Matt Hancock’s time on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins has both annoyed and amused countless Brits ever since it first aired, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a single viewer who didn’t enjoy seeing the disgraced MP being called a “weasel-faced c***” by one of their interrogators.
The former Health Secretary and adviser to ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the nightmare year that was 2020 (remember that) already caused a stir by taking part in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! — for which received a healthy amount of grilling — but that was just the start of his reality career.
After the news broke that his appearance on the latest season of Channel 4’s hit military boot camp show was actually filmed before his I’m a Celeb series late last year, millions were collectively rubbing their hands waiting to see what kind of physical and mental toll he was put through.
That being said, even with the clips that had already come out, there can’t have been many who were expecting this. Without further ado, please enjoy a shirtless Matt Hancock being called a “weasel-faced c***” and a barrage of other expletive insults on the celebrity version of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Tell us how you really feel — to be fair, we have a feeling there are more than a few who agree with you…
The woman calling him virtually every name under the sun is a series regular simply known as Debs: an interrogator who has previously appeared on the show’s celebrity spin-off show and is almost certain to pop up even more frequently after this.
In fact, she’s been hailed as somewhat of a hero online, with people remarking everything from, “Thank you, madam, you speak for a nation” and “couldn’t have put it better myself, to comments like: “Give Debs a damehood, what an absolute queen”.
Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the latest episode which aired on Sunday night, 29 October has been one of both shock and unapologetic amusement all over social media, as it’s safe to say Hancock is still a deeply disliked figure across the UK for his time in office and multiple scandals during lockdown.
It wasn’t the first time the Tory MP was interrogated by members of the cast and ex-army members, having also been grilled over his handling of the pandemic. However, Deb’s extensive abuse didn’t stop there, not even close — the so-called ‘Liz Truss lookalike’ dished out plenty of other memorable lines.
For example: “You’re a man that likes to put it about a bit [referencing his affair with Gina Coladangelo]”, “You’re not a good-looking man, are you? Pubes on your chest, moobs…”; “You sarcastic f***er… Mr f***ing know-it-all” and “Why do you just keep raising your eyebrows at me, k***head?”, to quote just a few.
With one more episode of this current series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins still to come, we dare say there’ll be quite an increase in viewing figures after this viral and unforgettable moment in British TV history. You can catch up on all the previous episodes HERE.
You can watch Matt Hancock’s interrogation scene in full down below:
Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”