Fans of Channel 4 reality show Celebrity SAS : Who Dares Wins were left taken aback on Sunday evening, as they spotted an incredibly rare gesture from Ant Middleton.
The former soldier, who is known for his blunt demeanour and stern looks throughout the series, is a formidable figure.
All that changed on Sunday when six celebrities were tasked to climb a frightening rope ladder to the top and run face-first to ground.
Paralympic athlete Aled Davis was the next to tackle the challenge. He had to deal with hemimelia in his right leg.
The condition results in the fibula being absent from the leg or shorter at birth.
Regardless, field athlete Aled has gone on to achieve an impressive career in sports – and he took the latest SAS challenge in his stride.
“Good effort, number 12,” Ant congratulated Aled upon reaching the top, leaving Aled with a smile on his face.
Ant was also smiling as he took Aled in for the camera.
Fans watching at home were left stunned by the gesture, as one penned: “It’s great to see the smile come out @antmiddleton!”
Someone else echoed: “#SASWhoDaresWins well sod me, Middleton just smiled – bet that hurt him!”
“Did Ant just smile, OMG! #SASWhoDaresWins,” another chimed in.
And a fourth fan penned: “Nothing but man love for @antmiddleton!”
Others simply pointed out how impressive Aled’s abseil was, with one penning: “Aled doing something as scary as this with a disability shows that anything is possible. Well done Aled what an inspiration you are!”
Someone else posted: “They were all really impressive, especially Aled and Wes.”
As another viewer tweeted: “Aled like the Terminator there! Brilliant!”, referring to how Aled had charged fearlessly down the tower.
After collapsing from injured ribs, Keiron Dyer, who was unable to breath, had to be medically removed from the course.
Aled called for help when the ex-footballer collapsed during night watch.
The remaining five recruits had died, so the rest of the celebs had to dive in freezing cold water to find supplies. Alexandra Burke, the X Factor winner, couldn’t do it because she was afraid of water.
She failed to complete the abseiling task, and she was taken in for questioning by the DS.
SAS: Who Dares Wins will continue next Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.