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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

  • Episode: 

    4 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 24 Mar 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 12 2016 : Sat 19 Mar - Fri 25 Mar
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Episode 4
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Now at the halfway point the celebrities have moved on from the African Bush and are now deep into coastal forest, but with a different environment, comes different threats and the wonder of nature is fast losing its appeal.
Bear walks into the camp earlier than usual and he has a surprise for the rookie survivors that they will not want to miss - they are just 30 feet away from three elephants. 
Shortly after their surprise encounter, the group are faced with their first task – drinking fluid extracted from elephant dung. Bear wants to show them that even in the direst of situations – if you keep your wits about you – you will find options. 
Mission one, and the celebrities are led to a canyon: a thumping waterfall, and fast flowing water greets them. Bear appoints a leader for the group – clear leadership is something this group has been lacking. They must work together and overcome their fears to make it to the bottom of the canyon. Bear has also left some bush food for them along the way – some rats. Will they think like survivors and take the rats with them, or will revulsion get the better of them?
As they bed down for the night, the mood amongst the celebrities is strained and leads to an argument in camp. 
It’s a new day, and the survivors face their most dangerous mission so far. As well as descending a terrifying 200ft vertical rock face, they must climb across to the pinnacle, before abseiling down the other side
As the threat of elimination hangs over them, which celebrity will be sent home by Bear and who will continue on Mission Survive?
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.