For the first time in four seasons, SAS: Who Dares Wins will include both men and women.
The Channel 4 series first launched in 2015 and has been a male exclusive TV show ever since.
In SAS: Who Dares Wins 2019, however, there will be 12 women among the 25 original candidates.
Here’s everything you need to know about the sudden change of format that seemed unlikely just a few months ago.
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SAS: Who Dares Wins 2018: Women Will Never Participate?
Rewind back to February 2018 and it seemed incomprehensible that SAS: Who Dares Wins would be welcoming female contestants into their ranks.
When asked if Who Dares Wins would do an all-female line-up in 2018, chief instructor and presenter of the series Ant Middleton said to The Express:
No, we’re not. There’s no women in the SAS so why would we bring some in? We’re staying true to the process and the organisation.
The TV series aims to replicate the gruelling selection process that many people try and fail at when attempting to join the SAS.
And perhaps Ant had a point, with the British army receiving 7,560 female applicants compared to 76,000 from males in 2017.
However, Who Dares Wins is just a TV show, and there were plenty of groans with how stubborn Ant sounded when it came to the idea of female participation.
SAS: Who Dares Wins 2019: Everything Changes!
For the first time in history, the British Ministry of Defence has changed their selection criteria for the SAS, allowing women to apply in 2019.
All close combat units in the British military are now open to women.
As reported by The Guardian, the current selection process is six months long and the pass rate can be as low as 8% each year.
To reflect the military changes, SAS: Who Dares Wins welcomed both male and female recruits for this year’s show and will pit them against one other with no rules changes based on gender.
SAS: Who Dares Wins 2019: Start Date
SAS: Who Dares Wins 2019 will launch this Sunday (January 6th).
Season 4 will kick start on Channel 4 at 9 pm and continue to air every Sunday.
If the series follows the same procedure then it will air for five consecutive episodes.
WATCH SAS: WHO DARES WINS EVERY SUNDAY ON CHANNEL 4.