Viewers watched the England manager join Bear Grylls to try out his survival skills on Dartmoor in Bear’s Mission with Gareth Southgate, broadcast on ITV on Thursday night.
Social media reaction to the festively pointless escapade seemed pleasant enough but The Telegraph derided the show, claiming that Grylls had scored an “own goal with his Southgate adventure” – awarding it just two stars in a recent review.
— ITV (@ITV) December 20, 2018
Nervous fans saw the man who led the national team to a World Cup semi-final go face first down a cliff in between heart-to-heart chats and sweeping landscape views that made us think it was just the two of them out there.
As the nation enjoyed the programme, these were the best tweets and jokes from Bear’s Mission with Gareth Southgate on ITV:
Great entrance their by bear and Gareth,2ft drop from a chopper #bearandgareth
— neil devine 🏴 (@trimdonsmoggie) December 20, 2018
Bear don’t kill Gareth he’s the best England manager we’ve had in years #BearAndGareth
— Tractor Boy (@Tractor_Boy82) December 20, 2018
When I saw #bearandgareth trending I genuinely thought one of the greatest military survival experts this country has ever produced met Bear Grylls
Imagine my disappointment… pic.twitter.com/xoW8HpjbfO
— Mark McKinley (@markgmckinley) December 21, 2018
I love Gareth Southgate so much I’ll even tolerate Besr Grylls for an hour #BearandGareth
— Luke Vials (@Luke_Vials) December 20, 2018
— Si Juster ⚒ (@JusterCR8) December 20, 2018
— Shannon Tudor (@shandog87) December 20, 2018
If I wanted to see two men suck each other’s dicks in the countryside I’d watch Brokeback Mountain
Puts on Netflix #bearandgareth
— Jonny Holland (@JonnyBerlin84) December 20, 2018
— Scott Wiles (@scott_w88) December 20, 2018
Can you imagine big Sam doing this 😂😂#BearAndGareth
— Morgan (@MorganCampbel) December 20, 2018
— Jellybeansean (@Whathaveyadone) December 20, 2018
Is this 1000 ways to try and kill Gareth Southgate? 😳😂 #bearandgareth
— Stephanieeee (@shardyyyyx) December 20, 2018
#bearAndgareth no back up saftey rope? Why say that when there was blatantly a back up safety rope??
— DUNCAN BURGESS (@DUN_CAN_B) December 20, 2018
— Alex Hamer (@AlexHamer1) December 20, 2018
Bear Grylls almost killing Southgate isn't ideal. We've got a Nation's League to win!! #BearAndGareth
— Liam Kent (@tnekmail) December 20, 2018
SPOILER – Gareth Southgate doesn't die. Still making me anxious though, like "There's one steak bake under the counter and I'm three back in the queue" anxious #bearandgareth
— Damien St John (@damienstjohn) December 20, 2018
— Paul Stanley 🏴 (@PaulStanley20) December 20, 2018
— 🌻Paul Foster (@PaulFoz) December 20, 2018
🏃♂️ When she says she's got a free house… pic.twitter.com/5jNDPfZF6T
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 20, 2018
There seems to A total lack of concern for Southgates safety here. You don't leave someone who has no experience with ropework to connect their own harness to a tyrolean traverse. Shocking. #bearandgareth
— Simon Cooke (@simoncookephoto) December 20, 2018
— Bryonie Baxter (@bryonieb) December 20, 2018
Most British thing ever…
Gareth: 'It was windy, cold, raining, I just laid awake all night thinking"
Bear: "Good sleep?"
Gareth: "Yeah not bad" #bearandgareth
— John Taylor (@john00taylor) December 20, 2018
Likeable chap, Southgate. Let's make him Prime Minister. #bearandgareth
— Diabetic Dad (@DiabeticDadUK) December 20, 2018