SAS: Who Dares Wins

SAS: Who Dares Wins is a reality quasi-military training television programme produced by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.[1] There have been five main series since 2015.[1] The Chief-instructor of the TV-show was Ant Middleton who is an ex-United Kingdom Special Forces soldier. He was dismissed from the show by Channel 4 in 2021 following 'poor conduct'.[2] The TV show pits contestants against harsh environments all around the world in a two-week long training course that is designed to replicate Special Air Service selection; a notoriously difficult programme that has been known to claim the lives of those who take it on.[3] The show's directing staff take the recruits through hostile and unforgiving warfare environments, while testing their mental and physical ability through a series of tests.[3]

SAS: Who Dares Wins
GenreDocumentary
StarringAnt Middleton (2015–2020)
Jason Fox
Matthew Ollerton (2015–2020)
Mark Billingham (2016–)
Jay Morton (2020)
Colin Maclachlan (2015)
Narrated byShaun Dooley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series7
No. of episodes37
Production
ProducersPhil Turner
Freddie Foss-Smith
Running time60 minutes
Production companyMinnow Films
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original releaseCivilian series:
19 October 2015 (2015-10-19) – present
Celebrity series: 7 April 2019 (2019-04-07) – present

The fourth series which aired in early 2019 allowed female recruits to take part for the first time, in line with the Ministry of Defence's announcement that Special Forces selection would be open to women.[4] In April 2019, a special series in which all of the contestants were celebrities was aired as Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.[2] Among the celebrity contestants were Victoria Pendleton,[5] Ben Foden and Heather Fisher, AJ Odudu, Jeff Brazier, Wayne Bridge, Sam Thompson (Made in Chelsea), Andrea McLean, Jeremy Irvine, Dev (DJ), Louise Mensch and Camilla Thurlow (Love Island).[6] The fifth series proper aired in January and February, 2020.[7]

A second celebrity series began airing on Monday 20 April 2020.[8] Among the celebrity contestants were: Katie Price, Joey Essex, Anthea Turner, Helen Skelton, Brendan Cole, John Fashanu, Nikki Sanderson, Jack Maynard (YouTube star), Lauren Steadman, Locksmith (DJ of Rudimental), Tony Bellew and Yasmin Evans (DJ).

CastEdit

UK versionEdit

Name Postion Civilian Celebrity
1 (2015) 2 (2016) 3 (2018) 4 (2019) 5 (2020) 6 (2021)[9] 1 (2019) 2 (2020)
Ant Middleton Chief Instructor Main Main
Jason Fox Directing Staff Main Main
Matthew Ollerton Directing Staff Main Main
Mark Billingham Directing Staff Main Main
Colin Machlaclan Directing Staff Main
Jay Morton Directing Staff Guest Main
Melvyn Directing Staff Main

Australian versionEdit

Name Postion Series
1 (2020) 2 (2021)
Ant Middleton Chief Instructor Main TBA
Jason Fox Directing Staff Main TBA
Matthew Ollerton Directing Staff Main TBA
Mark Billingham Directing Staff Main TBA

UK versionEdit

Civilian seriesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1519 October 2015 (2015-10-19)16 November 2015 (2015-11-16)
2517 October 2016 (2016-10-17)14 November 2016 (2016-11-14)
357 January 2018 (2018-01-07)4 February 2018 (2018-02-04)
466 January 2019 (2019-01-06)10 February 2019 (2019-02-10)
565 January 2020 (2020-01-05)9 February 2020 (2020-02-09)
6TBA9 May 2021 (2021-05-09)TBA
Series 5 cast Recruit Episode Left Episode Story
Oliver Jones 16 3 [1]


Civilian winnersEdit

Series Winners
1 Freddie Iron and Ryan Roddy[10]
2 Moses Adeyemi[10][11]
3 Jonathan Davis and Matt Sallis[10]
4 Louise McCullough, Mark Peart, and Milo Mackin[10]
5 James Priestley and Chris O[10][12][13]
6

Celebrity seriesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
157 April 2019 (2019-04-07)5 May 2019 (2019-05-05)
2620 April 2020 (2020-04-20)25 May 2020 (2020-05-25)

Celebrity series 1 (2019)Edit

Recruit Celebrity Known for Episode left Status
1 Louise Mensch Politician & blogger 1 Voluntarily Withdrawn
2 Dev BBC Radio 1 DJ 4 Voluntarily Withdrawn
3 Jeff Brazier Television presenter 5 Eliminated
4 Andrea McLean Loose Women panellist 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
5 Victoria Pendleton Former track cyclist 5 Eliminated
6 Jeremy Irvine Actor 5 Voluntarily Withdrawn
7 Camilla Thurlow Love Island star 4 Voluntarily Withdrawn
8 Wayne Bridge Retired footballer 5 Passed
9 Ben Foden Rugby union player 5 Voluntarily Withdrawn
10 Heather Fisher Rugby union player 5 Eliminated
11 AJ Odudu Television presenter 5 Eliminated
12 Sam Thompson Made in Chelsea star 5 Voluntarily Withdrawn

