Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls

Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls is a spin-off series of The Island with Bear Grylls. It was first broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a charity campaign for Stand Up to Cancer UK in September 2016.[1] The show has the same format as The Island with Bear Grylls, in which the participants are left on a remote uninhabited Pacific island with only limited water, some basic tools and training and are expected to find their own food, water and shelter. The celebrities however stayed on the island for a shorter period of two weeks.[2] A second series began airing on 29 August 2017.[3] The second series saw the celebrities stay on the island for a longer amount of time, four weeks.

Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls
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Titles cards from the second series
StarringBear Grylls
Narrated byBear Grylls
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes15
Executive producerRod Williams
ProducerJohn Joe Bardsley
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companiesShine Television
Bear Grylls Ventures
Original networkChannel 4
Original release18 September 2016 (2016-09-18) –
Related showsThe Island with Bear Grylls
External links
Official website

It was announced in July 2018 that a third series would be produced, and it aired starting on 9 September 2018.[4]

It has been confirmed that Celebrity the Island with Bear Grylls would return for a fourth series in 2020. However in April 2020 it was confirmed that due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that both the celebrity and civilian series would both be postponed until 2021[5]

Series overviewEdit

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 4 18 September 2016 9 October 2016
2 5 29 August 2017 26 September 2017
3 6 9 September 2018[6] 7 October 2018
4 TBC 2021 2021

Series 1 (2016)Edit

At the end of the third series, a celebrity series was confirmed, and was broadcast in September and October 2016 in aid of Cancer Research UK's Stand Up to Cancer campaign. The first series consisted of four 60 minutes episodes. The series saw 10 celebrities live on the island for two weeks. Aston Merrygold could not cope with living on the island and left in the first episode,[7] while Thom Evans left the following after finding the lack of food difficult.[8]


The ten celebrities participating on the series were:[9]

Name Known for
Aston Merrygold (walked) Former JLS singer
Dr. Dawn Harper Presenter of Embarrassing Bodies
Dom Joly Comedian and star of Trigger Happy TV
Josie Long Stand up comedian and presenter
Karen Danczuk Television personality
Lydia Bright The Only Way Is Essex star
Mark Jenkins Star of The Hotel
Ollie Locke Former Made in Chelsea star
Thom Evans (walked) Rugby Player and model
Zöe Salmon Former Blue Peter presenter

Series 2 (2017)Edit

It was confirmed on This Morning on ITV that a second series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls would be produced. The second series started airing on 29 August 2017 on Channel 4.[10] The second series is longer with the celebrities staying on the island for 4 weeks, 2 weeks more than series one.

In the second episode, RJ Mitte decided to quit after the safety team arrived to help the group cope with torrential rain. Mitte was unhappy with the disorganisation of the group, suggesting that the other participants would be "eaten" within days had the survival situation been "real".[11] Both Sharron Davies and Jordan Stephens left in the following episode unable to cope with the conditions on the island.[12] Mark Watson left after suffering from severe chest pains and insomnia in the final episode, and claimed after the show that he almost died and that his stay on the island had left him in a poor state.[13]


Name Known for
Iwan Thomas The One Show reporter and retired sprinter
Jordan Stephens (walked) Rizzle Kicks member
Lucy Mecklenburgh Model and former The Only Way Is Essex star
Mark Watson (walked) Comedian and author
Melody Thornton Former The Pussycat Dolls singer
RJ Mitte (walked) Actor and former Breaking Bad star
Ryan Thomas Former Coronation Street actor
Dr. Sara Kayat This Morning doctor
Sharron Davies (walked) Retired swimmer
Shazia Mirza Stand-up comedian

Series 3 (2018)Edit

It was confirmed on This Morning on ITV that a third series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls would be produced. The series was also now not part of Stand Up to Cancer, but a standalone series. Roxanne Pallett left in the first episode (day 5) after a panic attack due to smoke from the camp fire that reminded her of a childhood house fire.[14] Next to leave was Paris Lees after she was criticised for her effort on the island as well as conflict with Eric Roberts.[15] Montana Brown then left not being able to cope, criticising Bear Grylls and other participants.[16] The rest stayed until the end, although Pete Wicks refused to allow his fellow participants eat a pig, and he was bitten on his finger by a nurse shark he had caught in his net.[17]


Name Known for
Anthony Ogogo Boxer
Eric Roberts Actor
James Cracknell Rower
Jo Wood Model & ex-wife of Ronnie Wood
Martin Kemp Former EastEnders actor & Spandau Ballet bassist
Montana Brown (walked) Love Island 2017
Paris Lees (walked) Journalist
Pete Wicks The Only Way Is Essex star
Roxanne Pallett (walked) Former Emmerdale actress
Saleyha Ahsan Doctor & journalist


All figures are the total including +1.[18]

Series 1 (2016)Edit

Total No. Title Original air date UK viewers
11Episode 118 September 2016 (2016-09-18)3.16
22Episode 225 September 2016 (2016-09-25)2.98
33Episode 32 October 2016 (2016-10-02)2.55
44Episode 49 October 2016 (2016-10-09)2.74

Series 2 (2017)Edit

Total No. Title Original air date UK viewers
51Episode 129 August 2017 (2017-08-29)2.66
62Episode 25 September 2017 (2017-09-05)2.50
73Episode 312 September 2017 (2017-09-12)2.49
84Episode 419 September 2017 (2017-09-19)2.29
95Episode 526 September 2017 (2017-09-26)2.35
106Surviving the Island26 September 2017 (2017-09-26)1.13

Series 3 (2018)Edit

Total No. Title Original air date UK viewers
111Episode 1: Arrival9 September 2018 (2018-09-09)2.59
122Episode 2: Conflict and Storms16 September 2018 (2018-09-16)2.47
133Episode 3: Meat or Fish?23 September 2018 (2018-09-23)2.21
144Episode 4: Hunger & a Pig30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)2.21
155Episode 5: The End7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)2.47
166Episode 6: Surviving The Island7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)N/A

Series 4 (2021)Edit

It has been confirmed that Celebrity the Island with Bear Grylls would return for a fourth series in 2020. However in April 2020 it was confirmed that due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that both the celebrity and civilian series would both be postponed until 2021[20]


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