“Best TV show in the country” returns as celebs take on Ultimate Hell Week

Hell Week Pic: Miki Barlok

Ultimate Hell Week: The Professionals has returned with a brand new crew of celebrities ready to push themselves to the limit.

Viewers gathered around their TV, in their warm, cosy homes to watch these people be put through their paces.

The likes of Pamela Uba, Bláthnaid Treacy and Tadhg Fleming followed Ray Goggins every demand in what Twitter has branded the “best TV show in the country”.

However, the challenge wasn’t for everyone as one contestant chose to leave the series early.

Hell Week Pic: Miki Barlok

The group of celebs began by having to swim from a pier to a boat. That was followed by a sprint through the camp where they were staying before the final challenge of the episode proved too much for one contestant.

Ireland AM reporter Paul Ryder was paired up with Paralympic runner Michael McKillop and told to enter a room full of gas to retrieve three items.

However, Paul was forced to pull out of the competition at this point.

“Something in me said ‘You can’t do this, you can’t do this’ because I think I would have fallen to pieces. I felt upset and I felt like I was letting myself down,” he confessed.

Paul Ryder Pic: Miki Barlok

He then took to social media to recount his brief time on the series: “I went home first. Should I have continued on? Probably, yes! Am I proud? Too right!

“I took on a massive challenge in life and in my short period in hell I learned something about myself, I made friends for life and am stronger now knowing I was one of 118 recruits in 5 seasons to be able to do something wildly difficult but untimely unbelievable.

“Jamie, Jen, Jane, MK, Ollie, Anne and everyone at motive. Wow you are crazy and equally talented and caring and I can’t thank you enough.

“The 19 other recruits who are still yet to face some horrid situations are inimitable humans and I can’t wait to watch them on this journey and remember…don’t f**k it up.”

Viewers took to social media to praise the first episode.

Others praised Paul Ryder.

Ultimate Hell Week continues on Wednesday on RTÉ One at 9.35pm

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