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Bear Grylls returns to Discovery

TV presenter and survival expert Bear Grylls (pictured) has returned to the Discovery family, with the series Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors set to air on Discovery Channel internationally.
February 5, 2013

TV presenter and survival expert Bear Grylls (pictured) has returned to the Discovery family, with the series Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors set to air on Discovery Channel internationally.

The Discovery Networks International (DNI) commission follows a contract dispute between the former Man Vs Wild star and Discovery Channel U.S. last year, which saw the network and Grylls sever ties.

The 6 x one-hour series will explore extreme survival, with Grylls reenacting real-life scenarios where people were stranded in dire situations and survived, demonstrating the skills needed to endure. Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors also features archive footage and interviews with the survivors.

The series will air across 217 markets, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

“I am super excited to be working with Discovery again – the channel where the Man Vs Wild¬†journey began,” said Grylls. “Man Vs Wild took me to some of the toughest climates and terrains out there, and this new series is an exciting evolution of that. The aim is to follow incredible real-life survival stories and demonstrate dynamic life-saving know-how along the way.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Bear back to the Discovery fold,” said Luis Silberwasser, chief content officer and executive VP at DNI. “He is a true game-changer in the survival genre, integral in shaping it into the programming powerhouse that it is today. We are now poised to push the limits even further for our international audience.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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