In this brand new series of SAS Who Dares Wins, 25 civilian recruits will be pushed to their limits in the extreme and unforgiving terrain of the Atlas Mountains in Southern Morocco. Over five thrilling episodes, the recruits will be thrown in at the deep end as they endure punishing tasks derived from actual Special Forces Selection.
This year, Chief Instructor Ant and his Directing Staff (DS) Foxy, Ollie and Billy are intensifying the course - adding twists and turns to the tasks in their quest to find men who are willing to drive their bodies and minds to the edge. This condensed version of SAS ‘Selection’ is the closest civilians can get to actual Special Forces training.
The DS and recruits will be based in a makeshift training camp inside a 150-year-old Kasbah in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The soaring temperatures, surrounding arid landscape, vast mountains, canyons, and deserts all trigger memories of the environments where the DS have fought during recent wars. For them, this is the terrain of modern warfare.
As the recruits progress through the course, they will discover harsh truths about themselves whilst revealing and facing their fears. As they are stretched to their limits, the underlying issues of masculinity and men’s mental health emerge as strong overarching themes. For many taking part, this will be a life-changing experience, but who amongst them has what it takes to make it through to the end?
In the final episode, the remaining recruits undergo the most psychologically demanding 24 hours: the resistance to interrogation phase, as they are abducted and intensively interrogated…
The recruits face a series of extreme, high-pressure tasks, including jumping from a moving helicopter into a lake and crawling across a vast canyon on a tightrope.
The recruits must abseil 200 feet off a dam and climb a mountain in blistering heat.
The recruits race each other across sand dunes in the Sahara and must cross a valley at night while avoiding hunter teams who are tracking them with dogs.
The recruits are captured and intensely interrogated in an extreme test of mental resilience, trust and moral judgement.
Eighteen recruits down, seven to go and it's the most demanding final phase the instructors have ever designed.