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C4, Grylls to explore “Island of Lost Blokes”

Shine TV, adventurer Bear Grylls (pictured) and UK terrestrial Channel 4 are teaming up for a survival series that will explore "what it means to be a man in 2014."
October 21, 2013

Shine TV, adventurer Bear Grylls (pictured) and UK terrestrial Channel 4 (C4) are teaming up for a survival series that will explore “what it means to be a man in 2014.”

In The Island of Lost Blokes, 12 male volunteers will be stripped of the comforts of modern civilization and cast away on a remote, deserted island for four weeks.

Once their basic rations of food and water run out, they will have to work for their survival, catching their own food and building their own shelter.

In a statement, Grylls said: ‘This is Lord of the Flies meets Bear Grylls meets Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest.’

“Man has moved further and further from his hunter-gatherer origins. We take food, shelter, warmth for granted; we barely have to expend any time and energy to get them. I want to find out what happens when you strip people of all the comforts of modern life – does 21st Century man still have it in him to fight for his survival?”

The series is slated to launch next year, and will be exec produced by Ben Mitchell and Tim Whitwell for Shine TV, and Delbert Shoopman and Grylls for Bear Grylls Ventures.

C4 head of factual entertainment Liam Humphreys, who commissioned the series, said: “This hard core adventure series promises to examine, in the most arresting and authentic way, how tough and creative we really are today.”

Shine TV head of programs Tim Whitwell added: “The Island of Lost Blokes aims to push the British bloke to the limit, and find out what they’re made of when the survival odds are stacked against them.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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