The Island 2017 begins and some contestants are already in danger

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The Island with Bear Grylls 2017 begins tonight on Channel 4 and there's danger from the off.

This year’s Islanders come from a range of backgrounds and careers. An electrician, florist, shop owner, retired police officer and an 18-year-old gap year student will be joined by a hard working 66-year-old businessman and a 50-year-old Detective Constable amongst others.

In a first for the show, they will be split by their ages and live on two separate islands.

Neither group is aware the other exists on the nearby island, but will they find one another?

The Island 2017 cast
The Island 2017 cast

In tonight's first episode of the series, as they struggle to establish their respective camps, the older group’s water supply runs dry.

Facing dehydration, they have no choice but to find a new camp and flee their island. But will they make it to the larger neighbouring island, and what will happen if they discover the younger group?

Meanwhile during the six part series, survival takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of storm season. Facing Mother Nature at her most ferocious, our castaways have to face violent and brutal weather conditions.

As usual, the group of contestants film everything themselves with camera operators amongst the cast and all the Islanders are equipped with personal video recorders too.

And as with the previous three seasons, islanders receive key survival training prior to being left on the island. Though it has been ensured by Bear’s team that the island has sufficient indigenous resources to sustain the Islanders - it’s up to the old and young groups to use their initiative to find and exploit these resources.

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls

Bear says: “The Island doesn't care where you're from or what your job is. It just requires you to work hard and be kind to each other.

"People on The Island look at me a bit strangely at the beginning when I say it comes down to courage and kindness, but they're two words that we underestimate how important they are in real life.”

The Island with Bear Grylls airs at 9PM tonight on Channel 4 and continues Monday.

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