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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 17 Mar 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 11 2016 : Sat 12 Mar - Fri 18 Mar
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Episode 3
- This week we find our celebrities sleep deprived, hungry with morale hitting an all time low.
- Neil Morrissey and Michelle Collins keep bickering with each other.
- 'Fish gate' Neil vs Jason Gardiner & Alex Scott - do you spear the fish now or later?!
- Alex, Jason and Sam Barks go for a river dip - even the threat of venomous snakes can't stop them!
- Sam and Alex fancy Bear - they think "He's the man".
- Michelle nearly gets pulled under water as she doesn't listen to Bear who tells her how to wade through deep water with a rucksack.
In programme three the five remaining celebrities are deep in the heart of the African bush. Leaving their camp in scorching heat, they are met by Bear who reminds them that their rations are running low, and to survive they need to think smart and start living off the land. He shows them several examples of the edible flora around them – some are a vital source of sustenance, and some could kill them. Will they get it right? Or will they waste the opportunity to gain much needed strength and nourishment? 
Bear has created a scenario which sees Meg role play being seriously injured. As part of the mission, they are told that Meg has an internal bleed and a blood loss of one pint every 10 minutes. The celebrities have just 40 minutes to make an improvised stretcher and carry her over challenging scrubland to the extraction point. This is a race against the clock. If this happened in reality and they acted too slow, they could see Meg die of organ failure.
As the day draws on, the group find themselves at their new camp which is by a river – the first time the celebrities have seen water since their journey began. Bear reminds them of their priorities – fire, food, water, shelter. As the realities of their environment start getting to them, will they be able to overcome the low morale and tensions within the group to get their camp in order before the light fades?
With one last chance to prove themselves to Bear, they must take on nature’s assault course - swimming down a river, hacking through a jungle of razor sharp reeds, and using 50 metres of rope to climb their way up a vertical mud wall.
Who will show the determination to continue and who will Bear send home?
Series overview
Seven celebrities battle through the wilds of Southern Africa on an uncompromising 12 day survival expedition. They are pushed to their psychological and physical limits to see who has the heroic qualities needed to become Bear’s Mission Survivor. 
In Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks, former Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins, choreographer and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Casualty actress Chelsee Healey, Grantchester actor Neil Morrissey, ex England footballer and coach Stuart Pearce MBE and Arsenal and England Ladies footballer Alex Scott, are put under extreme pressure by the adventurer and survival expert to see what they are made of. 
This year the expedition team confronted more terrifying challenges than ever before: surviving dangerous animals, facing a dizzying arsenal of high-octane survival scenarios and travelling further across the mountains and down to the coast. Combined with ever changing weather conditions – from the harsh African sun to torrential rain and bitterly cold nights – this journey is the toughest Bear has ever set for celebrity survival rookies. 
The novices faced hunger, sleep deprivation and tasks designed to test their ability to adapt and survive in the wilderness. They were literally yanked out of their comfort zone from the get go by a helicopter using a Special Forces insertion technique and thrown into survival mode.
Bear set the celebrities daily missions, as they journeyed under the watchful guidance of expedition leader Meg Hine and former commando Scott Heffield. At the end of every episode Bear sent home the person who least displayed the qualities of a survivor: positivity, resourcefulness, courage and determination. Eventually in the final episode Bear narrowed it down to his one ultimate Mission Survivor. 
Bear said: “This is one of the toughest shows I have ever done - there was no let up for the celebrities from the get-go, having to work together and dig deeper than they might ever have imagined. But that’s the reality that genuine survivors face: dig deep or die.”
Bear continued: “The celebrities might be used to performing - whether it's on stage, TV or in a sporting arena, but the wild is the ultimate leveller and out in the mountains there was little room for egos. They had to work hard and face their fears every day, and for some of them it was just too hard both physically, mentally and emotionally. By the last episode we were down to just three, all hugely capable individuals, but at the end I chose one incredible Mission Survivor as the person that I believe shone the brightest.”
The 6 x 60 series was commissioned by ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell and entertainment commissioning editor Peter Davey. Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman, and David Harrison are the executive producers and Craig Blackhurst is the series editor. 
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive is a Bear Grylls Ventures/Electus/betty production for ITV.