The UK's ITV has ordered a pair of specials hosted by Bear Grylls featuring former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson and former boxer Nicola Adams.
In Bear & Jonny Wilkinson’s Wild Adventure and Bear & Nicola Adams’ Wild Adventure, Jonny and Nicola will join Bear to "battle the wild and push their physical and mental limits." From rock climbing, rappelling, abseiling to crossing ice cold rivers, the stars will also learn the key basic survival skills necessary to survive in the grueling and harsh terrain of Dartmoor.
And as you might expect in a Bear Grylls/celebrity adventure special, a fair amount of each episode will include Bear getting to know his companions by speaking to them about their lives, achievements, key life moments, as well as their hopes for the future. And of course, Bear will be sourcing some wilderness survival food to sustain them through the journeys.
"Both Jonny and Nicola are icons of their sports, and for me to be able to find out about their journey to stardom and their struggles along the way was a real privilege," said Bear Grylls in a statement announcing the programs. "The wild is a great leveler and also revealer, and to share this adventure with both these legends was special. I admire their tenacity and willingness to talk so honestly. They both shone bright out there."
Nicola Adams added: "Being on Bear Grylls Wild Adventures was a surreal experience – it’s a challenge I’ve always wanted to do and be a part of. I love getting out of my comfort zone but this was unlike anything I’ve done before. I’m grateful to Bear and the rest of the team for helping me through this and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we got up to."
Amanda Stavri Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV said: "Viewers can expect an adrenaline fueled quest as we see the ultimate adventurer Bear Grylls challenge rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson and sporting inspiration Nicola Adams. I'm excited to watch them being pushed to their limits in the wild and seeing them like we've never seen them before."
Bear & Jonny Wilkinson’s Wild Adventure and Bear & Nicola’s Wild Adventure come from Dragonfly Film & TV and The Natural Studios (Banijay UK companies) for ITV. They are executive produced by Tom Currie for Dragonfly TV & Film, by Bear Grylls & Delbert Shoopman for The Natural Studios and directed by Ewen Thomson. They were commissioned by Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV. Both episodes are being distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.