Mutiny: Channel 4 recreates Mutiny on the Bounty voyage in intense reality challenge show

Ben Travis
Channel 4

We take flights for granted nowadays, London’s airports offering us continent-hopping travel in a matter of hours.

For some thrill seekers, that’s clearly doesn't provide enough of a sense of adventure. Just take a look at Channel 4’s new men-against-the-ocean reality show Mutiny.

Starring Anthony Middleton of SAS: Who Dares Wins, the show presents a weather-battered expedition that’s knackering just to watch.

Viewers will get a bit of a history lesson too. The show is based on the famed Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789 - a real life story of a naval ship whose crew rebelled and cut Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal shipmates adrift in the middle of the South Pacific in one tiny boat.

Anthony Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins takes on Mutiny (Channel 4)

Rather than taking their fate lying down, Bligh and company travelled nearly 4,000 miles to survive, battling starvation, exposure, and the perils of the open ocean.

Channel 4’s Mutiny casts nine men on a similar mission – can they last a trip from Tonga to Timor without succumbing to the elements… or each other?

It’s no surprise when the bickering kicks in. The crew members can barely sleep without being seasick, have absolutely no privacy, and are existing on tiny rations.

“On this boat your face is only ever two feet maximum from another man’s bottom,” sighs one participant.

They eat just over 400 calories a day – lots of their food intake consisting of ludicrously unappetising ‘ships biscuits’ – made of flour, salt, and water.

Then there’s the unpredictable weather to endure. The storms at night time look hellish, but the day brings different challenges – slow days with little wind to sail on, and a burning sun beating down.

Stay tuned throughout the series to see if every participant makes it through the entire voyage. Frankly, it’s all very impressive, and probably much better experienced from your sofa than on the boat itself.

Channel 4, 9pm