Escape to the Legion Channel 4

Has anyone seen the show and what do you think of it.

For generations, the French Foreign Legion has been romanticised as a refuge for men seeking a second chance in life. But what is it really like? In Escape to the Legion, adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls sets off to find out with 11 other recruits who come from all walks of life.

A disorderly band of men arrive at an ex-Legion fort in the Sahara Desert to attempt a month’s brutal training that promises to turn them in honorary members of the world’s toughest fighting force. Their journey will reveal as much about the men themselves as it does about the Foreign Legion.

Find out where Bear Grylls got his inspiration from, hear from the recruits in their own words, and read what a psychologist has to say about their teamwork. If after all this you’re still tempted to seek out a new life with the Legion, you can read up on their background and make sure you are properly prepared before you go.
"Prior to the Everest Expedition, Bear spent three years with the British Special Air Service (21 SAS). What makes his story even more remarkable is that during this time he suffered a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa where ..."!
In my humble opinion, Escape to the Legion was/is (is it still on?) crap viewing. If C4 want to waste more money on stuff like this they can come and film me beasting my neighbours around the street for a month. At least I'll scream and shout! The money would have been better spent on a month with the Legion, and not a few ex-NCOs and a few civvies who 'need to prove a point to themselves' for one month out of their whole lives. I think what disappointed me more then anything was the way they were treated. One lad is placed into a cell (with no lock) and once in a while this little yank bloke comes in and softly bolllocks the prisoner whilst pouring a bucket of water into each corner. What was that all about? I was expecting it to be thrown over the prisoner and the bucket to be used as a latrine! Lads Army is better viewing as at least the instructors scream, shout and push around chavs AND destroy the barrack rooms!
So true about the editing the production didnt show enough of what its really like they concentrated to much on the ones that left and not enough of the Lads that were out doing like trainnig and learning skills and completing the skills learned. But beasting is in all armies around the world we use them in the US and in the Legion. And I am sure that they are used in the British Forces. What I did'nt scream enough? And we did destroy the barracks plenty of times, editing only chose to put in when Sutter did it. As for the cell with no lock , at the end of the its about Health and safety. And Channel 4 got to soft.
I actually liked this. I have seen many things about the Legion and I had the advantage to serve with a fellow in the U.S. Coast Guard, who was a former member of the Legion. Yeah I understand that Bear Grylls couldnt show ALL of the things the legion did being these guys were NOT going to be in the real legion, so they just gave them a "taste" of what life is in the Legion. Personally, if I wasnt 32 and I was 22 and had the knowledge I know now, I think I would join the Legion. I have to admit, the American, who was a former Legioner and currently in the U.S. Army as an Airbourne Ranger, he was an annoying little sh*t, but I think the other NCOs were ok and did a great job.I think bear should reflect back to training in the SAS and do something familiar to this. its funny to read on the offical website, Bear recommends against joining the Legion and he just got a small taste of how training for the Legion is, how ironic, a former SAS member saying that about the Legion.
I thought Bad Lads was far better!Watching "Escape to the Legion" was only marginally better than watching that SAS;Desert thing with ya man O'Leary.
Anyone remember 'Foreign Legion' back around 96?, Again it was on Channel 4. Great documentary.

They were on excercise at French Guyana, They took 8 hours to get through a jungle assault course while the USMC took 2 Days!!!!!!!!!.

Did see it on VHS somewhere, Hope it comes out on DVD.
I spent some time on an exchange with 2 REP.The 'real' legion is quite different,from that suggested in the C4 film.Another poster refers to an older documentary showing jungle training in French Guyana.That was the real thing.Interestingly,after the Falklands there was quite an influx of Brits into The Legion.I met a number in Sarajevo,on the airfield there.A number were in recce/sniper positions.
I got that on DVD the other day - good programme although it was made c.1996 so things have probably changed a little bit although the psychological stress and the physical hardships no doubt still remain.

You don't need to go to Amazon to see this - it's on Google video in small parts. There's also some other docs on Legion training in French although it shows how things are today.
Having served with the Legions 2eme Rep for 5 years after service in the Brits, the training etc potrayed in "Escape to the Legion" is nothing like the real thing..........which is believe it or not is a far sight more relaxed and a hell of a lot easier than brit basic training (during the 80's anyway)
But that would'nt make for good t.v. would it ,
His website says he did.

Served with the British SAS (21 SAS). Passed UK Special Forces Selection, serving as a sabre soldier, trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, combat survival, medics, parachuting, signals, evasive driving, climbing and explosives. Served in North Africa twice.
I see Escape To The Legion is up on youtube . Perhaps not too realistic ( I was under the impression any answering back to an NCO would result in a dislocated jaw ) but certainly very entertaining

YouTube - escape to the legion

If anyone deserved to become a star out of the show it certainly wasn't Bear " My special forces training take over " Grylls but Sgt Glenn Ferguson . I googled his name ( Aparently he does the same ) and found this post on a forum .

Sgt Ferguson posting as RaiderDingo came across another forum where Terry Morton the Scottish wimp who lasted about 12 hours before jacking it all in started bad mouthing everyone . Tears were running down my legs reading it . A very interesting read if nothing else

Escape to the Legion! - Page 17 - Survivor Online

If you're reading this Glenn write in and tell us what you're up to these days

Edited to add

FFS I just re-read this thread and just realised Sgt Ferguson is a fellow arrser and he's the one who started this thread . Duh
Nope...only 22 SAS wear sabre wings,
I was under the distinct impression that 21 & 22 wear the same wings whilst 23 wear a similar pattern with the ends of the wings facing down slightly. It must be true because some bloke told me.

As for the series, I did see it and it was OK for background but didn't really get my full attention.
Another poster has suggested that its weakness was filming it outside of the legion. I think he was right. A copy of Legion life apparently.

Did'nt convince me, but was a cheerful load of old bollocks a la Grylls.
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