Have any of you watched this series yet?
I only heard about it yesterday, and went on to Channel 5 On Demand to start watching it.
Here's the trailer.
A group of 20 people from all walks of life - a cross section of UK society - are taken to a wooded wilderness in Europe and left to live a Mesolithic life-style for eight weeks. They're given basic tools, some wild fruit, flints and a freshly killed deer. A stone age archaeologist and survival expert is on hand to give them some advice for the first 24 hours and then leaves. No-one knows how it will pan out - it is as much an experiment for the experts as it is for the participants.
Episode 1 is very compelling. I can't help wondering how some of the heavily made up girls with dyed and straightened hair are going to cope. They were arranging their skins into bikinis at one point (think Raquel Welch in the film one million years BC), all laughing and joking. That was until the camp was shown the deer and told it had to be processed immediately. Skin, meat, organs, sinews, everything was needed. And if they're not quick enough the flies will get it. They were all being crawled all over by mosquitos and flies, so the presence of fresh meat caused thick clouds of them, along with eggs being laid everywhere.
There are six episodes so far, so I have to try and catch up. I enjoy these kinds of social experiments where we live as our ancestors. I don't enjoy modern day social experiments like Big Brother or I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. They're just all about getting ratings, not furthering our knowledge. Mind you, these participants have been set up from the start really. Our ancestors had a lot of survival skills that were learned from their ancestors. These people had barely anything to prepare them but a survival DVD they had watched. A shame really but I'll stick with it.
I recently watched a documentary about the 1978 Iron Age re-enactment series called Living In The Past on youtube and that was excellent, but many of the people taking part were very academic in nature. It was the era of John Seymour and self-sufficiency. The experiment took place over a year and some of the couple brought their children with them, so they really were in it for the long haul.
You can watch the first part of it here