Baz's Extreme Worlds: Series One
Baz's Extreme Worlds see Baz Ashmawy immerse himself in very different but extreme and tough worlds. In Programme One, Baz travels to one of America's highest security prisons in the town of McAlester. In other shows, Baz spends time with the New York Fire Brigade, goes on board a fishing boat to experience life as an Irish fisherman, delves into the world of cage fighting in the north of Ireland, lives with a survivalist in the snow deserts of the north of Sweden, and travels with the Irish army to Chad.
Baz visits Oklahoma State Penitentiary, a maximum security prison. It holds 1,400 highly dangerous criminal, 73 of whom are on death row. Most of the inmates are on 23 hour lockdown. For two days every year, Oklahoma State Penitentiary gives them the opportunity to participate in the world's only 'behind the walls' prison rodeo. It is very violent and dangerous.
Baz Ashmawy admits that during the six months filming for his new television series Baz's Extreme Worlds, nothing pushed him more mentally or physically than his days aboard the fishing boat The Martin Luther. Baz joined the crew of the 120ft Beam Trawler in Kilmore Quay, Wexford, and worked onboard as they fished the deep Atlantic ocean for monkfish and megrin. Here lived with the tight crew that included the Captain Pigeon, the deckhands Jay, Chico and Dan, and the cook Jimmy. Baz's trip out to the deep brought the crew face to face with some very dangerous and tough conditions.
New York city is home to almost 9 million people. It has over 5,000 skyscrapers and high rise apartment blocks. It has 11,000 of the most aggressive firefighters in the world. For a week, Baz was given access all areas to some of the busiest stations in New York.
Squad 41 is one of the elite stations. They specialise in extreme situations like chemical fires subway crashes and terrorist attcks. They train Baz into the world of fire fighting by bringing him to the FDNY training academy.
Cage fighting is the fastest growing sport in the world. Baz follows the story of Chris Stringer, 23, a rising star of cage fighting in Northern Ireland with aspirations to win international titles. In this programme Baz follows Chris as he prepares for a big international bout against American champ Rich 'No Love' Clementi. A win will mean he could get a crack the American cage fighting world. Chris's fiancé Lynne Holt, herself a cage fighter, is standing by her man all the way
Baz's Extreme Worlds see Baz Ashmawy immerse himself in very different but extreme and tough worlds. In Programme One, Baz travelled to one of America's highest security prisons in the town of McAlester. Once a year the prison warden, Randal J Workman, allows prisoners that are on 23 hour lock down, to participate in a real live rodeo within the prison walls. In other shows, Baz spends time with the New York Fire Brigade, goes on board a fishing boat to experience life as an Irish fisherman, delves into the world of cage fighting in the north of Ireland, lives with a survivalist in the snow deserts of the north of Sweden, and travels with the Irish army to Chad.
The Arctic is one of the harshest environments in the world. With average winter temperatures of -25 degrees. In this programme Baz joins a a survival expedition, led by survivalist Ross Bowyer, into the arctic wastelands. In his journey Baz survives for 32 hours without food in temperatures of -25 degrees, sleeping rough in the snow.
In tonight's show Baz travels with the Irish army to war-torn Chad. Baz joins the force's 101st Battalion for the first ten days of a four month mission. After 4 days acclimatisation Baz is allowed to join a 48 hour patrol into the heart of rebel territory.