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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive

  • Episode: 

    6 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 07 Apr 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 14 2016 : Sat 02 Apr - Fri 08 Apr
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  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode 6
It’s Day 11 and three celebrities are on the final leg of the journey. So far, they have endured and overcome everything that Bear has thrown at them, but who will prove themselves to be his ultimate Mission Survivor?
The day begins with Meg and Scott stripping back the celebrities’ kit– including rations. Just getting to their first mission is a test of nerve - the celebrities face a traverse around the rocky coastline. Attached to a rope they must navigate the edge of cliff faces. When they eventually reach Bear, they must get across a military Commando Crawl. Suspended 80ft above the crashing waves, and at 131ft long – this will push them to their physical limits. 
For their next challenge the tide is rushing in fast and the group have 20 minutes to forage in the shallows and remaining rock pools for as much seafood as they can find. 
With the final day approaching, the group are joined around the campfire by Bear, Meg and Scott to reflect on the challenges they have faced over the last 11 days.
Day 12 the final day – or is it? Bear presents the celebrities with two surprises to see how they react to adversity.  Who will break and who will remain positive? 
The celebrities go straight into their penultimate challenge: making fire – a primary skill for a survivor. 
Finally, they must race to the top of a 65ft high cliff face.  It’s their most technical climb to date. Using a Jumar – a mountaineering technique used to conquer sheer rock faces - the celebrities must pull themselves to the peak. Who will show the grit and skill needed to shine? Who will be Bear’s Mission Survivor?
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.