17th July 2000

 

JUNGLE CHALLENGE FOR HULL BOFFIN

 

A computer analyst from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will appear on new BBC series ‘Bare Necessities’ tomorrow evening (Tuesday) when viewers will see how well he survived in the jungle without his creature comforts.

 

Felix Gonzales, from Garden Village, east Hull, found personality clashes gave him more trouble than surviving the adverse conditions when he travelled to the Azores with a team of fellow IT consultants.

 

Each week the series follows teams from very different work backgrounds to see how they cope without the little luxuries we all take for granted.

 

Felix joined a team of computer experts put to the test against a team of builders to see how they would rise to the challenge of surviving in the jungle.

 

“I can’t say who won - the viewers will just have to tune in to find out!” said Felix, who’s 27. “It was a great experience - we adapted quite well to the difficult conditions and our surroundings were just breathtaking.”

 

The team which successfully completed a series of challenges got to spend a night in the extravagant luxury of the Azores’ Lapa Palace Hotel - but the programme-makers have not yet revealed who won.

 

One of the challenges was to pass 10 eggs across a ravine and another was to prepare a duck for eating - from scratch.

 

Tomorrow night viewers will find out whether Felix spent his final night in luxury or squalor - the losing team had to return to their jungle shelter for one more uncomfortable night.

 

The teams only found out where they were going when they arrived at their destination - a partly inhabited island hundreds of miles from the African coast.

 

Bare Necessities will be shown tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8pm on BBC 1.

 

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Sam Hendley Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042.