Red Planet goes behind enemy lines...
Commissioned by Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Factual for Channel 5 and executive produced by Simon Raikes and Dan Gold for Red Planet Pictures, the series takes a new approach to the SAS - focussing on the soldiers themselves, rather than just their audacious exploits, and seeking to reveal not just what they do, but how they feel and what they think when they’re doing it.
What kind of psyche gets selected for the SAS? What were their childhoods like? How do they cope with killing? How do they deal with loss? What’s it like to go into battle when you know you are outnumbered? How do they deal with the pressure of being behind enemy lines for weeks on end? What happens when they are kidnapped? Or confronted by child soldiers with AK47s? How do they go from the violent and kinetic reality of close-up combat, to pushing a trolley round Tescos or taking the dog for a walk? Do even these super soldiers suffer from the psychological trauma of combat?
Each of the four episodes will use a specific military operation to explore the human experience of their astonishing lives – from selection, through serving alongside the best soldiers in the world, to returning to “normal” life after the SAS.
These films are gripping, shocking and, occasionally, humorous; and they offer a strikingly frank and intimate portrait of the lives of ordinary men who do an extraordinary job.
Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words will air in the Autumn.