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Bear Grylls to front ITV celebrity survival format

Bear Grylls to front ITV celebrity survival format
Staff Reporter
27 January 2015

Bear Grylls is to front a new entertainment show for ITV, which has echoes of competition formats I’m A Celebrity and The Apprentice.

Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive will see eight celebrities compete in a 12-day survival mission in Central American rainforest.

Issued daily mission briefings by Bear, the celebrities will have to navigate obstacles and journey through dense jungle, testing their ability to adapt, improvise and overcome in one of the world’s most hostile environments.

Grylls will guide the celebrities on their assignments, sharing his expertise, mindset and skills. He will also be assisted on the ground by two survival experts Megan Hine and Scott Heffield.

Hine and Heffield will be Bear’s eyes and ears throughout, observing the progress of the famous faces as they advance through the jungle. They will help inform Bear on how the celebrities are coping so he can best decide who should be eliminated and who should continue.

At the end of every episode Bear will eliminate one person. And at the end of the series, there will be three finalists and ultimately just one Mission Survivor.

The 6x60’ series is a Bear Grylls Ventures/Electus/betty production.

It was commissioned by ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy, Elaine Bedell, and entertainment commissioning editor, Peter Davey.

Neil Smith is the creative director, Dale Templar is the executive producer, and Craig Blackhurst, series producer. Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman are executive producing for Bear Grylls Ventures.

The series was filmed over two weeks in November 2014.

Grylls said: “This show is all about empowerment and I am so proud of how the celebrity team who joined me on Mission Survive performed. It was without doubt a tough expedition, but also a very life-enhancing adventure for everyone involved. I would set them daily survival missions and would then regularly back away, leaving them to their own devices, so that they would learn by doing it and making mistakes. That's the source of all genuine growth in a survivor. I was looking for the qualities that a survivor in a real-life scenario most needs: positivity, resourcefulness, courage, determination, and a whole heap of bloody mindedness!”

Bedell said: 'We're very proud to have Bear in peaktime on ITV. This is a show unlike any other - an endurance and survival show, with eight intrepid and courageous celebrities - but a very real trek, where everyone is constantly on the move, and where even Bear at times has to deal with the unexpected.'

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