John’s ‘Ultimate Hell Week’ to be screened on BBC2

Action man John Hunter recovers after his challenging television experience.pic Richard Ponter 152210
Action man John Hunter recovers after his challenging television experience.pic Richard Ponter 152210

A world champion coal hump veteran from Scarborough is set to appear on TV after facing his toughest challenge yet.

John Hunter, of Crossgates, will feature on “Special Forces - Ultimate Hell Week”, which starts this Sunday at 9pm on BBC2 and runs for six episodes.

The show, presented by Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, brings together 29 of the fittest men and women from all over the UK to face the ultimate endurance challenge.

Over the course of 12 days, the recruits are pushed beyond their physical and mental limits by battle-hardened veterans from the world’s toughest special forces, from the Navy Seals to the British SAS.

Based on the special forces’ selection methods, every 48 hours the recruits are put through a set of challenges, each one designed to break them down and every one more difficult than the last.

In the first episode, the recruits meet Ray and Woodie, two former members of the US Navy Seals, who are about to put them through a beasting or “breakout” - four hours of training amidst continuous cold water.

John said: “I’ve seen the trailer and it looks fantastic. I think the show’s going to be really good. I’m looking forward to it but I’m a bit apprehensive too. I’m having a premiere at my house!”