The Big Ad­ven­ture’s Ja­son Dundas ref­er­ees a ruth­less bat­tle for buried loot

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

NO WON­DER Ja­son Dundas is ex­cited. At the end of The Big

Ad­ven­ture he is go­ing to tell one of the show’s con­tes­tants: “You have just won $ 1 mil­lion.”

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The Big Ad­ven­ture is a mashup of Sur­vivor with The Hunger Games, In­di­ana Jones, The Amaz­ing Race, Wipe­out and It’s a Knock­out. A dozen Aussies on a se­cret South Pacifi c is­land face a se­ries of tor­tur­ous team and in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges. Con­tes­tants who win the chal­lenges get the chance to dig for a guar­an­teed $ 1 mil­lion in a spe­cially de­signed Trea­sure Grid which looks like the ru­ins of a Mayan tem­ple.

The show’s hero el­e­ment is the mam­moth Sky Rig – a sta­dium sus­pended over wa­ter – where all the team chal­lenges take place. It looks like some­thing out of Kevin Cost­ner’s Water­world.

When com­peti­tors fi rst ar­rived at the is­land, they had no idea what the show was about. It was left to Dundas to re­veal the size of the prize and it’s fair to say that the con­tes­tants were dumb­founded.

“When you stand in front of th­ese 12 av­er­age Aus­tralians and you tell them that one of them is go­ing to win $ 1 mil­lion – it gave me goose bumps,” Dundas says.

The com­peti­tors are a mixed bunch. They range in age from 23 to 52 and in­clude the out­spo­ken cos­metic surgery rep Jess, ship’s cook Paul, grand­fa­ther Sean and tradie Mark. Some, like 28- yearold con­ser­va­tion­ist An­naleis and 25- year- old land­scaper Dane, whose twin brother Luke has cere­bral palsy, have al­tru­is­tic plans if they win big. Oth­ers just bla­tantly want a mil­lion bucks – and will do any­thing to get it.

“I get phys­i­cally and emotionally aff ected when I have to tell some­one they have lost a chal­lenge or they have been elim­i­nated,” Dundas says.



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