Channel 5 has ordered Secrets Of The SAS: In Their Own Words, a four part factual series about the UK’s elite special forces group, from Tony Jordan’s independent production company Red Planet Pictures, TVWise has learned.
The four-part series aims to explore the SAS by not only examining the military exploits of the organisation, but also the soldiers themselves to reveal the frank and intimate truth of life serving in the SAS; from selection through to serving with the best soldiers in the world and eventually returning to civilian life. Each episode will feature unprecedented interviews with elite former SAS soldiers and dramatic reconstruction to tell their stories.
Secrets Of The SAS: In Their Own Words was commissioned for Channel 5 by Factual Commissioning Editor Guy Davies and is being produced by Red Planet Pictures, making it the first factual commission for the indie since they launched their factual division late last year under Creative Director Simon Raikes. Red Planet Pictures’ Simon Raikes and Dan Gold will serve as executive producers. The four-part series is set to premiere on Channel 5 this Autumn.
“This series is a genuine first; we’ve never seen SAS troopers talking in this way before. We’re really proud of the series and Red Planet Pictures has delivered a chillingly compelling first-hand account of life in our most secretive military unit”, said Guy Davies, Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor, Factual. “These are extraordinary stories delivered without embellishment, straight down the lens.”
“Our first commission shows exactly the type of content that we will be creating – bold, distinctive and ambitious. This series we’ve managed to get SAS soldiers to talk with extraordinary intimacy and candour not just about what they do – but who they are, how they feel, what makes them tick, how they cope – as ordinary human beings – with the extraordinary situations into which they are thrown”, added Raikes. “The result is a revealing, gripping and shocking series about the people behind the armour and it’s a testament to the honesty of our contributors and to Channel 5 that we have been able to share such remarkable stories.”