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Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week – The Professionals 

To date two groups of civilians have taken on RTE’s ‘Ultimate Hell Week challenge, now it’s the turn of the professionals, as eighteen well known personalities from the world of sports and entertainment attempt to pass the Hell Week course. With a failure rate upwards of 90%, only the toughest candidates will survive. Welcome To Hell. 

Models and influencers, sports stars and soaps stars, singers and comedians all think they have what it takes to pass this years special Hell Week course. Each of them has excelled in their chosen field but now their reputations are on the line, as they go way beyond their comfort zone, to face the biggest test of their lives.  

The Professionals: Jake Carter, Peter Stringer, Laura Nolan, Stephanie Roche, Ryan Andrews, Marc O’Neill, Eamonn McGee, Niamh Cullen, Valerie Mulcahy, Rory O’Connor, Andrew Trimble, Barry Murphy, Melanie Nocher, John Sharpson, Paul Olima, Anna Caplice and Darren O’Sullivan.

Over five days, the celebrity recruits will be required to pass numerous rigorous physical and mental tests. Surviving on two to three hours of sleep a night they will have to overcome cold-water events, height tests and claustrophobic challenges as well as various trials of strength, stamina and determination.  

Based on the actual exercises and tests currently used the on the ARW selection course the Hell Week course instructors (DS), have designed a course that will test recruits physical, emotional and psychological resilience. It is designed to break all but the toughest of individuals. But Hell Week is not all about who is the fittest or strongest. It’s as much about mental toughness, the ability to endure and a dogged determination to never quit. 

The recruits, some of Irelands fittest celebrities, all have one thing in common, each of them believes they have what it takes to pass the course. And with each recruit representing a charity of their choice, the stakes are high… The longer they last, the more they will raise for their worthy cause. 

Each and every waking moment the celebrity recruits will face unrelenting pressure. Failure to meet the required standards means they will be asked to leave the course. For those who decide they cannot go on they simply have to D.O. (drop out) by handing in their number to the DS. 

This is the mother of all challenges; it is not like any other reality TV series, it is raw, real and relentless; with no certainty that anyone will make it to the end. Will any of the celebrity recruits have what it takes to pass selection, Welcome to Hell.   

Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week – The Professionals is produced by Motive Television for RTÉ. 

Ep 1 – Synopsis 

The eighteen celebrity recruits are transported by high speed rib to the new Hell Week base, an abandoned military base in east Cork. Waiting for them at the jetty are the course instructors (DS), who give them a short, sharp blast of what they can expect. The recruits, who for five days will have no contact with the outside world, are left in no doubt this will be an experience like no other.  

Who Are Irelands Special Forces 

The ARW is one of the toughest, best-trained Special Forces units in the world. They are on standby 24 hours a day, either to deploy overseas or to react to any serious domestic criminal or terrorist threat. This constant high level of preparedness means there training and skills are benchmarked against other elite Special Forces units across the world including the SAS and the Navy Seals. 

However due to the highly sensitive nature of its work, very little is known about the ARW, much of what they do is classified, its missions covert and its members have, until now stayed in the shadows.   To become a member of the ARW all unit members must pass selection, the hardest test any soldier in the Irish military can go through. The failure rate is upwards of 90%; only the toughest, most mentally robust candidates pass selection.