A brand new competition series with a rather odd premise kicked off on BBC Two back in January 2020 and quickly gained a huge fanbase. Now, Win the Wilderness: Alaska has roped in even more fans, as the series was released to Netflix worldwide in April.
While most competitions rocket the participants to fame and celebrity, or bestow them with a cash prize or investment, this new BBC show does neither. Instead, it offers competing couples the opportunity to transform their everyday lives.
Win the Wilderness: Alaska does what is says on the tin. It follows six couples as they compete in a variety of challenges, all with the intention of taking home the grand prize: an extraordinary house in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.
After six weeks of competition, Emily and Mark claimed the prize, beating out the other couples in the final episode on Sunday, March 1st. Find out about all of the competing couples here…
Meet the winners – Emily and Mark
Warwickshire-based farmers Mark Warner and Emily Padfield know their way around the countryside and were able to bring their outdoorsy skills to the more daunting Alaska landscape with no problem.
The couple met in 2011 and they have been working together ever since.
Find out more about Mark and Emily, and follow their journey into the Alaskan wilderness on their website.
Meet all the contestants – Bee and Theo
Theo and Bee are currently driving around the world in a van. As of April 2020, they are in England. Their intention was to be in Canada, however the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to their travels.
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Matt and Rachel
Matt and Rachel have been together since they were 14 years old. The childhood sweethearts are now married!
Now, Matt works as an RAF engineer and Rachel as an account, although they are looking to switch up their day-to-day lives for life in the Alaskan wilderness.
You can follow Rachel on Instagram, where she posts pics of herself and their German Shepherd, Baloo. Matt pops up every now and again too!
Tina and Chris
Tina Perkins, 29, is an industrial designer and Chris Cullen, 30, is a sales manager.
Speaking to TV Times about the experience, Tina and Chris said:
There was a competitive side but it never reared its head in an ugly way. It was weird how well everyone got on – probably because we all crave similar lives.
Pete and Jane
Pete and Jane Gough are a married couple from Devon who have dreamt of having their own wild retreat for many years. Jane has worked as a midwife for decades and Pete has now retired from his job as a police officer.
As their children have all reached adulthood, this competition is the perfect moment for Pete and Jane to reach out of their comfort zone.
Find out more about the couple on Jane’s Instagram @janeg196.
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Jerome and Laura
Adventure-seeking academics Jerome and Laura are switching up the classroom for the great outdoors. But not only is the wild world of Alaska one of the challenges Jerome and Laura will face, the couple has only been together for a year, so it’ll be a great test of their relationship!
Jerome is a university lecturer and Laura is a sustainability consultant.
We couldn’t find either Jerome or Laura on IG, unfortunately.
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