SAS veterans who interrogated Matt Hancock on a reality TV show said they grilled him on his political actions and handling of the pandemic ‘for the nation’.

Chief instructor Mark Billingham said his colleagues on Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins, wanted to get ask him about his decision-making and cheating on his wife.

The programme shows another instructor Chris Oliver rage at him in the famous interrogation room: ‘You think “f*** this, I’m going to have a bit of that. I’m going to break the rules here, I’m going to break the rules on a number of occasions”. From sitting on this side of the table that’s exactly how it went down.’

Mr Hancock responds to say he was ‘very careful’ not to break the law but admits he did not think about the Government guidance being put out at the time.

Jason Fox then berates him: “When we dish out a set of orders, we f****** live our life by that as well.’

The Telegraph reports Mr Billingham said at a launch event for the show this week: “We pushed as hard as we could to get it out of him.

“I wanted to know. We all wanted to know. And, yeah, I guess the nation does want to know. So we got as far as we could with him. But, you know, it was hard work.”

Hancock has already attempted to explain himself in his Pandemic Diaries book, which sold just 3,304 copies in the first week and 600 in the next. 

Former health secretary Matt Hancock meets his match on the new series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as he takes on ex-footballer Jermaine Pennant

Former health secretary Matt Hancock meets his match on the new series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as he takes on ex-footballer Jermaine Pennant

The two contestants go head-to-head (or at least fist-to-fist) in a boxing match on the Channel 4 show¿s opening episode

The two contestants go head-to-head (or at least fist-to-fist) in a boxing match on the Channel 4 show’s opening episode

Hancock is seen throwing a punch at the ex-winger before being tackled to the muddy ground while filming the SAS show in Vietnam last year

Hancock is seen throwing a punch at the ex-winger before being tackled to the muddy ground while filming the SAS show in Vietnam last year

The MP will appear alongside the likes of former glamour model Danielle Lloyd as he attempts to complete the gruelling SAS-style selection process

The MP will appear alongside the likes of former glamour model Danielle Lloyd as he attempts to complete the gruelling SAS-style selection process 

Hancock will appear alongside the likes of former glamour model Danielle Lloyd, 39, TOWIE’s Amber Turner, 30, and singer Gareth Gates, 39, as he attempts to complete the gruelling SAS-style selection process. 

During the first episode, which will air next Tuesday at 9:30pm, Hancock will also be seen walking across two parallel metal bars suspended 50ft off the ground.

After failing the task, his tame effort is compared to ‘Cirque du Soleil’ and the Directing Staff brand him a ‘complete and utter buffoon.’ 

Hancock undergoes his psychological grilling by former military officers staff Jason Fox and Chris Oliver on why he wanted to appear on the show.

During the intense conversation, he admitted his regrets over his lack of ‘leadership skills’ after he was caught having an affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo, but still insists he did a good job as health secretary during the pandemic.

Hancock said: ‘I want to push myself. I have been through something really big; it didn’t end the way I wanted it to…’

The Channel 4 series is Hancock's second notable TV appearance since he resigned from his position as health secretary for breaching Covid-19 guidelines after also starring in I'm A Celeb

The Channel 4 series is Hancock’s second notable TV appearance since he resigned from his position as health secretary for breaching Covid-19 guidelines after also starring in I’m A Celeb

He claims that he entered the show because he wanted to ¿test the limits¿ and ¿see how deep I can dig¿

He claims that he entered the show because he wanted to ‘test the limits’ and ‘see how deep I can dig’

TOWIE¿s Amber Turner, former Love Island contestants Montana Brown and Teddy Sears, singer Gareth Gates, and model Melinda Messenger are some of the recruits taking part

TOWIE’s Amber Turner, former Love Island contestants Montana Brown and Teddy Sears, singer Gareth Gates, and model Melinda Messenger are some of the recruits taking part

Former rugby player Gareth Thomas, singer Siva Kaneswaran, Liberty X star Michelle Heaton and athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton are also in the lineup

Former rugby player Gareth Thomas, singer Siva Kaneswaran, Liberty X star Michelle Heaton and athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton are also in the lineup

When asked what he is referring to by Jason Fox, Hancock replied: ‘I handled the pandemic, didn’t I?’ 

He continued: ‘It was the biggest experience of my life… it would be hard to see a bigger professional experience than being the health secretary in a pandemic. I’ve pushed myself in the past, but I want to test the limits… see how deep I can dig.

‘I was managing a very difficult situation in a professional sense… thought I had done a pretty good job… I fell in love with someone I have known since university and who I worked closely with in the pandemic, and I had to resign from government.

‘The truth is I was very careful not to break any of the laws but what I didn’t think was that there was still guidance, it wasn’t legally binding by that point, but it was still the guidance that we were putting out. I regret the lack of leadership at the end.’

And in a typical display of arrogance, he claims he would be able to cope with the pressures put on him by the show’s intimidating Directing Staff, the four ex-servicemen who oversee the brutal challenges.

Former TOWIE star James Argent is one of the recruits taking on the challenge this series following his battle against addiction

Former TOWIE star James Argent is one of the recruits taking on the challenge this series following his battle against addiction

Hancock said: ‘I’ve seen pressure so what I’m going to face on this course is water off a duck’s back.

‘I’ve been in some of the most high-pressure situations that you can imagine. In those really high-pressure moments, I hope that I can draw on what I’ve experienced.

‘I’m quite used to being in a hostile environment. Politics by its nature has hostility built into it. I’ve had my share of hostility.’

The Channel 4 series, which runs for seven weeks, is Hancock’s second notable TV appearance since he resigned from his position as health secretary for breaching Covid-19 guidelines he put into place after starring in last year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

During his stint in the Aussie jungle, Hancock was stung by a scorpion, and ate a camel’s penis and a sheep’s vagina completing the show’s famous Bush Tucker trials.

  • Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins begins on Tuesday at 9:30pm on Channel 4 

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