This post is to recommend a program that finished a couple of weeks ago but was brilliant viewing from start to finish (and can still be found on YouTube - although I'm sure there is one without adverts on there somewhere).
The Island With Bear Grylls.
To be honest I was initially put off by the addition of Bear Grylls but luckily he's not in it very much, just a few talking head moments and a little intro that you can fast forward.
The premise of the show is to leave two groups of people, 14 men and 14 women, on two separate islands with the most basic of kits, no food and only enough water to survive a day and see how they do. What sets this programme apart from others in a similar vein is that even the camera men and women are involved and are going through the exact same experiences.
What makes it really interesting is seeing how people react when they're surviving on so few calories each day (average less than 400 per day) and how they either pull together as a team or fall apart. Both sets of programmes (they run as either the men's island or the women's island) will have you watching them in very different ways. The women will have you screaming at the TV for the silly things they do and for the little bits of extra help they seem to be having (like the tame piglets that happen to walk up to them - lunch anyone?) and the fact that they get lost for about four days. The men handle it better, build camp, find food but have lots of in fighting, they enjoy some great moments as well.
Really interesting programme and anyone who has an interest in survival would really enjoy it. It can also be found through the Channel Four website but you need to give your details and subscribe (not sure if that works if you don't live in the UK).
What do you think - could you survive on an island like that for 6 weeks? I'd love to have a go but I could never leave my girls for that long at the age they are, maybe when they're older!
Did anyone else watch it?