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Grylls: It's all about coming home

Bear Grylls has revealed he avoids "stupid heroics" on his travels because getting home is always his priority.

The TV survival expert is known for his adventures - which have included drinking snakes' blood, eating goats' testicles and sleeping in camel carcasses - but said his life with his wife and their three sons always comes first.

"I've experienced extreme situations and it's all about coming home," said the star, who fronts a new six-part Discovery series, Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell.

"It's no good having an ego and dying doing some stupid heroics. You've got to make smart decisions out there.

"The driving light at the end of it is always getting home in one piece and I know how powerful that can be for people. On Escape From Hell that comes into sharp focus for these survivors.

"For me, my boys and wife are the driving force of my life. I love our family, it's super-special."

Bear relishes his role as a dad to Jesse, 10, Marmaduke, seven, and Huckleberry, four.

He said: "Becoming a father made me realise that being a good dad is a choice. It's easy to get swept up in other stuff and I always think I could be 10 per cent richer or more recognised, but I'm not interested in that, I want to be a good dad."

The 39-year-old went on: "People get annoyed that I say 'No' sometimes but I've learnt that my priority is to go home. I do my job and film but then get back to the boys. People say it's quality not quantity [with children] but I think you need the quantity as well."

:: Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell begins on the Discovery channel on Monday, October 7 and True Grit by Bear Grylls is published by Bantam Press, priced £20. Available on October 24.

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