10,000BC – Episode 9 – Biggest Betrayal Of The Family

10,000 BC Episode 8

*For a brief background to the show, a who’s who, and who is still participating  please scroll to the bottom.

The end is in sight …..but not for everyone.

Day 43

10 days to go and winter has arrived properly. The entire tribe is now sleeping in the communal bed. They are on strict rations that are only half a daily recommend allowance of calories for adults. 

Roxy, the production medic, attends the camp to check that the tribe are not becoming malnourished and causing irreparable damage to their bodies. I know this is the least of their problems but as they hold the equipment for Roxy you can see the dirt under the their finger nails. Its full on cringe.

After the assessment Roxy is most worried about Mike as his body seems to be in shutdown. No surprise because, from what we have seen, he is the only one that hasn’t taken a day off.

Mike has started a tally calendar on the beams on the main shelter, so they can see how long they’ve got left / how long they’ve already done. This sends Paul into an irrational rage and he storms off into the woods.

Paul builds a hide to ambush the boars the following dawn. He uses as acorns as bait and I hope for his sake that he isn’t using horns from the rations because Mel will have his guts for garters. To be honest I can see the rangers letting him go through with this when they wouldn’t let JP trying kill one with a bow and arrow.

Paul goes back to camp to prepare a slow burning torch but when Mike turns up (looking like Jamaroqui) and asks what he he is going to do with all the cording, Paul throws another paddy and storms off into the woods. When he comes back he tells Mike that he feels the time he spent on this wasted experiment is time he could have spent with his family.

The Burdock Whisperer (JP) leads Jodie and Josie to the  giant burdock patch (this would make great Roald Dahl Story). During the trek he is overheard, by the crew, pestering Jodie to tell her mum something.

When the crew catch up with them it comes to light that Paul was touching up Jodie in the night. It started with him tickling her hands, then her belly. He then put his hand inside her trousers and then moved her hand to his crotch. 

The crew take Jodie to the production camp to find out her side of the story Paul is also taken to the camp to give his side of the story 

Day 44

After they’ve spent the night, separately, in the production camp the crew get Paul and Jodie together to discuss the events face to face. Amazingly Paul accuses Jodie of making a move on him?! This is after Jodie gives her view of what happened very matter of fact. To say Jodie is gobsmacked would be an understatement. 

Meanwhile the rest of the tribe back at camp speculate on what might of happened, and they are very considerate of what may be the explanation. Playing devils advocate.

Mel said that if Jodie feels she has to leave she will go too.

Day 45

The following morning Jodie and Paul return to camp to let the tribe decide to what happens, who should stay and if anyone should go. Jodie says that if Paul stays she will remain as well and be civil. Klint admits that there is no record of how disputes or  internal conflict matters so they can only be guided about how the group want to deal with it.

They gather the group in the lean to Jodie leads the conversation, and then gives Paul the chance to tell his side of the story and he still goes with his story that Jodie made a move on him. Josie looks like she could swing for him and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mel was holding on to the back of her coat. 

Mike also says that he believes Jodie and that Paul should leave. He even goes as afar as apologising that this has even happened in the ‘family’. Josie makes it clear he needs to leave after the tribe consider both sides of the story. When Paul asks if there is anything else he can say and Josie says “a bye would be nice.” She cracks me up.

The saddest thing was that the tribe did consider things like maybe Paul was half asleep and perhaps thought he was at home but him saying that Jodie instigated it, he shot himself in the foot and was only lucky that Josie didn’t have a gun.

Day 46

Josie, Jodie and Mel are foraging for sloes and discuss the cut throat manner in which when anyone leaves, the tribe,  for 5 minutes everyone is a bit sad and then they realise they get to eat the extra rations and use of the spare furs. Which is very 10,000BC. They are also please there will be no more early morning / middle of the night crackpot hunting. So am I, I couldn’t stand to see another half arsed attempt by Paul.

Day 47

JP is first up and is explaining how hard it is to dress in the morning and how much thinking has to go into how the clothes will be worn for maximum worth and movement. JP you’re so grown up now.

