Channel 4 has commissioned a documentary in which Bear Grylls attempts to discover what it means to be a man in 2014.
In the Island of Lost Blokes, 12 male volunteers are stripped of all the comforts of civilisation, and cast away on a remote deserted island for four weeks – completely alone. Basic rations of food and water will run out quickly – then they will have to work for their very survival.
This is Lord of the flies meets Bear Grylls meets Darwin’s survival of the fittest. Man has moved further and further from his hunter-gatherer origins. We take food, shelter, warmth for granted; we barely have to expend any time and energy to get them. I want to find out what happens when you strip people of all the comforts of modern life – does 21st century man still have it in him to fight for his survival? – Bear Grylls
Bear will discover if modern man has lost the ability to be practical – even when their lives depend on it. Can extreme circumstances force them to reconnect with latent practical skills?
The men chosen may hanker after a simpler life, a romantic vision of the outdoors; but can they even catch their own dinner and build their own shelter?
Without the luxuries of 21st century living, can modern man cut it? And what will they find out about themselves when life as they know it is stripped bare and they face the daily fears and brutalities of survival?
Could I survive on a desert island” is a question many modern men ask themselves. This hard core adventure series promises to examine, in the most arresting and authentic way, how tough and creative we really are today. – Liam Humphreys, Head of Factual Entertainment at Channel 4