Reality show contestants continue to live in the wild – months after their show is canned


UK reality show, Eden, had its contestants out in the wild for a year but the network had cancelled the show after just four episodes.

On a UK programme called Eden, 23 contestants were taken to the remote Highlands of Scotland to fend for themselves. The show was touted as a social experiment and saw the contestants live on a 600-acre estate on the Ardnamurchan peninsula without any technology or modern tools.

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The show aired in June last year but after just four episodes of the show, covering March, April and May, the show had been cancelled, as viewing dropped from 1,7 million to 800 000.

The show was taken off air in August but the contestants were not informed and they continued to live in the wild. Despite nobody watching, 13 of the 23 contestants dropped out due to sexual jealousy, hunger and infighting.

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Channel 4, the network which ran the show, released a statement saying,  “The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles. That’s why we did it and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year.”

The show's audience plummeted as UK residents said it had become "a joke" when contestants smuggled in junk food and alcohol.

Sources: Metro, The Guardian,, SF Gate

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