We may not all be famous enough to be picked by Bear Grylls for a once-in-a-lifetime journey through dramatic wilderness, but we can all watch as he puts his latest celebrity travelling companions through their paces. The latest episodes of Running Wild are just part of a big week of programming on SBS sure to satisfy thrillseekers and armchair adventurers alike.
‘Running Wild: Don Cheadle’
Four seasons in and we know the drill by now – professional outdoorsman Bear Grylls convinces a big-name celebrity to accompany him on an insane two-day trek. But even though the premise is well established, as soon as Grylls starts shouting at the camera over the sound of helicopter rotors, it’s as thrilling as ever. Like many of Grylls’ previous victims companions, you can see actor Don Cheadle question how wise it was for him to agree to make this trip through the White Mountains in New England at a time when actual bears are coming out of hibernation.
Watch Running Wild: Don Cheadle on Monday 25 June at 8:30pm on SBS.
‘Robson Green’s Australian Adventure’
For an actor from the brisk northeast of England, the Australian outback is about as far out of Robson Green’s comfort zone as he can get, and in this four-part series, the star of Wire in the Blood and Grantchester journeys around our country to experience a side of life down under most British tourists don’t get to see. Each episode looks at far flung parts of either the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland or Western Australia, highlighting aspects of everyday Australian life that have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. Hope Green took out insurance before starting to film…
Watch Robson Green’s Australian Adventure on Wednesday 27 June at 7:30pm on SBS.
‘The World’s Most Dangerous Border’
Seventy years after Pakistan was created and divided from India by a 2000-mile long border, two journalists travel along either side of the divide to explore the nations that have so much in common but just as much, if not more, that keeps them often violently at odds. British-born Babita Sharma is of Indian heritage and follows the Indian side of the border from south to north, while Pakistani actor/writer/director Adnan Sarwar does the same in his homeland. Both investigate what life is like for those who live close to the border and how much has changed in the past seven decades.
Watch The World’s Most Dangerous Border on Wednesday 27 June at 8:30pm on SBS.
‘Running Wild: Keri Russell’
Grylls is back with The Americans and Felicity star Keri Russell on a two-day hike through the tough terrain of the Canary Islands. As well as the amazing scenery and the enjoyment gained by seeing genuine (and not performed) fear on the face of an actor, much of the appeal of this series comes when Grylls chats to his companion about their life and career. For celebrities like Russell, who must be able to autopilot their way through the endless interviews they’re required to do, chatting to Grylls in the middle of nowhere gets them to open up in a way you don’t often see.
Watch Running Wild: Keri Russell on Saturday 30 June at 9:35pm on SBS.