Bear Grylls: Mission Survive – ITV Filming Locations: Ex-Special Forces soldier and outdoor adventure expert Bear Grylls guides eight celebrities through a 12-day survival challenge.
Where is Bear Grylls Mission Survive filmed for ITV?
Described by Bear as “One of the harshest jungles that exists on our planet”, the new 2015 ITV reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive was filmed in the rainforests of Costa Rica.
This small Central American country, which has a population of around 4.5 million people, shares land boarders with Nicaragua to the north and Panama in the south (south-east). To the west lies the Pacific Ocean, with the Caribbean Sea situated to the east. Located in the centre of the country, the capital city of Costa Rica is San Jose.
Not one of the usual Costa Rican holiday destinations, the jungle provides a wide variety of challenges to the shows line-up of celebs. When asked by ITV why this particular filming location was selected, Bear said: “It is a tough gnarly jungle, there are high volcanoes, big rivers and a dramatic coastline that gave us the perfect variety of terrain over six journeys from up high to down low. Then of course there are snakes, crocodiles and scorpions in abundance in this most unforgiving of Central American jungles.”
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Celebrity Cast Lineup
Taking on the rainforests gruelling mix of terrain, climate and wildlife are:
Mike Tindall – Ex-England rugby player and husband of 15th in line to the throne, Zara Phillips.
Jamelia – Singer, TV personality and Loose Woman.
Emilia Fox – Actress (Silent Witness, The Wrong Mans, Cashback, The Casual Vacancy).
Dame Kelly Holmes – Double Olympic gold medal winning middle-distance runner.
Laurence Fox – Actor (Lewis, Wired, Island at War).
Max George – Singer with boy band The Wanted and actor in the TV series Glee.
Tom Rosenthal – Actor (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs, Breathless, Broadchurch)
Vogue Williams – Model, TV Presenter and DJ.
A step up from I’m a Celebrity, the premise of this new ITV series is probably more similar to Channel 4’s programme ‘Bear’s Wild Weekend’. There Bear is joined by a single celebrity for a weekend of wilderness survival. The difference with Mission Survive of course being Bear is now joined by eight celebs instead of one and the challenge takes place over a much longer 12-day period.
The series begins airing on Friday the 20th of February 2015 at 9:00pm on ITV.