The Island with Bear Grylls

The Island with Bear Grylls

Series 5 - Episode 1



The Island has form when it comes to stirring the social pot. Previous series have split islanders based on age or gender, but now contestants on the survivalist show are being divided based on pay. Bear limply asks if “wealth and privilege shape who we really are”, as one group earning £100,000 a year and another earning less than the national average are stranded on opposite ends of an island.

Inevitably, there’s friction when the two groups meet, with art dealer Barnes (no prizes for guessing which camp he’s in) saying: “When I saw them coming down the beach, it was like a northern dole bus had broken down.” One can only hope that as the series progresses, so do his attitudes.


The survival challenge returns with two separate groups being abandoned at opposite ends of a remote uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, with the 16 Islanders facing extreme tropical weather, limited resources and environmental hazards. One team of castaways consists of professionals living off an average income of £100,000 a year, while the members of other earn below the UK national average wage. In the first episode, Bear Grylls drops them off in caiman-infested mangroves and deep water.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Bear Grylls
Executive Producer Tom Williams
Series Editor Tom Fulford