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A group of modern-day Brits take on the mantle of Churchill’s spies in a new reality show Secret Agent Selection: WW2

In the darkest days of World War Two, when invasion by the Nazis looked inevitable, Winston Churchill created a covert organisation to operate behind enemy lines in a bid to ‘set fire to mainland Europe’.

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) drew recruits from all walks of society, including women and homosexuals, to fight a secret and deadly war against Hitler’s forces.

But will a group of modern-day Brits have what it takes to follow in their footsteps?

In this week’s first episode, 14 members of the public with particular skills face the first stage of a gruelling examination that will push them to their mental and physical limits.