Bear Grylls will host one of reality TV's most gruelling shows

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From Digital Spy

Bear Grylls is working on a new Amazon Prime reality TV show that's being described as "the ultimate expedition challenge".

Not content with just making an interactive Netflix project this year, the famed adventurer is inviting 60 teams from across the planet to race through Fiji in World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (via Radio Times).

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There will be ten episodes in total, with cameras following groups of four contestants from 30 countries as they negotiate rugged terrain stretching over 417 miles.

Techniques such as canyoneering, paddle boarding, mountain biking and rappelling will be used as the competitors trek through jungles and mountains, as well as oceans. But if any member of the team decides to quit or is unable to complete the race, the whole group suffers - resulting in disqualification.

Reflecting on the magnitude of this task, Bear said in a statement: "The Fiji course is truly epic. It's incredibly demanding and will force our competitors far out of their comfort zone as they race against themselves, their competitors and the fiercest elements of mother nature.

"Only the teams that work together can ever hope of making it to the finish line."

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The Eco-Challenge TV property was established back in 1995, with the original series running for seven years in America. This was instead based in the Utah desert as opposed to Fiji.

Creator of the original, Mark Burnett, added: "Challenging oneself in the outdoors is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago when Eco-Challenge began. It's the ultimate test of human spirit, teamwork and honouring our planet."

The new series will launch on Amazon Prime sometime next year.

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