Two reality shows put integrity to the test this autumn
It’s safe to say that most of us will have spent many hours dreaming of exactly what we would do if we ever won the lottery.
From fast cars and expensive holidays to clearing all our debts, the thought of getting our hands on a haul of money we haven’t had to graft hard for is extremely appealing.
Seeing as getting your hands on a winning lottery ticket to make all your money troubles disappear seems a long shot, what would you be prepared to do to get your hands on the cash?
That’s exactly what Channel 4 are going to explore this autumn with two reality shows that will test integrity and make us all question just how far we would go to boost our bank balance.
Launches 8 September at 9pm on Channel 4
Bear Grylls is back with another series of his survival show that sees a dozen Brits dumped on a desert island and left to survive for 30 days. This time the former special forces soldier has upped the ante because the islanders are not just fighting for survival. They go head to head for money as Bear’s team drop bags of cash totalling £100,000 around the island.
The twist? There are no rules where the money is concerned and that sparks all-out war in the Pacific. Viewers will see the camp bitterly divided between those who want to split the cash between them all so no one goes home empty-handed, and the rest who are hell-bent on keeping the money for themselves and prepared to play dirty to make it happen.
Bear says he’s waited years to introduce this twist to his series and admits that money brings out the best and worst in people: “I think with money, so much of society is driven by it. I understand it, it’s natural, but it’s such a powerful force in everyone’s life. But it’s interesting because ultimately money is neutral, it’s us that distils power to it and I always think money amplifies what we are and how people’s values can change when they get dazzled."
Coming this month to Channel 4
Technology has taken over our lives. We’re more likely to text someone than pick up the phone to talk and we’re all glued to our social media. When so many people are hiding behind their screens can we really know for sure who we’re talking to online?
In Channel 4’s The Circle a bunch of Brits each move into a flat in an apartment block where they can only communicate with each other through the show’s internal social media network. There’s £100,000 up for grabs and the contestants can do whatever they feel necessary to win, including lie about themselves and even pretend to be someone they’re not. How devious are they willing to be to take home the cash?
This year the show is hosted by Emma Willis, who said: "I’m an avid people watcher and fascinated by the positives and negatives of social media. I got hooked on the first series and thought it was a smart format that highlights how we shouldn’t take everything on social media at face value. I’m delighted to be part of something that is incredibly relevant and can’t wait to see how mischievous people are prepared to be for £100,000!”