Mutiny on Channel 4: What's it all about and when does it start?

Mutiny air date on Channel 4.

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Mutiny is a new historical reality TV series coming to Channel 4 in 2017, starting this week.

But what it's all about?


Well it's going to be one epic show as Channel 4 challenges a group of today's men to recreate the Mutiny on the Bounty of 1789.

The unique experiment will see the men having to recreate one of the greatest feats of human adventure and endurance in history.

For those that didn't pay attention in history class, during the mutiny on the HMS Bounty, its captain Captain William Bligh and his loyal crewmen were cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean and left for dead. In a remarkable act of seamanship Bligh led his crew to safety across 4,000 miles of ocean from Tonga to Timor.

In Channel 4's Mutiny, a total of nine 21st century men will out on the same gruelling journey in a replica 23ft open wooden boat, with similar equipment and the same rations of food and water that Bligh’s men had.

They’ll also make use of the 225-year-old diary kept by Bligh during the voyage as a survival handbook, to help them uncover the secrets of the seas in such unpredictable, often, brutal environments. Like Bligh’s crew they will face sudden storms, treacherous reefs and the challenge of landing on isolated tropical islands to hunt for vital supplies.

However there is one slight difference from what happened in the late 1700s: A whole host of cameras in the boat filming every moment.

Anthony Middleton, who you may know from SAS: Who Dares Wins, will assume the role of Captain Bligh and will lead the expedition.

His crew is made up of both sailors and complete novices who have never set sailed before – the ship’s carpenter is an odd job man and the ship’s surgeon a GP. As the voyage progresses the crew will be constantly challenged by raging seas, starvation rations, and the confined space of the boat.

When does Mutiny start on Channel 4?

The start date for Mutiny on Channel 4 has been revealed as Monday, March 6 at 9PM.


The show will run for a total of five episodes.

Commissioning Editor Rob Coldstream said: “Mutiny is a hugely bold and ambitious project. It’s not only an intense survival challenge in its own right, with jaw-drop locations and stunning visuals – it’s also an exciting new way of getting under the skin one of history's great adventure stories in a way that feels genuinely distinctive.”

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