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ITV preps Bear Grylls special with David Walliams

British commercial network ITV is preparing a one-off fish-out-of-water special with Bear Grylls. Bear’s Mission with David Walliams (1 x 60 minutes) sees global wildlife adventurer Grylls taking actor, author, comedian ...
April 12, 2019

British commercial network ITV is preparing a one-off fish-out-of-water special with Bear Grylls.

Bear’s Mission with David Walliams (1 x 60 minutes) sees global wildlife adventurer Grylls taking actor, author, comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams out of his comfortable showbiz environment and into the wild to test his limits.

Grylls is well known for his survival programming, including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive for ITV and You vs. Wild (pictured) for Netflix.

The special was commissioned by Amanda Stavri, commissioning editor, factual entertainment, at ITV. It is a coproduction between Bear Grylls Ventures, Electus and betty for ITV, with Electus International distributing internationally. David Harrison serves as executive producer for betty.

“David has accomplished some amazing endurance feats including swimming down the River Thames and across the English Channel,” said Grylls, in a statement. “This mix of stamina and his unrelenting sense of humour will make this a mission I’m sure we’ll both never forget. The wild awaits.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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