Are you afraid of the Dark? This series features one of the most advanced and comprehensive tests of mental and physical survival ever captured on television. Inspired by extreme training scenarios conducted by the U.S. Military, Department of Defense, and NASA, the show features three strangers in each episode pushing themselves to their absolute limits in complete darkness — enduring days buried underground while navigating prehistoric cave systems, ancient subterranean cities and centuries-old abandoned mines.
Exploring a wide range of locations, while deprived of their most valuable sense, participants will attempt to locate each other, find and ration food and water as well as explore and map the darkness and find a way out. But can they battle against the intense mental and physiological effects of prolonged light deprivation and make it through?
The participants — who have never seen each other in the light of day — will need to become intimately familiar as they work together in confined spaces with no privacy, struggling to combine their diverse skill sets as they attempt to escape from the darkness. They'll need to work together as a team to overcome the risk of hallucination, sleep deprivation, spatial and temporal disorientation as well as extreme social tensions and environments.
If successful, they'll re-emerge to the surface and see each other for the first time. But only the toughest will have what it takes to make it through.
Documenting a project like "Darkness" has only become possible in recent years thanks to the latest advances in infrared, thermal and remote imaging technologies. This series will be produced by a highly-specialized team specifically trained to shoot in extreme environments with minimal interference. In order to keep the experience as immersive as possible, participants will also be outfitted with specialized custom-designed camera equipment enabling them to document their own experience without any exposure to light.
"Darkness" is produced for Discovery Channel by Electus. For Electus, executive producers are Christopher Grant, Drew Buckley, Rob Buchta and Max Levenson. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle is executive producer and Greg Wolf is associate producer.