The BEST Episodes of SAS: Who Dares Wins
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Network: Channel 4
Selection for the SAS is one of the world's toughest job interviews and physical fitness is only the starting point. What's really being tested is psychological resilience and character as candidates undergo sleep deprivation, interrogation and a series of increasingly complex mind games. In this programme, five ex-special forces soldiers re-create tasks from the SAS's secret selection process, putting 30 civilian men through the ultimate test of their physical and - more importantly - their psychological resilience.
#1 - Interrogation
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 2016
In the final episode, the remaining recruits undergo the most psychologically demanding 24 hours of the course: the resistance to interrogation phase, as they are abducted and intensely interrogated.
#2 - Interrogation
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 16, 2015
The remaining recruits each face the final, notoriously gruelling stage of selection alone: 24 hours of intense interrogation without losing composure or revealing details of their mission. Between interrogations, they are locked in a cell and hooded in stress positions and are subjected to repetitive music at random intervals to maintain a state of severe fatigue. Less than 10 per cent of candidates make it through this process in the real world. Will any of the civilians make it to the end and prove they have the characteristics needed to succeed in the special forces?
#3 - Mavericks
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 2016
The recruits face a terrifying bridge leap before they can find their base. The jungle environment, altitude and insects take their toll, and the DS give special attention to two volatile individuals.
#4 - Brotherhood
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2018
The recruits are divided into two teams for a series of challenges designed to test both their ability to bond as a group and their drive to compete against each other. They must undertake a time trial run across the Sahara Desert, transport equipment across treacherous sand dunes, and cross a remote river valley at night while being tracked by guards with dogs.
#5 - Exposure
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2020
Led by Ant Middleton, 25 men and women - including an ex-SAS operator working as a mole - face the latest intense course, beginning with a swim to a remote Scottish island.
#6 - Aggression
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 2016
Chief Instructor Ant and his elite team test whether the remaining recruits can control their aggression, with a brutal game of murderball and the fearsome non-stop 'sickener' exercises.
#7 - Weakness
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018
The remaining recruits are put through rounds of gruelling training by special forces instructors in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. They must abseil more than 200 feet from the top of the El Mansour Dam, and undertake a gruelling mountain climb in high temperatures while each carrying 40 pounds on their back. They are also forced to accept their own personal weaknesses and find ways to turn them to their advantage, as the instructors will be looking for those who are able to find strength in adversity.
#8 - Trust
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2016
The remaining recruits' trustworthiness is tested, as the directing staff sow distrust among them and ask them to identify their least trustworthy teammates, before a forward abseil trust exercise.
#9 - Control
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 2016
The directing staff apply pressure to the last eight recruits, exposing hidden personality traits before sending them into a gruelling 12-hour jungle mission high in the Andes.
#10 - Survival
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2018
The SAS training challenge reaches its final stage, with only seven of the 25 recruits still standing. Those who have made it this far face the most gruelling test of their physical and mental resilience so far, with the instructors pitting them against each other until only one remains.
#11 - Pressure
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2018
Reality show in which people are put through SAS recruitment tests to see whether they can match up to the pressures the elite regiment faces. This time, the show comes from Morocco's Atlas Mountains, and chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his Directing Staff have comes up with an intensified course for the 25 volunteers.
#12 - Fear
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 2, 2015
Chief instructor Ant and his team play mind games on the 12 remaining recruits to see if they have the mental strength to keep going, or if anyone will voluntarily withdraw from the process. They speak to each recruit individually, giving them negative feedback on their performance so far and questioning whether they have what it takes to make it to the end. Those who can keep their resolve face one of the most intimidating tasks on Special Forces selection, diving backwards off a cliff into the freezing sea 12 metres below.
#13 - Reckoning
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2020
The last six recruits face deep interrogation and a day of sickeners, including `drownproofing' - simulated drowning. Only the physically and mentally elite will make it through.
#14 - Interrogation
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 10, 2019
The four men and four women who have made it to the final stage face their most gruelling challenge yet - a test of their ability to resist interrogation. They are subjected to stress positions, white noise, and relentless grilling, and must prove they have the mental and physical resilience to be worthy of SAS selection. Last in the series.
#15 - Equals
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 6, 2019
25 man and women are sent to the spectacular and punishing Andes mountains in central Chile to see if they have what it takes to make it in the SAS?
#16 - Pressure
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 3, 2019
Four men and five women remain in the competition, but the training staff are determined to throw everything at them in a final effort to expose any weaknesses before next week's final challenge. The recruits must cross a 200-metre gorge and swim beneath the ice on a frozen lake, before they are pursued by hunters with dogs through a perilous valley at night.
#17 - Survival
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 9, 2015
The directing staff have to whittle the group down to six from 11 and have a surprising trick up their sleeve that they think will cause some participants to instantly withdraw before the final stage. Those who make it through the cull are faced with their biggest challenge so far - an escape and evasion mission designed to prepare recruits for avoiding capture behind enemy lines. They are divided into two teams and dropped off at dusk, having to cover miles of rough terrain overnight in order to hit their first rendezvous point in nine hours.
#18 - Betrayal
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2018
The remaining recruits are challenged to dive backwards and blindfolded into a reservoir from a gangplank 10 metres up, before moving on to the most psychologically demanding stage of training - resisting interrogation. A simulated capture puts the friendship between two of the group to the test, as they are pushed towards betraying one another.
#19 - Weakness
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 26, 2015
Following a brutal first stage, only 20 of the original 30 civilians remain and the directing staff ratchet the intensity up a notch, applying pressure to isolate and expose individuals who they think are not up to it. The remaining recruits must choose their weakest colleagues, who then lead the next exercise. And there's the 'Sickener': a series of physical challenges that won't end until five recruits give up.
#20 - Strength
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 13, 2019
The remaining recruits face gruelling challenges designed to test their mental and physical strength, from a 200 foot forward abseil to the infamous boxing task, where female recruits will have the opportunity to fight their male counterparts.
#21 - Mindset
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 2019
The remaining recruits endure the fifth and sixth days of their training, which involve trekking through heavy snow and camping out in a blizzard 3000 metres above sea level. All the time, the instructors are piling on the psychological pressure to expose weaknesses that will prevent trainees from completing the course.
#22 - Trust
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 2019
The recruits must put all their trust in the hands of a partner, as they are teamed up in pairs. The recruits face a fee-falling abseil into a rocky gorge, with their partner responsible for breaking their fall, and a plunge into freezing water.
#23 - Aggression
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2020
The recruits must control their aggression, as they're trained with guns and take part in hand-to-hand combat, exploring loss, loyalty and self-control. The instructors are looking for those who have can turn personal adversity into strength.
#24 - Unity
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2020
The remaining recruits are split into teams before taking on the intense close-combat murderball and surf immersion - a notorious water beasting that simulates water torture. After six days, the first cull takes place.
#25 - Grit
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2020
The recruits' grit is tested much further as Jay's undercover status is revealed. He launches a brutal beasting to expose the weakest in the group, who will be culled.