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SAS Who Dares Wins: What It's Like To Join The Toughest TV Show

Forces Radio BFBS's Jo Thoenes spoke to recruit 11, Michael Maisey, to see what it's like to join one of the toughest shows on TV.

Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins is the most popular show for 16 - 34-year-olds with an estimated 3.2 million viewers per episode, making the current series the most successful ever, however, more goes on than we as viewers get to see on our screens.

Forces Radio BFBS broadcaster Jo Thoenes spoke to one of this year’s recruits, Michael Maisey AKA recruit 11, to see what it is like to join one of the toughest shows on TV. He said:

"What you see is a paper down version of how hard it really is." 

Contestants are running off two to three hours sleep and being pushed to their physical and mental extremes.

They have to tap into emotions that in Maisey’s case he had worked hard to banish. He said:

"I’ve done all this work to not be an angry man and now they want me to turn it on at the flick of a switch, and in all honesty I couldn’t really do it."

Having spent time in prison when he was a teenager Maisey went on a “path of self-discovery” and worked hard to be sober by age 25.

In 2014 he received an award from the Metropolitan Police for his voluntary work helping young men in prison.

He followed that success with a book deal. ‘The Boy With The Gun’ is due to be released in July this year.

Michael Maisey 12 years difference after getting sober.

"What better place to show that change is possible than in an environment that’s very hostile.” 

It’s no easy process joining SAS Who Dares Wins. Before you even meet the show’s producers you have to pass a physical test.

Then there are more physical tests, mental tests and psychological tests ready for the show to begin. Michael said:

“It was funny, I never actually got the call to say you’re 100% in, it was always well done for getting this far and then next thing I got the email saying meet us at Heathrow Airport because you’re flying out to Chile."

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