The tribe plan a trip to lake but Mike has been told to rest by the medic and must remain in camp. Mel is worried that he might have come so far and may fall at the last hurdle.

JP and Mel check the fish traps, whilst Josie digs up cat tails especially for Mike. In the trap not only are there crayfish but much needed little fish that provide amazing amounts of protein. 

JP might have paid a blinding hand here by taking it easy up until now because he is literally now the last man standing and is the muscles for the group that are otherwise fatigued. 

Meanwhile Mike is evacuated from camp with breathing difficulties and is gutted but he thinks it might be time to swallow pride and accept some help. 

Back at the lake JP is now trying his hand at fishing but first he has to dig worms out of the cold hard ground and it proves too hard. 

Mel is pissed off that others think she loves working hard at getting the food because she is an outdoorsy sort of person; but she does it because she wants the tribe to make it to the end. It is leading to discontent, on her part, that people are pulling their weight and this could lead to her not making it to the end because she has worked herself to death.

Mike is in tears with Roxy and she thinks he is seriously ill. Mike thinks he has nothing more to give but I hope they give him the option of returning to camp once he has received treatment. 

Day 48


Roxy checks on Mike in the medic camp and explains to him that his liver has reacted to lack of nutrition, which has lead to his body to use up irreplaceable reserves.

Back at the camp it’s 1pm back at camp JP, Josie and Jodie are asleep but Mel is out collecting wood for the fire because a the moment she is the only one that tends to the fire, she tries to take back huge 30kg logs because they burn for longer. Meaning she doesn’t have to wake as often.

Josie comes out just as Mel returns to camp with the first log and Josie offers help bring some more despite it being unlikely she can carry them. Josie goes ahead with her log to speak to JP and Jodie to help bring back some logs. JP doesn’t feel guilty that he isn’t helping with the fire because he did it on his own for 5 weeks. He says that if Mel had just asked for his help he would have helped. Mel is of the opinion that it is a 21 st century trait that the strongest automatically help the weakest.

*Jodie decided not to make a formal complaint to the police.

Watching the ‘…and next week’ where the tribe are discussing about how they feel about the  experiment coming to an end and I’m getting emotional for them!


What is 10,000BC about?

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: 


Mike Soumelides – Simms  – Firefighter (All round handy guy to have around and always                 
                                                                 positive. Has a degree is hugs)

Josie & Jodie O’Rourke – Bookmaker / Event Manager ( Mother & Daughter )

John Paul Mullen (JP) – Club Promoter (Looked like he might walk to begin with but has           
                                                                knuckled down and getting on with it / Chatterbox)

Melissa Selling – Prop Maker (Possible contestant for Where’s Wally?)

Paul Barnes – Lorry Driver  (Wanna be Bear Grylls and someone that clearly lives on his    
                                            own for a reason) – EJECTED BY THE TRIBE
Steve Nicholson – Archer (Amateur survivalist / Tribe Leader / Strategist) – WALKED


Rachel Harding – Education Assessor (Mother of the Camp / Organised)
Paul Wilshurst – Fence Contractor (Stubborn But Hard Worker)

Emily Harding – Graphic Designer                                                      WALKED

Mary Harding – Student
Alice – Restaurant Maitre D’ (Willing to help out every day)



Perry Brookes – Landscape Gardener (Geezer) – WALKED

Kym Hall – Marketing Manager (Strong, Organised, Natural Leader) – WALKED

Oliver Farr – Electrician (Terris’s Boyfriend / Survivalist Skills / Keen to Try Anything and        
                                     Embrace Stone Age Life) – WALKED
 Terri Perry – Florist (Oliver’s Girlfriend/ Positive Person / Kind & Caring) – WALKED 

Caroline Mortimer – Retired Secretary (Stone Age enthusiast) – UNABLE TO CONTINUE 
                                                             POOR HEALTH

Aamer ‘Bobby’ Hussein – Council Duty Manager (“We’re gonna die out here” / Self  
                                                                               Proclaimed Lazy) – WALKED

Tom Reader – Digital Content Creator (Keen team member/ not shy of hard word work/        
                                                            Nature Lover) – WALKED

Kam Khaira – Housewife & Shopkeeper  – WALKED

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