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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
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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