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Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 26 Jun 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2018 : Sat 23 Jun - Fri 29 Jun
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis
 
Warwick Davis has spent the best part of 40 years bringing the most fantastical characters to life in some of the biggest movie franchises ever. He started young, appearing as an Ewok in Star Wars aged 11 and going on to star in Willow and the Harry Potter series of films. 
 
Away from the glamour of film locations though, his favourite place in the world is the Lake District, where he’s spent countless family holidays. So, in Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis, that’s exactly where he’s heading, but led by Bear Grylls, this is anything but a holiday.
 
The trip kicks off with Bear hovering in a helicopter over one of the UK’s biggest natural wildernesses – but Warwick is not at the planned meeting spot.  
 
Warwick says: “Nothing looks the same on a map as it does in real life. I feel like I’m on a date with someone and they’ve stood me up. I’m all ready to go, dressed to impress and my date’s not here.”
 
Eventually, Bear spots Warwick and picks him up from the edge of a cliff on the skid of the helicopter. As they speed off down a stunning Lake District valley, Warwick screams to Bear: “You’re a lunatic!”
 
Dropped on top of a hilltop overlooking a glorious lake, Bear and Warwick head into the Cumbrian mountains on foot - and are soon faced with a difficult rock climb. 
 
“We all have dwarfism in our family,” explains Warwick. “We’re not built for climbing up things, but we still enjoy the beauty of the place - from the car. The climbing I do is climbing around in the kitchen, to reach things I can’t get in the top cupboards. It’s not something you do when you’re 48 is it? Climbing?!”
 
Warwick makes it up the climb, but before he knows it, Bear’s left him alone, overlooking a 150 foot gorge, dangling from a rope. Seconds later, he’s left desperately hanging onto some leaves.
 
“This is awful, I’ve got such sweaty palms. The thing I’ve learnt about Bear Grylls, is keep him at a safe distance behind your television screen, because in real life, he’s a nightmare,” says Warwick.
 
Warwick helps build a four pronged spear for catching fish in a nearby river, but he hasn’t caught a thing to eat. Bear’s got an alternative plan and offers up a high protein snack - a trout’s raw eyeball. 
 
Settling down for the evening in a dark, damp cave, Warwick lights a fire with the aid of a wand-like twig and a magic spell, before sharing with Bear some of the hardships he’s had to overcome, as a result of his condition, SED, or Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia. 
 
He tells Bear that the ends of his bones haven’t formed properly and that sometimes the simplest things can prove difficult. 
 
“In life, as a little person, you have to be quite resourceful. The world is not designed for somebody short,” explains Warwick.
 
After a night on rocky ground, Bear gives Warwick the choice of an uphill struggle, or a quicker downhill route, as they head in the direction of home. Warwick chooses the quickest option, but he isn’t expecting to have to abseil down a sheer 200 feet drop.
 
Warwick has enjoyed many successful family holidays in Cumbria, but Bear’s given him a very different perspective on this beautiful region. Bear’s Mission will certainly be memorable, but will the Lake District still be Warwick’s favourite place after this unique experience?