Although Bear Grylls is a bit over the top at times, its hard to ignore his background and the fact that he was a survival instructor for the United Kingdom Special Forces. The fact that his TV show can be a bit much (which is probably down to the producers anyway) shouldn't cover the fact that this guy has some serious skills and a knowledge base that would make us all envious. Yes lots of the scenarios are artificial and he has a big TV crew following him but once you get past that then there are lots of little gems of info.
Survivorman with Les Stroud is more authentic and I have nothing but respect for that man. Les actually carries all the camera and gear with him and films himself which must be a lot of hard work. The fact that he live with his wife for a year off the grid primitive style (no metal, plastic or anything manufactured) amazes me, talk about walking the walk! There is a documentary they made during that year called Snowshoes and Solitude if anyone's interested.
What are your opinions? Are these just media hype riding the wave of ratings?