It’s the toughest reality show on television – and now, The Island With Bear Grylls is about to get a whole lot tougher and we have a UK Cypriot 24 year old heating and plumbing engineer Jack Tyrimos from Southgate.

 The stakes are even higher for the 12 strangers who swap the modern comforts of the normal world to put their survival instincts to the test, as they are forced to brave the elements on a remote island.

Here’s everything you need to know about Treasure Island with Bear Gryllsthat had its opener programme on Sunday.

The motley crew of Islanders include a relative to the royal family, a former reality TV star and the oldest participant ever. The 12 contestants are:

  1. Marco, 30, Photographer and graphic designer
  2. Mano, 42,  Paediatric Neurosurgeon
  3. Elissa, 33, writer
  4. Emily, 30, Dental nurse
  5. Jim, 50, Managing a consulting business for building projects
  6. Cat, 28, nurse
  7. Morag, 58, runs a portfolio of properties
  8. Irene, 75, self-employed
  9. Jack, 24, plumbing and heating
  10. Ivar, 55, runs the Bridwell Park estate
  11. Ruby, 20, waitress supervisor
  12. Ben, 27, salesman

Where is Treasure Island with Bear Grylls filmed?

The show is usually filmed on a remote uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean.

Several Islands off the coast of Panama have been home to our contestants over the month-long period.

How has the format changed?

This time, the stakes are higher as £100,000 in cash has now been hidden across the Island.

The Islanders will not only have to survive the gruelling island, with hopefuls now having to be pushed to their very limits to find the ‘treasure’.

However, it is not simply a case of finders keepers for the castaways: if they leave early, they must leave empty-handed. Only those who make it to the very end can keep their share of any prize money they find.

It adds a fascinating new dynamic to the programme, begging the question of whether the Islanders will work together to bank as much cash as possible, or leave the weak behind in the ultimate survival of the fittest.

On the change, Bear Grylls explained, “this radical new twist on the Island experience will test whether human nature really is ruled by the quest for financial gain, or whether co-operation and altruism in the face of adversity can bring their own reward.

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