TX: Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4 from 5 January 2019
6 x 1 hour episodes
Chief Instructor, Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy, Billy and Ollie, are returning to the spiritual homeland of the SAS – Scotland. The location for some of the Special Forces’ most challenging training and the birthplace of the founder of the SAS.
This series will see twenty-five men and women taken to a remote Scottish Island and put through what the DS believe is their toughest, most unforgiving selection course yet.
Scotland’s rugged coastline, volatile weather and harsh landscapes are the perfect crucible to help create the ultimate soldier and where the world’s most admired – and feared – elite military operatives train.
For the DS, it’s a homecoming to where their Special Forces skills were honed. They will bring their experiences and expertise to a new clutch of nervous recruits. AND they will be joined by a new member of the Directing Staff team.
Thirty-six-year-old Jay Morton, spent ten years in the SAS, leaving active duty just over a year ago. The DS will place Jay undercover for the first six days of the course, acting as their eyes and ears on the inside. Then, at the midpoint of the course, he shocks fellow recruits by swapping over to the other side, joining the DS as the fifth member of the team.
In another new element for the series, along with facing tough physical tasks on land, the recruits will have the added challenge of operating on the oceans around the highlands of Scotland.
The DS and recruits will be based in a disused steading on the remote island of Raasay located on the West Coast of Scotland. Returning to the roots of the Special Forces we will see the DS strip this Selection right back, making it rawer and tougher than ever. The recruits will be confronted with harsher conditions, stricter food rationing and their characters and survival instincts will be tested to the limit.
As the recruits progress through the course, they’ll be forced to confront surprising truths about themselves to discover their real character. Will they have what it takes to make it through this unique version of SAS selection?
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