Schapelle Corby, Roxy Jacenko and Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins among first recruits for Seven’s SAS Australia

Seven has named the first five celebrities to be part of its first season of SAS Australia.

Schapelle Corby, Merrick Watts, Candice Warner, Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins and Roxy Jacenko are the first names attached to the reality show which follows the format of UK show SAS: Who Dares Wins.

SAS Australia was confirmed at Seven’s upfronts in 2019, but production was forced to cease in New Zealand in March due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The show moved to the Snowy Mountains following the restrictions and all cast and crew went through NSW quarantine regulations.

Other recruits are yet to be announced, but Seven teased they would include a leading actor, a gold medallist, a model and ‘one of Australia’s best sportsmen’. The contestants will be ‘pushed beyond their limits’ on the show, subjected to ‘extreme physical endurance, sleep deprivation, interrogation and physiological testing’, based on the real SAS selection process.

Chief instructor Ant Middleton and director staff Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox, Ollie Ollerton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham have all been brought over from the UK for the show, with Seven’s director of programming, Angus Ross, saying the cast is ‘killer’ for the show.

“We have an absolutely killer celebrity cast who are all in for a shock. SAS Australia is no game – it is the toughest test. The course is brutal, and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do there is no special treatment which makes for utterly engrossing television,” said Ross.

Middleton said: “There is no set mould for passing SAS selection. You need courage, determination, that never give up attitude but ultimately the strength of mind to carry on, even when faced with your demons and biggest fears.”

SAS Australia will premiere on Channel 7 in October. The series is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, based on a Minnow Films format.


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