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Race Across The World constants ‘scared’ by risk of bear attacks

OHMYGOSSIP — ‘Race Across The World’ contestants were “genuinely scared” by the risk of bear attacks during filming.
The BBC challenge show is returning for a third series as five teams of two travel 9,900 miles across Canada – where bears roam free – at ground level with no access to phones, credit cards or the internet as they try to survive on less than £50 a day.
Producer Maria Kennedy said: “Bears are not that scared of cameras so they would have taken them out.
“The cast are genuinely scared and they should be. But they did have bear spray.
“And obviously we would have intervened – part of a line producer’s job is to throw yourself in front of bears!”
At times during filming, the contestants – chosen from 100,000 applicants – found themselves just metres away from the huge mammals.
Maria added: “There was a point where we were expecting a team to arrive at the hotel and then we heard on our crew radios that there were bears outside.
“I’ve never seen the safety adviser’s eyes go so big. We had to hope the bears would go into the trees and it wouldn’t affect anything.”
On a different occasion, a bear was spotted “roaming” outside the hotel in the early hours of the morning.
Commissioner Michael Jochnowitz said: “There was another time when there was a bear roaming around the hotel at 4am.
“I watched the footage and even as a viewer, you’re like, ‘F***, that’s so close.’ ”
Elsewhere during filming, the contestants were face to face with other animals, including elk and moose.
‘Race Across The World’ starts on March 22 at 9pm on BBC One.

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