Celebrity series 2 (2020)Edit

Recruit Celebrity Known for Episode left Status
1 Joey Essex Former The Only Way Is Essex star 6 Voluntarily Withdrawn
2 Brendan Cole Former Strictly Come Dancing professional 5 Eliminated
3 Katie Price Media personality 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
4 John Fashanu Former footballer 3 Voluntarily Withdrawn
5 Anthea Turner Television presenter 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
6 Locksmith DJ of Rudimental 6 Passed
7 Lauren Steadman Paralympic athlete 6 Passed
8 Nikki Sanderson Actress 6 Eliminated
9 Jack Maynard YouTube personality 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
10 Helen Skelton Television presenter 6 Eliminated
11 Tony Bellew Retired professional boxer 6 Eliminated
12 Yasmin Evans BBC Radio 1 DJ 4 Eliminated

Australian versionEdit

An Australian version of the show is currently being produced for Seven Network. The series features Ant Middleton as the chief instructor. Production began in March 2020 on location in Queenstown, New Zealand, however production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

They recommenced filming on a property on the outskirts of Berridale in the Snowy Mountains of NSW Australia at GPS Coordinates 36°28′44″S 149°0′37″E / 36.47889°S 149.01028°E / -36.47889; 149.01028. Production crew stayed locally in Jindabyne while filming.

Upon release of the first series, the shows name was changed from the British version to simply “SAS Australia”.

Olympian Jana Pitman was originally reported to be a contestant in the March 2020 production, but with her pregnancy in the intervening months, was reportedly replaced by former The Biggest Loser Australia trainer Shannan Ponton.[14]

Series OverviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
11219 October 2020 (2020-10-19)24 November 2020 (2020-11-24)Seven Network
2TBC2021 (2021)TBA
3TBCTBA (TBA)TBA

Season 1 (2020)Edit

Recruit Celebrity Known for Episode left Status
1 Roxy Jacenko Businesswoman & socialite 1 Voluntarily Withdrawn
2 Candice Warner Retired Ironwoman 10 Eliminated
3 Jackson Warne Poker player & son of Shane Warne 8 Voluntarily Withdrawn
4 Arabella Del Busso Con Woman to Josh Reynolds 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
5 Molly Taylor Rally car driver 12 Voluntarily Withdrawn
6 Nick Cummins Former rugby player and former Bachelor 12 Passed
7 Erin McNaught Miss Universe Australia 2006 11 Voluntarily Withdrawn
8 Shannan Ponton Fitness professional 11 Voluntarily Withdrawn
9 Schapelle Corby Former convicted drug trafficker 2 Voluntarily Withdrawn
10 Merrick Watts Comedian & former radio host 12 Passed
11 Firass Dirani Actor 10 Eliminated
12 James Magnussen Retired swimmer 12 Eliminated
13 Shayna Jack Suspended swimmer 5 Voluntarily Withdrawn
14 Sabrina Frederick AFLW player 12 Passed
15 Mitchell Johnson Retired cricketer 4 Voluntarily Withdrawn
16 Ali Oetjen The Bachelorette Australia bachelorette 6 Voluntarily Withdrawn
17 Eden Dally Love Island Australia star 5 Voluntarily Withdrawn

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Timeslot Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Character 19 October 2020 Monday 7:30 pm 834,000 5 118,000 4 952,000 [19][20]
2 Fear 20 October 2020 Tuesday 7:30 pm 795,000 5 100,000 5 895,000 [21][22]
3 Mindset 26 October 2020 Monday 7:30pm 770,000 8 109,000 8 879,000 [23][24]
4 Teamwork 27 October 2020 Tuesday 7:30pm 676,000 8 106,000 7 782,000 [25][26]
5 Resilience 2 November 2020 Monday 7:30pm 671,000 8 126,000 7 797,000 [27][28]
6 Focus 3 November 2020 Tuesday 7:30pm 654,000 11 107,000 10 761,000 [29][30]
7 Pressure 9 November 2020 Monday 7:30pm 584,000 14 118,000 14 702,000 [31][32]
8 Strength 10 November 2020 Tuesday 7:30pm 502,000 9 121,000 8 703,000 [33][34]
9 Trust 16 November 2020 Monday 7:30 pm 676,000 6 105,000 5 781,000 [35][36]
10 Determination 17 November 2020 Tuesday 7:30 pm 668,000 7 109,000 6 777,000 [37][38]
11 Survival 23 November 2020 Monday 7:30 pm 728,000 5 90,000 5 818,000 [39][40]
12 Courage 24 November 2020 Tuesday 7:30 pm 737,000 5 93,000 4 830,000 [41][42]

Season 2 (2021)Edit

In October 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.[43]

  • Full list of confirmed celebrities:[44][45]
Recruit Celebrity Known for Episode left Status
TBA Sam Burgess NRL star TBA
TBA Mark Philippoussis Tennis Legend TBA
TBA Jana Pittman Dual Olympian TBA
TBA Manu Feildel Celebrity Chef TBA
TBA Koby Abberton Bra Boy TBA
TBA Brynne Edelsten Socialite TBA
TBA Pete Murray Singer-Songwriter TBA
TBA Dan Ewing Actor TBA
TBA Alicia Molik Tennis Champion TBA
TBA Bonnie Anderson Singer/Actor TBA
TBA Emma Husar Former Politician TBA
TBA Erin Holland TV Presenter TBA
TBA Heath Shaw AFL Star TBA
TBA Isabelle Cornish Actor TBA
TBA Jessica Peris Sprinter TBA
TBA Jett Kenny Ironman TBA
TBA John Steffensen Olympic Runner TBA
TBA Kerri Pottharst Beach Volleyball Olympian TBA

Season 3 (TBA)Edit

In March 2021, Seven commissioned a third season, however it will feature non-celebrity constestants.[46]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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