When does Escape start on Channel 4, who is survival expert Ant Middleton and what’s the show about?

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CHANNEL 4’s new show Escape pushes the boundaries of reality TV as contestants have to flee a staged plane crash.

The show will be hosted by ex-Special forces and SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton.

 Ant Middleton fronts Channel 4's newest reality show Escape

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Ant Middleton fronts Channel 4’s newest reality show Escape

When does Escape start on Channel 4?

Escape starts TONIGHT, Sunday, October 2 at 8pm on Channel 4.

It goes up against Antiques Roadshow on BBC One, Astronauts:Do You Have What It Takes on BBC Two and The X Factor on ITV.

What’s the show about?

A group of five engineers will be left stranded in the desert with the wreckage from a simulated plane crash.

Using the surrounding wreckage, contestants will have to build a vehicle such as an air-board, hovercraft or car, to escape to civilisation.

The five one-hour episodes will put the team of four in a different terrain — desert, snow, jungle or on water.

The team consists of an aerobatic pilot, a traditional craftsman, an aerospace engineer and two mechanical engineers.

 The show sees the contestants try to build a vehicle from the wreckage

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The show sees the contestants try to build a vehicle from the wreckage
 The contestants include an aerobatic pilot, a traditional craftsman, an aerospace engineer and two mechanical engineers

Channel 4
The contestants include an aerobatic pilot, a traditional craftsman, an aerospace engineer and two mechanical engineers

They must complete their task without access to a workshop and using improvised tools – while food and water are in short supply.

They must generate their own power and make their own shelter before escaping. Ant will provide insight into the physical and mental strains they are enduring.

It is hoped the show will emulate the success of hit US drama Lost, which tracked a group of air-crash survivors, and Channel 4 game show Scrapheap Challenge, in which teams built machines from junk.

 Ant is a former special forces hero who now appears on survival reality shows

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Ant is a former special forces hero who now appears on survival reality shows

Who is Ant Middleton?

Ant Middleton, is a former special forces hero who now puts his military background to full use in shows such as SAS Who Dares Wins,Mutiny and now Escape.

Born in Portsmouth in 1981, Ant grew up in rural France but even at a young age, knew he wanted to join the armed forces.

In 1997 at the age of 16, he joined the Royal Engineers before joining the Royal Marines five years later.

Being in the forces took him all over the world from places such as Northern Ireland to Sierra Leone.

He also spent time in 9 Parachute Squadron Royal before passing the selection tests to join the Special Boat Service in 2008.

This means he has served in the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite special forces.

He left the armed services in 2012 and started work as a personal security guard in South Africa protecting VIPs.

Ant got his first taste of TV fame in 2015 when he became the instructor in the Channel Four show, SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Ant has four children with wife Emily, and recently revealed that she was six months pregnant when he left to film Mutiny and arrived home on her due date.

Ant Middleton reveals he had to leave pregnant wife to film Mutiny

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