Treasure Island with Bear Grylls: When does it start? How many episodes?

Survival expert and former SAS serviceman Bear Grylls is back on Channel 4 tonight (September 8) to put 12 brave new contestants through their paces on a remote island. Bear’s been doing this for the past few years on The Island with Bear Grylls but this year there’s a twist as £100,000 is now at stake. Here’s all the information on the new series, from when it gets underway to how many episodes there will be.

When does Treasure Island with Bear Grylls start?

The first episode will air on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.

At the same time, fans can live stream the episode via All4 to ensure they don’t miss a moment.

Treasure Island will then be repeated on Channel 4 and 4seven throughout the week ahead of the second episode next Sunday (September 15).

How many episodes of Treasure Island are there?

Bear Grylls’ new series consists of six action-packed and tear-filled episodes.

In the first episode of the series, fans will meet the 12 new contestants.

The new faces heading to the remote island are:

  • Marco, 30
  • Mano, 42
  • Elissa, 33
  • Emily, 30
  • Jim, 51
  • Cat, 28
  • Morag, 58
  • Irene, 75
  • Ivar, 55
  • Jack, 24
  • Ruby, 20
  • Ben, 27

By the sixth episode of the series, fans will discover which Islander will pocket the prize fund.

Speaking of the change in format, Bear told Channel 4 why the decision to introduce the cash was made.

He said: “This is something I’ve wanted to do with the show for a while. It’s been a natural evolution, you know?

“With season one the whole premise was just totally original, then we’ve gone through so many of the big things in society that are powerful and relevant for people, from ageism to wealth to gender and this was the last one that we purposefully, I personally, held back until now.

“But we always knew, it’s such a powerful force in all of our lives and it can have such pull for good and bad that once we introduced this it would be a whole new level.

“It feels like it’s happening at the right time, having done these other angles on the show before, but this one was always going to be a crowning glory really. What happened was amazing, it really was.”

Not only does the new series see a change in format but arguably introduces the most diverse line-up to date.

This year’s oldest contestant is a 75-year-old jam-maker while the youngest is a 20-year-old waitress.

There’s also a double glazing salesman in the mix alongside a paediatric neurosurgeon.

Treasure Island with Bear Grylls starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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