The Island to return for second series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 May 2014
Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls' Channel 4 survival show 'The Island' has been renewed for a second series after defying critics with high viewing figures

Bear Grylls' 'The Island' will return for a second series.

The Channel 4 show, which sees 13 men attempting to survive on a remote island with a limited supply of water and only a few weapons to hunt for food, has defied critics by receiving a renewal.

Channel 4's Liam Humphreys said: "It's a brilliant concept which has exceeded our expectations. We are delighted to be bringing back Bear's experiment.

"I can't wait to watch another group face the ultimate survival challenge."

'The Island' was criticised by some viewers who claimed producers had provided the men with more water and had let two crocodiles, one of which the men killed and ate, loose on the island.

However, Channel 4 has defended the show by reassuring viewers that they had simply ensured the tropical island had enough water, animals and vegetation to keep them alive if they could use their survival instincts.

Speaking about the shows renewal, Grylls told The Sun newspaper: "Series one is proving that it is one of the toughest survival shows on television ... I'm so excited to take the next group on this adventure in series two and see if they too have the will to go through the hardship and fight for their very survival."

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