DNI orders Bear Grylls Everest special

In the one-hour special Bear Grylls: Man vs Everest, the adventurer-turned-TV personality (pictured) will recount unique climbing stories from the world's highest peak.
May 5, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned a one-hour special featuring survivalist Bear Grylls (pictured).

In Bear Grylls: Man vs Everest, the adventurer and survival expert-turned-reality star will narrate stories about climbing achievements and attempts to scale the world’s highest peak.

The special will mix interviews with climbers, support crews, Sherpas, journalists and experts, archival and user-generate footage, CGI and trivia to recount the various stories. It will air later this month on Discovery Channel in more than 220 territories and countries.

In 1998, Grylls climbed to the summit of Mount Everest at age 23. He was among the youngest climbers to do so at the time.

Bear Grylls: Man vs Everest is being produced by Barcroft Productions with Sam Barcroft and Julian Thomas exec producing. Liz Brach serves as the executive producer for DNI.

The program follows another Everest-related special that aired on Discovery Channel in the U.S. and globally earlier this week. The documentary Everest Avalanche Tragedy retraced the events surrounding an avalanche that killed more than a dozen Sherpas and forced the network to cancel a planned live event featuring a wingsuit jumper leaping offing of the summit.

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