped daughters. Henno is forced to swallow his pride and submit to the orders of new captain Patrick Fleming - but starts to suspect some of the soldiers helping them in the mission are actually trying to sabotage the rescue attempt.
Where to Watch Ultimate Force
Ultimate Force is available for streaming on the ITV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ultimate Force on demand at Amazon Prime, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (2,321)