TV's Ultimate Hell Week challenge is all in a day's work for former Red Maid Katy

January 30 2017

Former Redmaids’ High School Deputy Head Girl, Katy Parrott shows the world what she’s made of when she appears on our television screens in Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week.

 

Former Redmaids’ High School Deputy Head Girl, Katy Parrott shows the world what she’s made of when she appears on our television screens in Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week. 

The six-part BBC2 series is aimed at pushing “some of the UK's fittest men and women beyond their mental and physical limits.”

Personal fitness, exploration and adventure have always played a part in Katy’s life. Having left Redmaids’ High School in 2010, she achieved a first class honours degree in Biology from Bath University, before travelling the world – covering 17 countries in 11 months.

Her interest in film-making and the natural world then led her to an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England, part of which involved making a short film. 

Never one to take the easy option, Katy and two fellow student scientists set out to be the first to trek the entire length of the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains. Their completed film was shown at the Everyman Theatre, Bristol to friends, family and professionals from the TV industry.

Katy has since secured a job working alongside Monty Halls, Steve Backshall and Helen Glover, developing wildlife and expedition film ideas for Seadog Productions.

She is also part of the Army Reserves and is currently training as a Combat Medic for an infantry unit.

Speaking of her adventurous career choices, Katy said: “My filmmaking and Army careers complement each other perfectly. I find it difficult to sit still so it’s great that I’m often off on filming adventures or military
training.

“I barely know where I’m going to be from month to month, so can’t wait to see where the next few years take me. 

"It may be a television presenting career, or operations with the Army? 

"The world is my
oyster!’’

Headmistress Isabel Tobias said: “Drive, determination and an inquiring mind are qualities we value highly. Katy embodies all of these and more.

"I can’t wait to see how she will tacklethis gruelling challenge.”

The first episode of “Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week” airs on BBC2 on Sunday January 29 at 9pm.