VIDEO: Ed Stafford is marooned, naked and on TV in his latest challenge
Not content with being the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, explorer Ed Stafford has now undertaken another extreme survival challenge.
The 37-year-old spent 60 days marooned naked on a desert island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a new TV show, which starts tonight on the Discovery Channel.
Viewers can watch as he captures a wild goat, cooks its meat and uses the skin for a blanket.
Ed, from Hallaton, near Market Harborough, said the hardest thing about the challenge was dealing with loneliness and "having no-one to share things with".
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The former Army captain and European Adventurer of the Year had hinted a year ago that he was contemplating another daunting challenge, but he kept his plans to be stranded on the paradise island of Olorua a closely guarded secret. Ed said he had been in discussions with the Discovery Channel about the challenge for 15 months.
"I wanted a serous challenge but I did not want to spend another two or three years walking across Africa or the like," he said.
"Then it was suggested I would be marooned on a desert island near Fiji. We had negotiated to get it down to 60 days, and I thought that would be manageable.
"But it struck home when I stepped out of the boat on to the beach and realised I was totally on my own, stark naked, with no possessions except a camera to record my attempts to survive."
The story of how Ed struggled to survive for two months without any clothes, tools or shelter will unfold in a three-part series, which starts tonight at 9pm.
The show catalogues how he came to terms with the eight-acre wooded island, which he could walk around in just 45 minutes.
Ed fashioned tools out of shells and stones and built a shelter and traps.
"It is true there were no venomous snakes or drug traffickers to deal with," he said. "But I had to find a source of water, apart from drinking the contents of coconuts, learn to create fire and locate food to eat."
Ed caught crabs, giant clams and various other sea creatures to keep himself fed.
But he set his heart on capturing and eating one of the goats on the island.
He said: "My several attempts to capture and kill a goat were a failure. But one day I came across a goat which had got trapped in vines while feeding on some leaves on a tree. It had panicked and was stuck fast and was going to die anyway."
Ed cooked some of the meat in a pit oven, using the Polynesian method of red hot rocks covered with palm leaves.
He made the skin into a blanket to keep warm at night as temperatures plunged from the 30C heat during the day.
He said he survived the loneliness by using tips he picked up from two Aborigine friends.
Ed said: "They told me not to underestimate how long 60 days on your own really is. They told me of a technique of building a ring of stones. They said if I felt panicked, to just sit inside and I would be safe.
"I would soon be chuckling and wondering what the problems were all about."
• Naked And Marooned starts 14th March at 9pm only on Discovery Channel.