Man Vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel:

Man vs. Wild is a survival television series hosted by Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel. The show was first broadcast on November 10, 2006 after airing a pilot episode titled The Rockies on October 27, 2006. There have been three seasons aired. In a special first aired on June 2, 2009 Will Ferrell joined Bear on a survival trip to Northern Sweden. Bear Grylls has signed on for a fourth season with thirteen episodes. Grylls also said he has been approached about doing a Man vs. Wild urban disaster 3-D feature film, an idea he said he would “really like to do”.

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The general format of each episode is the premise that Grylls is left stranded in a region. The episode documents his efforts to survive and find a way back to civilization, usually requiring an overnight shelter of some kind. Bear also tells about successful and failed survivals in the particular area which he is in.

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Each episode takes about one week to ten days to shoot. Before each shooting the crew does about a week of reconnaissance, followed by Bear Grylls doing a flyover of the terrain. Grylls then undergoes two days of intensive survival briefings. “I spend two days on location prior to dropping in – I go through all the safety and comms briefing as well as being briefed on local conditions, and flora and fauna by local rangers and a local bushcraft expert.” He is followed on the program by a cameraman and a sound engineer, also with a safety consultant. To show various survival situations, some aspects of the show are staged.

Bear Grylls said, “I suppose to bear in mind that this is a worst-case scenario show, and therefore, of course things have to be planned. Otherwise, it would just be me in the wild and nothing happening, you know, ’cause textbook survival says you land, you get yourself comfortable, you wait for rescue, you don’t do anything. It would be a very boring show. The show is how to deal if you fall into quick sand, if you get attacked by an alligator, if you have to make a raft. I get a really good briefing before we go. I know there’s a big river there, there’s gonna be a great cliff climb there, there’s loads of snakes in those rocks, watch out for an alligator. So I do have a good idea of 80 percent of what’s gonna happen.”

Furthermore, contrary to onscreen presentation, his movements are rarely from Point A to Point B: “We plan it, if we’re doing different locations, sometimes we’ll have to do a whole crew move and get a helicopter. Again, we’re talking huge distances sometimes. So we’ll use helis when we have to. They’ll go out three weeks ahead of me, and go, “That bit’s no good. Those rapids we thought are gonna be good are boring, but down there, it’s great.”

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