Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Taking Travel to the Extreme ; PICK OF THE DAYDavina McCall: Life at the Extreme (ITV, 9pm)

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Taking Travel to the Extreme ; PICK OF THE DAYDavina McCall: Life at the Extreme (ITV, 9pm)

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TALK about a glutton for punishment. Not content with practically breaking (her body, mind, everything) when she ran, swam and cycled across the UK for Sport Relief in 2014, now Davina has jumped headfirst into the most extreme conditions on the planet.

In this documentary series she visits some of the hottest, coldest, deepest and wettest places on Earth - mainly to find out how animals cope, but she has to learn how to do it too. And fair play to her, this is not a jolly little jaunt, chatting to locals and learning about the culture. Well ok, she does that too. But she gets stuck right in, free diving in the freezing ocean ("absolutely terrifying"), sleeping on a rancid, filthy mattress ("the worst bit") and even camping out in the vicinity of lions.

Television presenting is clearly not the glamorous affair we believed it to be. …

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