Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Winsis back and welcomes14 new celebritiesinto the fold as they are tested to their limits.
The group this year includesLove IslandwinnerAmber Gill , soap actressMaisie SmithandEx on the BeachstarAshley Cainputting themselves through their paces on the Channel 4 show.
The group will leave behind their comfortable homes and glamorous lifestyles for the Jordanian desert in what has been described as one of the “harshest training environments on the planet”.
The southern desert of Wadi Rum was the key location for shooting the seventh series and has been described as having “dramatic rock formation of sandstone and granite and its wide-open sandy plain,” byJordan News.
This year’s location is a change to the usual environment of rural Scotland.
Channel 4 said the celebrities would be “put through a series of gruelling tasks and interrogations in the blistering heat of the Jordanian desert”.
The channel added: “The series was filmed in the protected desert area of Wadi Rum in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Jordan.
“Also known as the Valley of the Moon, it's a dramatic desert landscape of sandstone and granite and has been the backdrop for many epic feature films – from Lawrence of Arabia to The Martian & recently Dune.
“The base, known as the French Fort, was originally constructed as part of a set for a 1998 French TV production.”
Chief instructor Rudi Reyes said: “These recruits were fantastic, so fit and so strong, but they’d never been in complete zero humidity, or that kind of heat, or continuous sand.
“So they dehydrated quickly, and it sapped a lot of their strength. Those who survived the process learned to adapt.”
The series will also be the longest yet with seven 60-minute episodes. The original SAS: Who Dares Wins sees civilians put through military training exercises to test their physical and mental strength, and the celebrity spin-off launched in 2019.
Ahead of the show starting, recruitCalum Best revealed that he had a shock accident with Ferne McCann.
Callum said: "The DS told me, ‘If we didn’t save the cord, that thing was splitting and you were falling to your death’. Ferne started crying.
"In the moment you want to support your friend and say, ‘It’s OK,’ but in hindsight you look back and you go, ‘Jesus Christ, what the f***, if that had gone a little bit wrong for two more seconds I could have been falling backwards to my death’.
“It was like, ‘For f***’s sake, woman, please pull the cord and don’t kill me!’ Like, ‘Come on, I’m not killing you. You don’t kill me — please!’
“I think then seeing Ferne crying, I just thought, ‘It’s OK. I might have just nearly died, but you have done well learning from this experience’.”
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