Plaistow electrician takes on tough TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 January 2018

SAS: Who Dares Wins contestant John Brincat Picture: Hal Shinnie

SAS: Who Dares Wins contestant John Brincat Picture: Hal Shinnie

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An electrician is trading plugs for press-ups after signing up to gruelling television show SAS: Who Dares Wins

SAS: Who Dares Wins Picture: Hal Shinnie SAS: Who Dares Wins Picture: Hal Shinnie

John Brincut, who grew up in Plaistow, is taking part in the third series of the Channel 4 show, which puts a group of recruits through a recreation of the tough SAS selection process.

“I watched the previous series and I thought I’d give it a go,” he said.

“I’ve always been intrigued by people going into the military and stuff like that.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for people doing that.”

SAS: Who Dares Wins Picture: Hal Shinnie SAS: Who Dares Wins Picture: Hal Shinnie

The 27-year-old was selected as one of 25 contestants from 4,000 applicants, and in September flew out to Morocco for nine days of filming.

John and his fellow recruits were thrown in the deep end - quite literally - as their first task saw them jump from a moving helicopter into a lake.

And things didn’t exactly get easier after that, either.

“At one point, we had to abseil 270 feet down a dam,” he said.

“We had backpacks we had to fill up with 40lb worth of sand and carry them up the Atlas mountains.”

All this was done while coping with a lack of sleep and food, and having former Special Forces soldiers try to break them down mentally.

John, who moved to Chafford Hundred with his wife Hannah three years ago, said that he is still in contact with his fellow contestants.

He said: “When you’ve seen someone at their lowest, I think you automatically form a strong bond.”

Of the reaction to the opening episode, he said: “Everyone loved watching it.

“It was great to see it back. They got the first 48 hours into 45 minutes.”

And while John wouldn’t reveal how well he did on the show, he said that he would be featuring “quite a bit” in the third episode.

SAS: Who Dares Wins airs on Channel 4 this Sunday at 9pm, and you can catch up on the series so far at


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