Bear's Mission with David Walliams – ITV

Bear's Mission with David Walliams
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Has Bear Grylls finally met his match in David Walliams?

Bear's Mission is to take entertainer David Walliams out of his comfort zone...

He’s scared of heights, has never owned a pair of walking boots and is squeamish at the sight of a dead rat.

It’s fair to say that David Walliams is out of his comfort zone as he hikes, abseils and climbs with survival guru Bear Grylls in Devon.

He doesn’t give up, though, and despite a few tears halfway down a slippery cliff face and a moment of panic when Bear serves up – you guessed it – barbecued rat, David battles through with his usual self-deprecating sense of humour.

There are some touching moments, too, when he opens up to Bear about fatherhood, his Little Britain days and his long-term battles with depression…

TV Times rating: *****

Bear's Mission with David Walliams

Challenge one: Abseiling into a dinghy

David, 47, tells TV Times how careering down cliff faces and roughing it is good for the soul…

What made you want to do this?

I’ve known Bear for 10 years and he’s often asked me to do one of these trips. Finally we were both free at the same time! I knew he’d want to take me outside my comfort zone but was hoping for some swimming – no chance! It was all stuff I have absolutely no skillset at, like rock-climbing and abseiling!

Are you an outdoorsy person?

I like being outdoors but there’s a difference between being outdoors and wanting to be in Dartmoor National Park when it’s pouring down with rain. I don’t own a cagoule, or go on camping holidays, and although I’m happy being outside with a cup of tea I’m definitely not an adventurer.

Bear's Mission with David Walliams

Is it time for a tea-break yet, Bear?
Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.