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'SAS: Who Dares Wins' Will Feature Female Contestants For First Time

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'SAS: Who Dares Wins' Will Feature Female Contestants For First Time

Do you enjoy watching a bunch of strangers punish themselves physically and mentally, all from the comfort of your sofa?

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Of course you do, that's what TV is for.

Well, good news - SAS: Who Dares Wins is returning to the gogglebox this weekend, and for the first time ever, you will be able to enjoy the suffering of both male and female contestants.

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The show will follow a mixed group of 25 contestants as they travel to the Andes Mountains in Chile and are put through their paces in a gruelling 11-day course.

Former soldier and TV hardman Ant Middleton will preside over their training as chief instructor, with fellow former soldier and TV hardman Jason Fox as his right-hand man.

The inclusion of women contestants is in keeping with a move by the Ministry Of Defence, which sees 2019 representing the first time recruitment into the SAS has been open to women.

'SAS: Who Dares Wins' will feature female contestants for the first time. Credit: Channel 4
'SAS: Who Dares Wins' will feature female contestants for the first time. Credit: Channel 4
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In the programme, all contestants will eat, sleep and wash together, with no allowances made for gender.

Chief instructor, Ant Middleton, said: "I don't really take gender into play. It's a case of 'come on my course, there's no gender, everyone's the same'.

"Everyone's just a number to me. They're not a name, just a number, and it doesn't matter if you're male or female, you need to prove yourself to me.

"You come on my course and enter my world, I don't care who you are or where you're from, you're a number until you prove yourself otherwise."

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Directing staffer Jason Fox agreed that everyone was treated as equals on the programme.

He said: "During filming, we didn't care about gender. Whether someone was male or female was irrelevant - it was about someone being able to do a job.

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"I thought introducing women into the series worked well. They are just another group of individuals. Some were strong and some weren't, exactly like the men.

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"I always knew some of the women would do well and some wouldn't. On the course, I didn't see them as male or female, I saw each of them as their own individual person."

The show airs at 9pm on Sunday on Channel 4 and will comprise of six one hour episodes, aired each Sunday thereafter.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Jake Massey
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