In the first episode of a new three part series of Escape to the Wild, premiering on Tuesday 2 February at 9.00pm on Channel 4, Jimmy Doherty (having taken over presenting duties from Kevin McCloud) heads to Indonesia to meet a young British couple, and their 18-month-old toddler, who have abandoned the rat race in the UK for a new life on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean.
After an epic and eventful journey, Jimmy finally reaches Sophie, Simon and their young son Max. With lush rainforest and beautiful coral reef, their island hideaway appears to be the stuff of dreams. But Jimmy soon discovers that paradise comes with some hidden dangers. From lethal centipedes to monitor lizards and water pythons, the island is teeming with potentially deadly wildlife.
Jimmy is struck by the primal nature of the place, and can’t help but question the couple’s lifestyle choice. Does living such an isolated existence require unique strength of character?
Executive Producer: Nick Shearman
Series Producer: Helen Simpson
Producer and Director: Osca Humphreys
Production Company: Optomen
Escape To The Wild with Jimmy Doherty Episode 1 (of 3) airs on Thursday 2 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.