The Island with Bear Grylls is back! The ultimate survival challenge that abandons ordinary Britons on an uninhabited island in the Pacific, will return for a third series this Spring to Channel 4.
Over 135,000 people auditioned to take part in the show, with just 16 chosen to battle the Island.
However, this year they’ll be added pressure and strains with it being an El Nino year meaning the 16 will battle against extreme weather conditions, environmental hazards and severely limited resources.
Talking about the new series, Bear revealed the success of the first two series’ was a surprise. “The second season got something like 70,000 and everyone was freaking out going “It’s unprecedented to have that many people apply!” And then by this season it was up to 135,000 – it’s amazing and a great privilege.”
“The Island isn’t just about survival, it’s a medium to show us what people are like both on their own and in groups. And this season plays to all of those even more strongly, because now we’re mixing it big time.”
“People have said “Oh my God, if you put men and women on an island together, it’s going to be carnage. And in many ways it was carnage, but not always in the way you might expect. The outcome was very affirming by the end, but at times painful to watch.”
In an unexpected twist for many of the men and women, the experiment will break new ground by dropping eight members of each gender on the same land mass – but on different sides of the Island too.
They’ll all be unaware of the other’s existence unless they manage to find the other group of their own accord!
Bear explained the twist a little more “We put them on in two groups – women, and then on the other side of the island, men. Neither group knew the other was there, and it takes them a while to find each other.”
“The 2 groups didn’t meet until after they’d been in their respective groups for a few days, and the fireworks followed from that. People are so on the edge, anything that rocks the boat is going to be difficult. But it’s also not what you’d expect.”
“With the men and women together, you’d think it would be all about sex, but these people are on the edge, they have so many more important things on their mind – literally day-to-day survival: thirst, hunger, bites, fatigue and fear.”
The Island returns to Channel 4 soon.