Filming Channel Five’s The Gadget Show

Filming the Gadget Show for Channel 5

On 5th January 2010 Dave Thomas from Call of the Wild was invited by Mykel Hawke (Mykel Hawke is a world-known survival expert, best-selling author, television and film personality and advisor) to attend a filming event as part of his team to hunt down 4 personalities from the Channel 5 TV programme “The Gadget Show”. the presenters were  Ortis Deley, Jon Bently, Suzy Perry, and Jason Bradbury in the wilds of Bassett’s Pole near Sutton Coldfield.

A series of gadgets were deployed by both hunters and the hunted to assist in their quest to either capture or to escape (in the case of the Gadget show team). Teams deployed in the early hours in cool but clear conditions and continued their quest in increasing snowfall and sub zero temperatures. Dave’s main adversary was TV personality Ortis Deley who deployed dastardly tactics (and gadgets) in his attempts to shake Dave off his trail.

Did he get away…?

You will need to tune in to The Gadget Show on Monday 22nd Feb at 8pm to find out!

Filming and Location Finding

Tony Robinson’s Worst Jobs in History.

Over the years Call of the Wild have worked with a number of TV shows and production companies. We worked with Tony Robinson on his “Worst Jobs in History” series (Clip comes in on video after approx 4 minutes). For this we provided technical assistance on an abseil when Tony was taking the part of people in medieval times searching for gull eggs on sea cliffs.

Actor Mackenzie Crook from Pirates of the caribbean with call of the Wild shooting current filmWe have also worked with the famous actor Mackenzie Crook who starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean series of films and also in the comedy the Office with Ricky Gervais. Mackenzie was starring in an independent film called Abraham’s Point. In one scene he had to jump off a waterfall.

Ben Fogle with call of the Wild staffExtreme Dreams presented by Ben Fogle was also filmed with us in South Wales at our centre in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons). A series of shows were filmed with us for the selection of the candidates who would travel on expedition with Ben to various parts of the world.

BBC Countryfile came and filmed a piece on canyoning with us with their presenter Michaela Strachan taking part in the activity.