Man vs. Beast

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Man vs. Beast is a series of sensationalistic television specials aired in the United States by the Fox television network. The shows were produced by Brian Richardson and directed by Bob Levy. They involve a variety of challenges in which people and animals compete against each other. Although the initial special, Man vs. Beast, was panned by critics[1] and animal rights groups,[2] Fox commissioned a sequel, Man vs. Beast 2, which aired on February 20, 2004.

In 2003, ITV commissioned Granada Productions to re-create the American special for British audiences. A six-part series was filmed, hosted by John Fashanu. However, owing to heavy lobbying by animal rights groups,[3] transmission of the series was postponed indefinitely.


The competitions included the following matchups:

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  1. ^ Robert Weintraub (January 16, 2003). "Aaron Sorkin Mauled by Fox: The disturbing appeal of Man vs. Beast". Retrieved 2006-06-15.
  2. ^ "Unnatural Animal Acts A Turnoff". Born Free Foundation. Retrieved 2006-06-15.
  3. ^ "Man vs Beast – programme may be scrapped". Captive Animals' Protection Society. Retrieved 2006-06-15.

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