TX: Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4 from 9 May 2021
6 x 1 hour episodes
In the midst of these uncertain times, twenty-one men and women leave the comfort of their homes and head into the wilds of Scotland, to be put through what the DS (Directing Staff) believe to be their toughest, most unforgiving selection course in the six-year history of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
If the new group of recruits want to make it through each phase, they need to prove to the DS that they have the strength, resilience and endurance to pass this year’s selection course. The DS will push the recruits to their limits and beyond, with the introduction of some extreme tasks, never before experienced on any SAS: Who Dares Wins selection course. Training the recruits to recognise how to respond to chemical warfare attacks, the DS will be exposing them to a CS gas attack but how will they respond? The group will also be expected to abseil 130ft off an oil rig into near freezing water and will be forced to harness their aggression against the ‘Redman’. Plus, they will find themselves operating against night-vision equipment as they tackle a task in the pitch-black.
The tasks are not the only new additions to this sixth series. Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his team of Directing Staff, Foxy and Billy, are joined this year by a new DS, Melvyn Downes. The 56 year old, ex-SAS operative spent 24 years serving in the British Military, including 11 years in the SAS.
Melvyn isn’t the only new face on this year’s Directing Staff team. The DS will place a former member of the Special Forces undercover for the first six days of the course, acting as their eyes and ears on the inside. At the midpoint of the course, he will shock fellow recruits by swapping over to the other side, joining them as the fifth member of the team.
For the DS, The Highlands is a place where their Special Forces skills were honed. But for the nervous recruits, the remote Scottish island of Raasay will be a terrain that pushes them to their limits.
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 or will they fall at the first hurdle?