Famed adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls raises his star power in his new series, taking celebrities -- including Channing Tatum, Ben Stiller and Zac Efron -- on one-on-one, 48-hour journeys into some of the wildest, most-remote locations in the United States and around the world.
The Island with Bear Grylls is a British reality television series which premiered on Channel 4 on 5 May 2014. Three series have aired, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and a fourth is currently in progress. Narrated by Bear Grylls, it features participants placed on remote uninhabited Pacific islands as a test of their survival skills. They are left completely alone, filming themselves, and with only the clothes they were wearing and some basic tools and training. Pitched as an assessment of the capabilities of British men in the 21st Century, the first series featured thirteen male participants. Following accusations of sexism, the second series used two islands, with 14 men on one, and 14 women on the other.
In 2011, he made two specials under the title Bear’s Wild Weekend for Channel 4 in the UK which was broadcast over the Christmas holiday that year. Each special featured Grylls taking either Jonathan Ross or Miranda Hart on short two-day adventures; Ross to rainforest in the Canary Islands, Hart to the Swiss Alps.