The Big Adventure’s Jason Dundas referees a ruthless battle for buried loot
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.”
SCT’s new reality show comes from the creators of My Kitchen
Rules and House Rules but it doesn’t resemble those programs. Instead,
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.
THE BIG ADVENTURE
TONIGHT, 6.30PM, SCT