'The girls had it a lot tougher than the guys on The Island' - Bear Grylls
Survival expert Bear Grylls has said the female contestants in his new show, The Island, had a tougher time than the men.
The second series of the Channel 4 show now features two islands, divided on gender lines, and Grylls said his ideas about what would happen were all wrong.
“I had various different theories beforehand about what was going to happen, but the truth is none of those were right,” he said.
“It was a bit gender stereotypical at the start – the men were like Rambo, desperate to get on there and flex some muscle.
“I feed them before I go and say, ‘Eat the crisps, eat the nuts, trust me – you’re going to need them’, and they’re gorging. The women were going, ‘Oh, I might just have one’.
“I dropped them off and thought, ‘This is going to get messy’. There was lots of oohing and aahing.”
Grylls said the women took a long time to start working together, which caused them problems.
“I thought they’d get the community aspect of it really fast. I was surprised how long it took them to focus on shelter,” he said.
“They suffered because of it. They were teetering on the edge of survival for quite some time.
“What happened, though, was that by the time they realised the game of survival is a hard one and they had to get on with it, they were beaten-up, dehydrated and starving.
“I look at this experience they went through and I think in many ways the women had a tougher time.
“But they proved themselves by the end.
“Those that remained – and they weren’t all there – earned that respect the hard way through endeavour, sweat, courage, graft, community, kindness, humility.
“All of these are the things that we think, ‘Does that matter in survival?’ The answer is, ‘Yes’. They showed it in spades.”
The second series of The Island With Bear Grylls starts on Channel 4 and Channel 4 HD at 9pm tonight and tomorrow, with two episodes a week, one following the men, one following the women.