SAS: Australia Reality TV Series Overview


Introduction

SAS: Australia is an Australian version of the British Reality TV Series, SAS: Who Dares Wins, which is a reality quasi-military training television programme produced by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Outline

SAS Australia sees Aussie celebrities take on a series of physical and psychological tests from an elite team of ex-Special Forces soldiers.

Production (Series 01)

The Australian version of the show is currently being produced for Seven Network. The series features Ant Middleton as the chief instructor. Production began in March 2020 on location in Queenstown, New Zealand, however production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They recommenced filming on a property on the outskirts of Berridale in the Snowy Mountains of NSW Australia at GPS Coordinates 36°28′44″S 149°0′37″E. The production crew stayed locally in Jindabyne while filming.

Upon release of the first series, the shows name was changed from the British version (SAS: Who Dares Wins) to simply “SAS Australia”.

Olympian Jana Pitman was originally reported to be a contestant in the March 2020 production, but with her pregnancy in the intervening months, was reportedly replaced by former The Biggest Loser Australia trainer Shannan Ponton.

Production (Series 02)

In October 2020, the series was renewed for a second season. The second season began airing on 13 September 2021.

The season was filmed in the Capertree Valley in NSW with the camp being constructed in the Glen Davies Ruins. The Ruins are the remains of the Oil Shale Ruins which began operation in 1938 and ceased operation in 1952. The Glen Davis Ruins are on private property, but is available to visitors on a Saturday at 2:00 pm.

SAS: Hell Week (Civilian Edition, Series 01)

In March 2021, Seven commissioned a mini-series featuring civilian contestants in addition to the second main season. Titled “SAS: Hell Week” the mini-season was filmed back to back with the second celebrity season in the Blue Mountains. The first episode aired on 18 October 2021.

The four-part special event, SAS Australia: Hell Week featured 14 everyday Australians going to hell and back in the hope of passing SAS selection.

SAS: Australia Series

  • Series 03 (?2022):

Production & Filming Details

  • Production: Seven Network.
  • Release Date:
    • Celebrity:
      • Series 01: 19 October 2020 to 24 November 2020.
      • Series 02: 13 September 2021 to 13 October 2021.
      • Series 03: ?2022.
    • ‘Civilian’:
      • Series 01: 18 October 2021 to 21 October 2021.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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