CITV, Bear Grylls taking kids to “Survival School”

TV survivalist Bear Grylls (pictured) is to make adventurers out of British children for the ITV-owned children's channel, CITV.
August 4, 2015

TV survivalist Bear Grylls is to make adventurers out of British children for the ITV-owned children’s channel, CITV.

The children’s adventure show, titled Bear Grylls’ Survival School (12 x 30 minutes), will follow a group of 10 children aged 12 to 15 as it heads into Wales’ Snowdonia mountains for a two-week trip in the outdoors. Grylls will teach the group such survival skills as how to make a fire, build a shelter, cross rivers and abseil down cliffs.

According to CITV, “The young explorers will have to work together and put the skills they’ve learned into practice to accomplish a challenging survival exercise in the final episodes.”

Set to air on CITV in early 2016, Bear Grylls’ Survival School is co-produced by ITV Studios label Potato and Bear Grylls Ventures.

For Potato, the program is exec produced by Michael Kelpie and Phil Mount and series produced and directed by Marshall Corwin. Meanwhile, Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman are exec producing for Bear Grylls Ventures. Survival School was commissioned by Jamila Metran, head of programming for CITV.

“Young people at heart are so often the greatest of adventurers: determined, focused, resourceful and team players,” said Grylls in a statement. “This series will test and develop all these qualities in spades. These kids need to be prepared for hardship and blisters, but by the end they will have achieved a pride that only sweat and endeavor can buy.”

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