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Channel 4 has commissioned a third series of its award-winning survival experiment The Island with Bear Grylls

Fronted by the adventurer, the reality format strands groups of individuals on an island where their survival skills are put to the test. The first series explored whether the role of modern man has dramatically altered in a few generations, while the show’s recently-aired second outing followed the progress of two separate islands, one inhabited by males and the other by females.

“It has been incredible to see the effect that The Island has not only on those who undergo the challenge themselves but also from so many millions of viewers around the world. It reminds us that when squeezed and stripped of everything, mankind and womankind still have an amazing spirit of resourcefulness, courage, and endurance, as well as an inspiring ability to form the closest of bonds with those alongside them going through hell. As a team we are ambitious to raise the bar for this third series and push the limits of human survival even further. Hold tight!” – Bear Grylls

Channel 4 is once more seeking a broad range of men and women who think they have what it takes to thrive in the challenging filming environment. The broadcaster notes that it received over 80,000 applications for the second series.

The first series saw average viewing figures of 3m (11%), and was consistently popular among the much sought-after 16-35 demographic. Series two grew to an average of 3.2m viewers, a 13.1% share.

“The Island with Bear Grylls is the ultimate survival challenge. It’s visceral, authentic and unpredictable and we’re delighted it has captured the public’s imagination. I’m thrilled to announce it will be returning.” – Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4, Liam Humphreys

To apply to take part in the third series go to channel4.com/theisland

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