Meeting Bear Grylls and taking a sneaky peaky behind the scenes at the BBC
Have you ever wondered what it is really like behind the scenes at somewhere like the BBC?
Pete and I got a phone call asking us if we would like to be on The One Show… with the legendary survival expert Bear Grylls …erm, yes please! We were so giddy about meeting Bear, I don’t think it sank in that we would be on national television. Once it was fully confirmed, we had around 24 hours notice to get ourselves sorted and down to London. This truly set the pace for the whole experience.
The BBC kindly arrange your transport. Once you arrive it so exciting. We were met, security checked and badged up as ‘the survivors’, I really loved hearing the person sent to meet us radio in ‘we have two survivors ready to come up’.
Everyone is so delightfully friendly as they usher you around, brief you, mic you up and send you for hair and make up.
It was the first time Pete has ever had make up on (I think!) and as for me, well, I desperately wish I could do my make up as well as the pro, never looked so good! Pete & Emma Tryon,British shipwreck disaster survivors with Bear Grylls
We had a rehearsal with the hosts Matt and Alex and the survivors Doug and Paul. I remember Matt from Blue Peter years back, lovely to meet him in person, he is as genuinely nice as you would imagine. The other survivors had larger-than-life stories too, it was captivating to get to known them. During rehearsal we had time to go through each of our stories as the crew shared the photos and set up the best camera angles. On live TV they do actually have some form of script, but as we found out, it often goes out the window.
Bear arrived and the atmosphere heightened in amongst the live audience as we all waited for the moment we went live.
As Bear burst forth from the comical fake jungle set, he grabbed some mud from pots to give the hosts the true survivor look. We waited with the live audience, applauding and laughing as they weave in and out of the show’s features. Then, came the moment in which we were asked to join them on the sofa as we went live. Pete & Emma Tryon,British shipwreck disaster survivors with Bear Grylls
The presenters framed the questions to lead us based on what we had previously rehearsed in the evening, however time started to run short and we could tell it wasn’t going as rehearsed. I could tell from the Alex’s face that someone must have been hurrying her through her earpiece and that she needed me to speed up what I was saying about the shipwreck. As I curtailed a short version of our nautical mishap, instead of then asking Pete his question they flipped to Paul and hastily wrapped up the session. It is not uncommon on live TV for this to happen, but on this occasion, there was very good reason. They needed to allow time to pay tribute to those who had, that same day, lost their lives whilst trekking Ben Nevis. This was a sobering reminder at just how fortunate we all were to indeed be survivors.
After the show, everyone applauds and seems to breathe a big sigh of relief together. Understandably, many of the team are off like a shot with distinctively normal family commitments to attend to.
On this occasion and much to our excitement, Bear and his super lovely team made time to go for a drink and hang out in green room afterwards. For us, this was truly the best part; the pressure was off and we had time to get to know everyone a little better. Naturally we didn’t miss the chance to get a photo with the man that commits his life to equipping people to survive.
Pete & Emma Tryon,British shipwreck disaster survivors with Bear Grylls
Whilst relaxing together, we asked Bear a bit more about what he made of our survival situation. Much to our terror, he was quite sure that had we been forced to swim, it would have been too far and we would now most likely be dead.
Inspired, uplifted and more grateful then ever to be alive, we are gearing up for our next venture.
We never want to waste a single breath.
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Pete & Emma Tryon,British shipwreck disaster survivors with Bear Grylls,