TV preview:Piers Morgan’s - Life Stories: Bear Grylls

Piers Morgan chats to survival expert Bear Gryls.
Piers Morgan chats to survival expert Bear Gryls.
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We could all learn a thing or two from adventurer and all-round action man Bear Gryls.

For example, if you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with only the searing sun and a few circling vultures for company, you would do well to remember Bear’s top tips for survival.

Okay so chances are slim we’ll ever find ourselves in that position, but it can’t harm to expect the unexpected, can it?

Grylls is the final celebrity to chat to Piers Morgan in this short but sweet series of Life Stories, which kicked off with Alesha Dixon and last week heard from Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

Born Edward Michael Grylls in 1974 to politician Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Sarah Grylls, his nickname ‘Bear’ was given to him by elder sister, Lara, when he was just one week old.

After growing up in the Isle of Wight, Grylls was educated at Eton College, where he played a part in setting up its first mountaineering club.

He’d learned to climb and sail from a young age with his father, who was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In this hour-long peek into Grylls’ life, he opens up to Piers about his early years, and the trauma of being sent to boarding school, as well as his time spent serving in the SAS, and tells of his climb to the summit of Mount Everest aged just 23.

However, as he will explain on the programme, that magnificent expedition almost didn’t happen, thanks to a parachuting accident in which he broke three vertebrae 18 months earlier. He was told by his surgeon that he had come ‘within a whisker’ of being paralysed for life, and at this point not knowing whether he would ever walk again, Grylls spent the next year in and out of rehabilitation.

Thankfully, he’s lived to tell the tale - and he will do tonight - and his career went on to know no bounds.

Here is a man who has performed all manner of extreme survival challenges, including drinking his own urine, eating a goat’s testicles and sleeping inside a dead camel - and there’s no doubt Piers is going to have a few probing questions about that little lot.

The challenges came as part and parcel of his hugely successful Born Survivor: Bear Grylls series, as he demonstrated tips for survival in some of the world’s most inhospitable places. Numerous series have followed suit (earlier this year, Channel 4 aired reality series The Island with Bear Grylls).

PIERS MORGAN’S – LIFE STORIES: BEAR GRYLS, ITV, Friday 9pm

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