It sounds like the video is saying (link with a time stamp corresponds the following)

In 2013, Grylls found himself in hot water with the local council after erecting a huge metal slide that ended with a drop off a cliff face into the sea below.

I understand the latter part, a huge metal slide.

the question is,

Is "found himself in hot water with the local council" a metaphor? If yes, what does that mean?

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    As the answer below explains, it is an idiom. But it is technically a metaphor too. "Trouble" is here conceptualized as hot water. Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 11:42

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It is an idiom.

To find oneself in hot water means to be in trouble, as stated in Cambridge dictionary.

  • Thanks for your answer. Does "with the local council" part mean that local council gives him some difficulties?
    – peterpanai
    Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 12:02
  • Most likely, given that he was in hot water. I read that off as "he was in trouble with local authorities". And if my answer is helpful, please accept it by clicking on the check symbol next to it. =) Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 12:03

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