Millions watch Harrogate in new reality TV show

Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16 looks at the life of teenage recruits at Harrogate Army Foundation College.
Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16 looks at the life of teenage recruits at Harrogate Army Foundation College.
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Harrogate finds itself on national TV screens again with the launch of a new reality show on Channel 5.

Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16 looks at the life of teenage recruits at Harrogate Army Foundation College.

And last week's first episode proved a success in the ratings, attracting an estimayed 1.5 million viewers.

Kevin McAleese, chairman of Harrogate Army Foundation College's Independent Advisory Panel, the group which liaises between the College and the local community, said the new documentary was a great advert for both the college and the town itself.

The ex-headteacher at Harrogate Grammar School said: "It's very good news for Harrogate. I don't know how much Harrogate itself knew about the Army Foundation College but it is a very supportive piece."

This series follows the daily life of 45 teenagers from 19 Platoon as they face up to 16-hour days of gruelling training exercises as the begin their basic army training.

Headlines in the Daily Mirror reported how some of the young recruits aged from 16 to 17 had ended up in tears in episode one last week.

The opening episode showed one of the recruits cracking a rib which forced him to be sidelined for all the exercises.

The four-part series which screens on Mondays at 9pm was filmed at the college in spring and summer.

The question the Channel 5 reality show poses is whether these fresh-faced recruits have got what it takes to join Britain's armed forces.