A new series featuring daredevils pushing themselves to the limit starts on Channel 4 tonight (Monday 14th September).
Featuring one daredevil per episode, the series opens with Jeb Corliss attempting to fly down the Matterhorn in Switzerland in a winged Teflon suit, within five feet of the jagged cliff face.
Corliss has found that the thrill he gets from leaping from the world’s highest buildings and mountains is the only way to free himself from his dark moods and suicidal tendencies: ‘Through death, I found my life.’
Future episodes feature attempts to cross one of the world’s highest canyons, hundreds of feet above the ground on an inch-wide rope without a safety harness; to run a marathon 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, barefooted and wearing only a pair of shorts; and to take a home-made flying car on an odyssey from London to Timbuktu, driving across Europe and flying across sea and desert.
The extraordinary scenes of bravery and athleticism prompt the question: why do these characters push themselves further than anyone else on the planet.
Daredevils, Mondays 9pm on Channel 4