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Germany to visit The Island

The-Island-With-Bear-Grylls-bGerman broadcaster ProSieben has ordered its own version of survivalist format The Island.

Endemol Shine Germany will produce the show, with filming beginning this summer, ahead of broadcast on the free-to-air channel.

The format originated in the UK, where Endemol Shine Group’s Shine TV and Bear Grylls Ventures produced it for Channel 4. There have also been local editions in France and the US.

In the UK, ratings have been a success, with season two doubling Channel 4’s primetime average and hitting a peak of 3.6 million (a 14.4% share).

M6 in France has just signed on for a second season after the show scored good ratings of up to three million (12.9%).

The format sees participants sent to a remote, uninhabited island for a month and left to fend for themselves while an embedded crew films them.