Bear Grylls: Born Survivor


Intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls heads back into the wild for a new series of Bear Grylls: Born Survivor, to tackle even more extreme survival challenges in some of Earth’s most inhospitable places. This series sees Bear go from the extremes of Eastern Europe’s frozen mountains, to the searing humidity, and crocodile filled landscape of Northern Australia’s Arnhem Land. 

During the series Bear finds himself in the Torres Strait, south of Papua New Guinea, where he is marooned on a desert island and must find food and water, before heading out to sea. The setting may seem idyllic, but the waters are infested with deadly jellyfish, stingrays and sharks. In another episode, Bear is not alone as he leads one lucky fan on a 48-hour survival mission to the frozen Purcell Mountains in Canada, to test his nerves, reflexes and stomach! 

Also in Canada, Bear is buried alive in an avalanche to test how long he can survive, swims 30 feet under an ice pack and weathers a blizzard in a snow cave. But even the best laid plans can go wrong as Bear finds out when he has to be airlifted to hospital after a decent down a snow covered slope goes wrong. But it’s not all a chore for Bear, as he completes a personal record: a HALO jump from 30,000 feet – so high he can see the curvature of the Earth. And, if that’s not enough, Bear also finds time to look back at his top twenty-five Bear Grylls: Born Survivor moments. 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Mondays from 3 May, 9.00pm

Bear is back for some brand new, globe- trotting adventures. But this time, many of the places he goes to have something in common – they’ve all been affected by, or are indicative of, some form of natural disaster. Join him as he travels to a region of Southern China, which has just suffered a devastating typhoon, and has to fight his way through the wrecked countryside and flood-swollen rivers. Bear then drops directly onto a live volcano in Guatemala, showing how to avoid being killed by a rampaging lava flow – which can travel at up to 35mph. Then, he heads to a city environment that has just suffered a catastrophic disaster, employing adapted wilderness techniques to an urban location where the struggle for survival is as acute as in any remote region in the world.


Friday, November 6 on M4

Bear Grylls is used to tackling the world’s toughest environments and facing difficult terrain and wild animals, but now he’s confronted by a new type of challenge: Will Ferrell. The Hollywood actor and comedian joins Bear for a special two-day survival mission in the Arctic Circle. They start by abseiling 150 feet down into an icy, rock-strewn gorge in northern Sweden. Bear’s endurance and knowledge is put to new use as he leads his novice through the experience. The freezing temperatures and treacherous landscape make for a heart-stopping ride for the comedian; meanwhile Bear prepares frozen deer eyeballs for supper. Can Will handle the challenge?

Sunday, October 18 on 4

Bear Grylls tackles the world’s toughest environments and faces wild terrain and animals, but now he’s confronted by a new type of challenge: Will Ferrell. The Hollywood actor and comedian joins Bear for a special two-day survival mission in the Arctic Circle. “He’s going to be a very big Hollywood fish out of water, and it’s my job to get him through 48 hours in one piece,” Bear says. Will has no clue what to expect, and is more used to helicopters taking him to film premieres. He says: “I don’t know why I got myself into this; I don’t even like camping”.

Saturday, June 13 on 4

In tonight’s episode, Bear takes on the Anatolian plateau in Turkey, parachuting into a cold mountain lake. He improvises a raft out of his parachute and battles white water rapids until he is confronted by a huge 120-foot waterfall. Using a home-made wood and rope ladder, step by step Bear lowers himself down a sheer 100-foot rock face; when the ladder runs out he is forced to jump. Bear ventures onto the Turkish Steppe, where it’s so hot and dry with little sign of life. Bear traps a lizard and eats a deadly Death Stalker scorpion.

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