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    Channel 4 - The Island

    Anyone watch this? Started on Monday and will track 13 average blokes dropped on a small Pacific island for 4 weeks with not much more than the clothes they're wearing; a couple of knives and machetes; no food or shelter materials; and only enough water for 24 hours. Think they've had 1 day of survival training and that's it. 2 of the participants are also the cameramen so you can't accuse them of having a full production crew on hand complete with luxury trailers and a beer fridge a la 'I'm a Celebrity'!

    A half hour after being dropped in the mangroves they reached their first camp site and found a boa constrictor. I'm yelling at the TV to kill it and Mrs F thinks I'm just being blood thirsty. Needless to say they don't and by end of day two they are all starving and one bloke has resorted to eating a small scorpion!

    It took them about 14 hours on day two to succeed in lighting a fire using a bow drill and only then could they boil the standing water they had found or else the whole thing was going to come to a very quick end!

    Looks like it could be quite entertaining. Bet they wish they'd killed the snake though

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    I thought that about the snake
    Looks very well produced for just two camera guys though. I'm amazed that channel four have shown something where they kill and eat a crocodile for nothing other than our light entertainment.
    Its so easy to sit watching it getting angry at how incompetent they are but hard to imagine in reality how you'd get better results as it's definitely a team effort.
    I'd have made an attempt at takin charge, got shouted down and then gone off on my own in a huff I reckon

    No 'Ghillie girls' but definitely better than most tv around at the mo that's for sure.

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    I also thought that the snake would of become a meal but I'm not sure if they quite understand the extremem lengths that they are going to have to go to in order to survive. Will be watching next week to see how things develop.

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    Was it just me. But why did they not realise that two members of the group had glasses on! They could have had that fire going (obviously once the sun came up) in a couple of minutes.....
    Lots of shouting at the TV.. worth a giggle

    Win Mod 70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosshair243 View Post
    I'd have made an attempt at takin charge, got shouted down and then gone off on my own in a huff I reckon
    I think the retired Yorkshire polis has already tried that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam_Muirhead View Post
    I also thought that the snake would of become a meal but I'm not sure if they quite understand the extremem lengths that they are going to have to go to in order to survive. Will be watching next week to see how things develop.
    That's exactly it! Admittedly we had the benefit of Bear Gryll's commentary reminding us how quickly it can all go 'breasts ascending' in a genuine hostile survival situation but I think the reality of having to focus all your energy and thought to securing the basics of water, food and shelter will soon hit home. As it looks 100% genuine I reckon it will be bloody hard going which should make for some good TV!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Win Mod 70 View Post
    Was it just me. But why did they not realise that two members of the group had glasses on! They could have had that fire going (obviously once the sun came up) in a couple of minutes.....
    Lots of shouting at the TV.. worth a giggle

    Win Mod 70
    That reminds me of a survival programme I watched years ago, where one of the contestants spent ages and a lot of breath inflating a plastic bag to use as a flotation device.... when all he had to do is open the end up and waft it over his head to instantly fill it with air.
    "It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosshair243 View Post
    I thought that about the snake
    Looks very well produced for just two camera guys though. I'm amazed that channel four have shown something where they kill and eat a crocodile for nothing other than our light entertainment.
    Its so easy to sit watching it getting angry at how incompetent they are but hard to imagine in reality how you'd get better results as it's definitely a team effort.
    I'd have made an attempt at takin charge, got shouted down and then gone off on my own in a huff I reckon

    No 'Ghillie girls' but definitely better than most tv around at the mo that's for sure.

    +1 on everything you said... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Win Mod 70 View Post
    Was it just me. But why did they not realise that two members of the group had glasses on! They could have had that fire going (obviously once the sun came up) in a couple of minutes.....
    Lots of shouting at the TV.. worth a giggle

    Win Mod 70
    good shout indeed... missed that one and i see myself as a bit of a bushcraftsman! my mind was more on all the plastic bottles and other rubbish available, an abundance of water and very hot sun... a still would have had a potentially faster on-time allbeit a slower option in the longrun.. definately the safest! but then, I don't think any of them were expecting to take so long to get a fire going
    Last edited by Vipa; 07-05-2014 at 12:51.

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    I too took up shouting at the telly about using specs to light the fire. From the trailer it looks like they do a bit of gator wrestling next week. Talking of the policemen did you see the programme after...never seen a truncheon used that way before!!

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    a couple of us applied for it when it was first advertised and got down to screen tests but deliberately they selected people that had to adapt or die!!

    to be fair, if it was some of us on there. We'd have split into 3 groups, one getting food for dinner, one on shelter and setting out the deck chairs and the other group on scavenging and finding water. All those coconut palms and they were getting dehydrated and hungry after day 1 lol!!

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