22/07/2014 07:37 BST | Updated 22/07/2014 07:59 BST

Bear Grylls Denies Sexism, Revealing Plans To Make A Female Version Of ‘The Island'

Bear Grylls has hit back at critics who weren’t too happy with his blokes only show ‘The Island’, by revealing that he’s hoping to make a women’s version of the survival programme.

The survival expert came under fire for the show, which saw 13 men trying to survive on a desert island.

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However, Bear Grylls - real name Edward - has now claimed that he’s hoping to create an all-female version of the show.

“The first season was very much about what has happened to modern man. But we are hoping to do both a man’s version and a woman’s version,” he told The Telegraph. “We haven’t announced anything yet, it’s not official, but that is the plan.”

‘The Island’ was also criticised by viewers who accused the production team of “faking” certain aspects of the show.

Despite insisting that all 13 men were total novices who had never undergone any survival training, four of them had actually worked with Grylls on other projects.

'The Island' castaways

Channel 4 responded to the fakery accusations, stating: “It clearly states in the programme voice-over that trained crew are part of the experiment, living under exactly the same conditions as the other men.”

"Like all of the men on the Island, their professions are captioned on screen and their backgrounds are discussed,” they said. “Biographies are also on the Channel 4 website.”

It seems Bear Grylls may already have one participant for a female version of 'The Island', as a former 'Corrie' star has apparently expressed her interest in appearing on the show.

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