Dorset action man Bear Grylls has been accused of faking it in his Channel 4 adventure series Born Survivor, in which he is parachuted into some of the most inhospitable places on Earth with little more than a knife and the clothes on his back.
The programmes, screened in the spring, depicted the ex-SAS man showing how to stay alive in terrain ranging from frozen mountains and dense rainforest to scorching desert.
The Eton-educated 33-year-old’s stomach-churning survival tips included eating live maggots from the body of a decaying animal carcass, sucking fluid from fish eyeballs and squeezing water out of fresh elephant dung.
But now an advisor to the programme has claimed that many of the scenes were not as they seemed.
American survival consultant Mark Weinert, who was recruited by Diverse Productions,Â told the Sunday Times: “If you really believe everything happens the way it is shown on TV, you are being little bit naÃ¯ve.”
He told the paper Grylls claimed to be stranded on a desert island on one occasion.
However, he was actually in Hawaii and spent some of his time there in a motel, Mr Weinert alleged.