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08 SEP 2019

Lord Ivar Mountbatten 'castaway'

Lord Ivar Mountbatten on Treasure Island

Channel 4 publicity photograph
of Lord Ivar Mountbatten

Channel 4 have announced that Lord Ivar Mountbatten (b.1963), younger son of David, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven (1919-1970) is one of twelve contestants in the 2019 season of the Channel 4 reality TV programme "Treasure Island with Bear Grylls", hosted by former SAS soldier, adventurer and survival expert Edward 'Bear' Grylls (b.1974), an honorary Colonel in HM Royal Marines Reserve.


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The idea of the show (broadcast September/October 2019) is that the 'islanders' have to survive during the peak of the dry season.  With hot and humid conditions, periods of sunshine and very little rain, the islanders will have to battle temperatures of up to 35oC while often managing cold, uncomfortable nights.  However for the first time, the contestants have the opportunity to win a share of £100,000.  Over 35 days, bundles of cash will be dropped in various locations around the island - those who find the money are able to keep it to themselves, share it, or give it to another islander or hide it.  It is up to the contestants to decide what to do with their cash.  If a contestant leaves the island for any reason, they were required to hand over their cash and forfeit their right to the prize.


Lord Ivar Mountbatten and fellow contestant Marco D’Andrea

When Ivar was asked why he wanted to be a contestant, he said - "Well I think maybe it was a sort of an on-going mid-life crises! I worked in South America in my twenties as a geologist and so I’ve spent a lot of time in the jungle and I spent a lot of time in rough, rural environments, camping on the beach, camping in the jungle and all that sort of stuff. I rather missed it in that respect, so I wanted to go back, and while I could, sort of experience it again. Also I have watched the programme for quite a few series now, and I always thought to myself, 'I'd love to do that'. I used to watch I'm A Celebrity and thinking, 'Yeah that would be kind of fun to do'. But of all the reality TV shows, The Island is by far the coolest, that would blow I'm A Celebrity out of the water every time. My children have really wanted me to go on the Island, so they sort of agreed to me doing it as well. I'm an outdoorsy person and that whole idea was just right up my street and of course none of us are getting younger, are we? No, I'm not!"

A publicity trailer from the Channel 4 series
"Treasure Island with Bear Grylls"



Lord Ivar Mountbatten during filming of

"Treasure Island with Bear Grylls"

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