Man vs. Wild also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls or Ultimate Survival , is a survival television series hosted by Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel . In the United Kingdom , the series is shown on both the Discovery Channel and on Channel 4 . The series is produced by British television production company Diverse Bristol.
The show was first broadcast on November 10, 2006
-Bear Grylls is one of the most well known and successful adventurers in the world. -At 23 he became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. -What makes this more amazing is that just two years before climbing Everest he broke his back in three places narrowly escaping a life of paralysis.
-He spent three years with the British Special Forces (21 SAS) -He is a best selling author and has written several books including "The Kid Who Climbed Everest" and Facing the Frozen Ocean". -He is currently the star of the show Man Vs Wild.
HIS ROLE The general format of each episode is the premise that Grylls is left stranded in a region. The episode documents his efforts to survive and find a way back to civilization, usually requiring an overnight shelter of some kind. Bear also tells about successful and failed survivals in the particular area which he is in.
Each episode takes about one week to ten days to shoot. Before each show the crew does about a week of reconnaissance, followed by Bear Grylls doing a flyover of the terrain. Grylls then undergoes two days of intensive survival briefings .
He is followed on the program by a cameraman (SIMON REAY )and a sound engineer (on most shows Paul Ritz ), also with a safety consultant.
CAMERA USED FOR FILMING
Panasonic HDC27 Varicam, Panasonic HVX200 P2 with Century wide angle adaptor, Panasonic AVC HD SD9 with Century Fish Eye adaptor and the Sony A1. certain places such as a climb or anything underwater they”ll use the HVX200.
The show has been criticized for fabricating some of the situations in which Grylls finds himself. In 2006 a Born Survivor crew member admitted that some scenes in episodes were misleading, indicating to viewers that Grylls was stranded in the wild alone when he was not.
RESPONSE TO CRITICS
In response to these early criticisms, Discovery and Channel 4 aired re-edited episodes, removing elements that were too planned, with a fresh voice-over and a preceding announcement pointing out that some situations are "presented to Bear to show the viewer how to survive".
REAL OR REEL
“ Episodes take about ten days to tape, explains Grylls: “The night stuff [shown on camera] is all done for real. But when I’m not filming I stay with the crew in some sort of base camp." Episodes now clarify when Grylls gets support from his crew and when situations are staged, “We should have done that from the start,” he says. “The more you see, the more real it feels.””
The Discovery Channel also responded to the criticism by issuing a statement
"The programme explicitly does not claim that presenter Bear Grylls' experience is one of unaided solo survival. For example, he often directly addresses the production team, including the cameraman, making it clear he is receiving an element of back-up."
INSPITE OF ALL ODDS
The program is a runaway hit.
Bear Grylls, above everything else, is entertaining and informative.
The show is easy to get hooked on, anyway. Kids love to watch it. The host really is an entertaining, creative, informed guy.
EPISODES SO FAR
SEASON 1-16 EPISODES (October 27, 2006 to July 20, 2007).
SEASON 2-13 EPISODES (November 9, 2007 to June 6, 2008).
SEASON 3-12 EPISODES (August 6, 2008 to February 23, 2009).
SEASON 4-13 EPISODES (June 2, 2009 to till now)
filming 'Worst Case Scenarios' in LA... And
It is due to air in May in USA...
LIKE SO MANY FANS WE WILL ALSO WAIT FOR THE THRILL!