SAS: Are You Tough Enough Overview (2002-2004)


SAS: Are You Tough Enough was a British television documentary series produced from 2002-2004 exposing volunteer members of the public to the experience of the British Army’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) selection process. It was presented by Dermot O’Leary.

In contrast to the real SAS, the programme also featured female candidates.

As with real selection, initially the candidates were pushed to the limits to reduce the numbers, with survivors in the latter stages, trained and assessed in a variety of military training exercises.


The contestants participated in exercises experienced in the real selection process, although over a shorter time frame, with the winner only getting a hand-shake from the ex-Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Eddie Stone. For realism, exercises were controlled by ex-members of the SAS, notably SSgt Eddie Stone and John McAleese with additional comments about what would happen in the real process from other ex-SAS members.

SAS: Are You Tough Enough Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Nic Blower.
  • Presenter: Dermot O’Leary.
  • Distributor: Momentum Pictures.
  • Release Date: 01 January 2002.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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