It claims to be a survival show in which 13‘ordinary’ men are marooned on a desert island to fend for themselves for amonth.
Yesterday however TV adventurer Bear Gryllsand Channel 4 found themselves embroiled in a fakery row over The Island afterit emerged that several of the contestants are professionals used to thrivingin extreme conditions – and some of the scenes have been staged.
In last week’s opening episode， thedehydrated camp-mates were seen running out of time to find a source of freshdrinking water.
When they eventually located one， viewers were not told that the murky supplywas in fact a rubber-lined pool put there by the production crew.
It has also transpired that two caimans – aspecies of crocodile – were let loose for the group to catch.
This was not disclosed in the broadcast.
Introducing the first episode of thefive-part series， Grylls said he wanted to ‘find out what happens if you stripa man of all the luxuries and conveniences of modern living and then force himto fight for his existence’.
He claimed that the contestants were‘ordinary men about to be abandoned on a Pacific island with just the clothesthey stand up in and a few tools’.
Nine were introduced in the first episode:call centre worker Ryan McHugh， 21 ex-police officer Tony Fletcher， 70leakage engineer Craig Brown， 26 hairdresser Dean Smith， 24 neurologist SamNightingale， 33 sheep farmer Joe Birch， 23 IT trainer Mike Fletcher， 37actor Sackie Osakonor， 28 and business coach Christopher Barrow， 60.
第一集中出现了九个人，分别是21岁的呼叫中心员工Ryan McHugh；以前当过警察的Tony Fletcher，70岁；26岁的泄漏工程师CraigBrown；24岁美发师Dean Smith；33岁的神经病学家Sam Nightingale；23岁的牧羊人Joe Birch；37岁的IT培训员MikeFletcher；28岁的演员Sackie Osakonor；60岁的企业教练Christopher Barrow。
However four other men were not.
They all have experience of survivingextreme conditions and some have previously worked with Grylls.
Rupert Smith worked with him on Channel 4’sEscape To The Legion and cameraman Dan Etheridge worked with Grylls on Man vsWild. Sound recordist Kiff McManus has ten years’ experience working in hostileconditions， while Matt Bennett was part of the team behind Sky’s Ross Kemp OnGangs.
Rupert Smith与贝爷在《浴火重生》中合作过，摄影师Dan Etheridge同贝爷在《荒野求生秘笈》中合作过。录音师Kiff McManus拥有十年的极端环境工作经验，而Matt Bennett是天空卫视的《英国黑帮》团队的一部分。
Channel 4 said in a statement: ‘Itclearly states in the programme voiceover that trained crew are part of theexperiment， living under exactly the same conditions as the other men.
‘Like all of the men on the Island， theirprofessions are captioned on screen and their backgrounds are discussed.’
Of the claims of fakery， it said thecaimans were let loose on the uninhabited island to ensure there was enough‘native wildlife’ to keep the 13 men fed.
It added: ‘We had to ensure the island’sonly water supply， a muddy pool， would last through filming in the dry seasonand that there were enough native animals and native vegetation that couldsustain the men for 28 days – as long as they had the ingenuity to find it，catch it and kill it.’
It is not the first time Grylls， 39， has been accused of fakery.
In 2008， he apologised to viewers after itwas revealed that during Born Survivor， also broadcast on Channel 4， he hadstayed in a hotel and not camped as the show claimed.
Viewers tweeted their anger at the newrevelations.
One said: ‘People are actually shocked thatThe Island with Bear Grylls is fake?’