10,000 BC Episode 1
20 volunteers, from a cross section of people of the 21st Century, were sent into a Bulgarian hunting reserve, similar to prehistoric Britain, to survive 8 weeks in the Stone age, without any help from 2014 (Filmed through October & November 2014)
The chosen ones for the experiment, from a cross section of modern day Britain are:
Perry Brookes – Landscape Gardener (Geezer)
Rachel Harding – Education Assessor
Paul Wilshurst – Fence Contractor
Emily Harding – Graphic Designer >>>>> The Harding Family
Mary Harding – Student
Alice – Restaurant Maitre D’
Paul Barnes – Lorry Driver (Wanna be Bear Grylls)
Mike Soumelides – Simms – Firefighter
Josie & Jodie O’Rourke – Bookmaker / Event Manager ( Mother & Daughter )
Oliver Farr – Electrician (Terry’s Boyfriend)
Terry Perry – Florist (Oliver’s Girlfriend)
Caroline Mortimer – Retired Secretary (Stone Age enthusiast)
Steve Nicholson – Archer (Amateur survivalist)
Kim Hall – Marketing Manager
Aamer ‘Bobby’ Hussein – Council duty Manager (“We’re gonna die out here”)
Tom Reader – Digital Content Creator
John Paul Mullen – Club Promoter (Known as JP)
Kam Khaira – Housewife & Shopkeeper
Melissa Selling – Prop Maker
The only training the volunteers received was a survival skills DVD and Manual.
First order of day is to put phones, metal and plastics – any modern living times into a plastic bag with their names on, for safe keeping. There are piles of skins and furs, with each persons name on, that will be their clothes for the duration of this experience. There is not however any instructions on how each individual piece is worn. In the stone age people didn’t wear shoes but because the volunteers feet aren’t conditioned to rugged terrain they have to wear boots and sock.
As the ladies are getting changed Josie announces that she is a strict vegetarian and against hunting, she is only the second most stupid person so far though beaten by the people that wore wedges and brought handbags with them! And yes that’s after they’ve given in all there ‘modern’ items in.
Caroline doesn’t even get her skins on, it is unseasonably hot for October and she falls ill, and is deemed unfit to continue with the experiment.
Requirements of 2014 health and safety dictate that the producers provide:
Shelter – 4 Mesolithic Huts
Clothing – Skins & Furs
Purpose built source of fresh water
Enough Apples, Berries, Nuts, Rock Salt and Honey to sustain them for a fortnight
Flint, Tools and a Bow
24 hour supervision by Survival Expert & Doctor (only intervene if serious)
Klint Janulis Stone Age Archaeologist & survival expert will stay with them for 2 days, to acclimatise them to stone age living.
There is a clearing, where the shelters are situated, that will provide there living and working area. Only 18 remain.
A recently killed Deer is provided for them to harvest food, clothes and tools from it but it has to be done with in the first couple of hours.
A lot of the women get tearful about seeing the dead deer but admit they are going to get to have to get used to it.
Paul W, Paul B, Terry and Melissa all have a go at separating the Deer up. Both Pauls are at odds with each other as to the best way to do it but Melissa is enjoying herself. All the butchered parts of the deer are stored by hanging them on trees. The meat cannot be cooked and then stored away as it will make them sick.
There are wolves, bears and boars in this area and a fire is the only way to keep themselves and their possessions safe is a fire. Oliver uses a bow drill to try and start the fire, but it’s not easy especially with the mosquitoes biting every one. They finally get some flames but had no kindling ready so it blew out. It’s nearly dark and has started to rain but luckily Paul B finds some remaining burning embers, which they keep alight by blowing on until enough kindling is gathered.
Rachel and her 3 daughters took on the task of digging a latrine and collecting leaves for toilet paper. As they do so, just an hour into the experience, Rachel is already thinking ahead and starts eating worms.
Perry is the first to poop but would have preferred to sit on a log with his bum hanging over the side then just squatting but he manages. Already I’m less survivalist than these people because I can’t even wee if I’m squatting.
The deer is being cooked and Bobby makes the point that they can’t even see each other in the dark so how will they know when it’s cooked. They all tuck in though and no one is bothered that they are eating Deer, Terry even comments how nice it is.
As he leaves the camp for the night, Klint is worried that they are still treating this as a camping trip not a way of life.
As everyone starts turning in, Paul B plans to set some traps tomorrow and catch at least a boar, Steve is worried about the strong dynamic and current lack of leadership.
Steve organises a team meeting to find out everyone’s skills, after they find out that all the provision that were left by the production team like the fruit and and veg, even the flint. For his effort he is voted in as the group leader.
Klint shows the volunteers how to make flint blades in order to correctly cut the meat. Fair play to everyone sorting the meat out they’re picking out eggs and maggots, where the flies have been.
A small group are then taken out by Klint who shows them where to hunt and Paul B is of the opinion that Steve should be out there with them because he is an archer.
On the way back Paul B comes across a little stream, and has a little cats lick. Who knew such a simple thing could get you totes emosh for home comforts.
Meanwhile Perry and Steve upgrade the latrines so they are more ‘pleasant’ and they chat as they work, Perry is soon in tears about his missing his Nan but more so that he has recently had his best friend, who passed away and for that reason he feels he shouldn’t be there and sadly leaves.
The team of 20 is now down to 18, only two days into 8 weeks
Before he leaves the came for good, Klint shows the last group, that includes Josie, what resources are available to help them day to day and how to harvest burdock root which grows wild in the area and is like a sweet potato. Josie is pleased to be picking them as that’s what she’ll survive that, and a pound of acorns a day.
Everyone is back at camp readying for the evening and Bobby finds flies in the hides that are supposed to be using as covers at night. A guy from the production support team comes out to try and get the larvae out of the skins but there are too many, so for the time being the volunteers are given Blankets from 2014.
With that Klint bids his goodbyes and remind them once he leaves now, they are on their own for the next 2 months.