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Bear’s Mission with Rob Brydon

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  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 03 Nov 2017
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    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 44 2017 : Sat 28 Oct - Fri 03 Nov
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Funny man, Rob Brydon, joins Bear Grylls for an adventure he won’t forget as he takes on a mission with Bear on the Mountains of Snowdonia.
Bear’s Mission with Rob Brydon sees the comedian return to the homeland and attempt to survive some of the harshest wilderness in the UK, the North Welsh coast.
Of the mission, Rob said: “This is reminding me of when I was six, I joined the Cubs for a week and I left because it was too rough. There is a fear of bottling it.”
He continued: “I like the outdoors, I used to love building dens and I climbed trees and would make rope swings on trees, that was my big thing. I once, when I was about 10 or 11, was up a tree and I fell and I knocked myself out but I’ve never broken a bone. I hope that record is going to stand at the end of today!”
Rob’s first mission is to climb down into a giant sinkhole.
Bear admits: “Before this journey, I dropped what we are eventually going to be having for dinner into here so we’ve got to go in to retrieve that. We’ve also seen this sheep that is running around down there, not looking very happy. I’m thinking we could do our good deed for the day, not only retrieve our dinner but also try and help this sheep get out. So that’s a mission.”
Rob and Bear attempt to rescue a sheep, that has got stuck in the sinkhole, unable to get out.
On the rescue, Rob says: “That was an experience. He is strong, he can bite and he can kick. Bear assures me he would be stuck here, they don’t get out on their own so we have done him a favour.”
Rob speaks to Bear about his comedy career: “I’m always telling my kids about my failures and embarrassments, that’s a big thing. I’m always telling them about the jobs I go up for and don’t get, audiences that don’t particularly take to me. Almost all actors suffer incredible knockbacks… But they have to keep their self belief.”
And on knockbacks from auditions, he says: “I remember trying to get commercial work and I sent my photo into this guy that cast commercials and I walked into the office and he looked at me and he went ‘Ooh dear, I didn’t realise your skin was quite so bad, it doesn’t really come across in the photograph.’ He said to me, to my face, ‘I could hardly send you up for a chocolate commercial could I? Eat our chocolate and you’ll look like me.’ He said it to my face.”
And on his big break, Rob says: “I took years to break through in comedy. I was 35! I did two shows in 2000, one was called Marion and Geoff and I did another show called Human Remains. They won awards and they got me noticed and then all of a sudden it just changed, it was remarkable, suddenly people were interested.”
Rob also spoke about his friend, the late Ronnie Corbett. Asked what Ronnie would say of Rob traversing the mountains in windy and cold conditions, Rob said: “He would say, ‘Well we really are very, very high, especially for me!’ I was very lucky, I got to know him as a friend. He was so sweet to me. He loved [my impressions of him.] We would phone each other up and he would come to the phone and say is it me, and I’d say, ‘Yes it is.’ He was nothing but lovely to me and a great man.”
And on what he wants his legacy to be, Rob says: “I see comedians and actors talking about their legacy to do with their work. I couldn’t give a monkeys, what does it matter your legacy? I think it’s within your family and friends and loved ones and there I want them to think I was a great bloke who was trying to do the right thing. I’ve discovered that the greatest happiness is not winning awards, or someone writing something nice about you, or audiences cheering - as lovely as that is, it’s a big dinner round a table with the people you love.”