Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls heads to the Sahara with 11 volunteers to find out what being in the French Foreign Legion is really like

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Bear Grylls heads to the Sahara with 11 volunteers to find out what being in the French Foreign Legion is really like

Series 1 Summary

For generations the French Foreign Legion has been romanticised as a refuge for men seeking a second chance in life. But what is it really like?

Bear Grylls sets off for the Sahara desert to find out. Along with 11 other volunteers, from ex-criminals to struggling businessmen, Bear puts himself through a month's brutal training at an ex-Legion fort in the Western Sahara that is designed to replicate the rigours of the Legion's own basic training.

The recruits discover the truth behind the Beau Geste image about the unique military culture that makes the Legion among the toughest fighting forces in the world.

  • Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls

    Episode 1

    In the scalding heat of the desert it becomes apparent that many of the men fall short of the physical and psychological qualities they need to survive their training.

    Bear's job is to get them all through intact. The trainers have other ideas. It's a rude awakening for the new arrivals, as they endure physical breakdown, mental exhaustion and torturous sleep deprivation.

    Within 24 hours, one recruit bails out, another ends up in hospital and the rest face the terrible prospect of an agonising climb up a wall of scorching sand.

  • Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls

    Episode 2

    ...Grylls: Adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls attempts to guide 11 recruits through the brutal month-long Saharan training regime of the legendary French Foreign Legion.

  • Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls

    Episode 3

    ...Grylls: Halfway through and three of the recruits have already left and the remaining volunteers are dropping like flies with the medics battling to keep them on their feet.

  • Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls

    Episode 4

    ...Grylls: It's the final week of training for the recruits who volunteered to spend a month with adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls. Find out who made it through to the bitter end.

Escape to the Legion with Bear Grylls synopsis

Bear Grylls heads to the Sahara with 11 volunteers to find out what being in the French Foreign Legion is really like

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