Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week: Series 2
In the second series, 22 of Britain’s toughest civilians face a fortnight of hell. Living in an isolated military camp deep in the heart of South Africa, every one of the 22 men and women will be pushed to their breaking point under the direction of six former veterans of some of the toughest Special Forces units in the world.
Part 1: Recess South Africa
In the first episode, 22 recruits are flown out to South Africa, and are put through their paces by a former colonel in the country’s Special Forces Brigade. They must haul concrete blocks in blazing heat and face a training exercise known as the Octopus that puts their ability to work as a team to the test.
Part 2: GROMS Poland
The contestants undergo training by a Polish military officer for the second stage of the challenge. The process begins with a simple fitness test, followed by an exercise in the mountains that forces the recruits to go without sleep for 36 hours. They are also told to perform origami, to demonstrate their ability to focus their minds while under pressure.
Part 3: Green Berets USA
The remaining contestants undergo 48 hours of training by a former master sergeant of the US Army’s Green Berets. The unit’s motto is Leave No Man Behind, and the gruelling challenges they face force the recruits to live up to this code by punishing everyone for the failure of any individual member of the group.
Part 4: ROK UDT South Korea
Reggie Yates brings the contestants to South Korea to train under an officer from the country’s Underwater Demolition Team. The recruits face a series of gruelling challenges, including dragging truck tyres up hills, carrying boats on their heads and facing the unusual exercise known as the Thinking Man Position.
Part 5: GIGN France
The remaining recruits arrive in France following the previous episode’s shocking results, and are placed under the command of two former members of an elite police tactical unit. While the previous stages have presented the contestants with physical challenges, this section places them under psychological pressure and assesses their grasp of strategy.
Part 6: SASR Australia
The seven remaining contestants arrive in Australia for the final challenge, where they undergo training with the Special Air Service Regiment – but must first undergo a gruelling exercise to see if they are physically prepared for what is to come. Those that make it through this stage face tactical interrogation and an endurance race wearing weighted rucksacks.