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Series 1 Episode 1

Ant Middleton and other ex-Special Forces soldiers recreate the SAS's secret selection process and put recruits through it, in the ultimate test of their physical and psychological resilience

The recruits' first task is an unexpected one: writing an essay about themselves. Then they face an eight-mile combat fitness test while their essays are dissected for an insight into their character.

Ex-Special Forces soldiers put 30 men through the ultimate test of psychological resilience and character, in order to answer the all-important question: 'would I want this man beside me in a crisis?'