Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Bear Grylls
(Friday, September 19, ITV, 9pm)
What’s It All About? Adventurer and all-round action man Bear 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.
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.
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.