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Reality Show Set in Wilderness Taken Off Air, No One Tells Contestants - Variety
The Channel 4 program, "Eden," assembled 23 men and women and dispatched them to a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, where they were told to set up a self-sufficient community. The group was cut off from any contact with the outside world, and had to "decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock," according to a statement released when the show was first announced.

The year-long experiment was recorded by a four-strong crew as well as personal cameras and a fixed rig. Four episodes of the show - covering March, April and May - were broadcast last summer. But ratings slipped from 1.7 million to 800,000, leading Channel 4 to pull the plug on further updates.

No one bothered to tell the remaining contestants, who reportedly endured boredom and infighting, were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed, and only emerged last week from their less than splendid isolation to discover that their fellow Brits voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

by generic on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 10:26:36 PM EST
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a very old story.

Seems that sometimes mundane reality of normal people being petty minded and unkind is just...boring office politics. And you need a really good scriptwriter to make that into interesting TV.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 09:54:41 AM EST
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