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Discovery, Shine TV, Natural Studios team for “Treasure Island with Bear Grylls”

Discovery Channel has acquired a reality series that will maroon 12 strangers on a tropical island over a one-month period from Shine TV, part of Endemol Shine UK. Treasure Island with ...
June 17, 2020

Discovery Channel has acquired a reality series that will maroon 12 strangers on a tropical island over a one-month period from Shine TV, part of Endemol Shine UK.

Treasure Island with Bear Grylls (pictured) will chronicle the strangers as they fight for their survival and a cash prize under the watchful gaze of global survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls.

Each competitor will have their physical and mental conditions pushed to the limits as they leave behind modern-day comforts and endure fluctuating temperatures and tropical storms.

Throughout the six-part series, contestants will forge alliances to increase their chances of finding the hidden treasure or decide to go it alone by ditching those perceived as the weakest. Should a contestant tap out early, however, they will leave the competition empty-handed.

Treasure Island with Bear Grylls premieres Thursday (June 18) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel. The survivalist competition series originally aired in 2019 on the British pubcaster Channel 4.

The series is executive produced by Shine’s Sebastian Grant and Tim Whitwell, alongside The Natural Studios’ Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. Laura Crowson executive produces for Discovery Channel.

“This radical new twist on the island experience will test whether human nature really is ruled by the quest for financial gain, or whether co-operation and altruism in the face of adversity can bring their own reward,” Grylls said in a statement.

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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