The Island with Bear Grylls fake? How it's set up and filmed

How is The Island filmed and made?

The Island with Bear Grylls: Series 2

As Island with Bear Grylls started its fifth series tonight and here's just how its filmed and made.

This year's series has seen the contestants split into two groups based on their wage in a new twist.

There have been claims of fakery from some viewers but Bear and his team have been very transparent about how the show works.

As with the celebrity series of The Island, the Island sees a number of Brits dropped off on an inhabited island.

Before the show kicked off, Bear and his team prepped the island to make sure that it could - in theory at least - support the contestants for the duration.

The Island with Bear Grylls: Series 2

In past series, this has included adding extra wildlife and vegetation indigenous to the area including water sources, paca, turkeys, iguanas, caiman, boa constrictors, coconuts, sugar cane and yucca.

But Bear insists that it is still up to the Islanders to find these resources and exploit them.

The contestants are also provided with some starting supplies which typically include six knives, six machetes, fishing equipment, head torches, whistles, and a medical kit.

And before the show, the contestants were given a two day crash course in survival including basic first aid, lighting fires, water purification and the humane dispatch of animals. They also received basic health and safety training.

The Islanders also each have an emergency satellite phone to contact Bear and his team in case of real problems.

In addition, one of the contestants on The Island is a qualified doctor.

When it comes to how The Island is filmed, recording is undertaken completely by the contestants themselves using a range of equipment.

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A number of the islanders are trained camera operators, taking part in the show like any other contestant.

But everyone had a go at shooting both with handheld cameras and GoPro cameras attached to them having been given some basic film training before starting.

The five weeks of footage was then edited to the show that airs on Channel 4 at 9PM, Monday nights and online at All4.

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