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      28.08.2002 22:07
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      I’m a Celebrity get me out of here, is basically a celebrity survivor programme, where 8 celebrity’s have to survive in the outback and it raises money for charity. CONTESTANTS ************** The 8 lucky celebrity’s are NIGEL BEN A former super middle weight boxing champ of the world. URI GELLER A professional spoon bender!!!!! DARREN DAY A singer very much sounding like Cliff Richard and appears in musicals. CHRISTINE HAMILTON Famous for being Neil Hamiltons wife! TARA PALMER-TOMPKINSON Celebrity IT girl who gets paid for going and being seen at parties. (what a hard life) NELL MCANDREW Presents ‘it’s a knock out’ RHONA CAMERON Lesbian comedian who had her own sitcom. TONY BLACKBURN A DJ on capital gold. So as you can tell they are all very well known celebrities who are very much in lime light!!!!NOT They have basically seen what celebrity bigbrother did for Clair Sweeny and the others careers and thought it could'nt do their careers any harm!! DESTINATION ************* The Australian jungle 50km in from north Queensland, where they will be faced with 4inch bird eating spiders, 35 species of snakes, and temperatures as high as 37 degrees!!!! (What some people will do to get noticed!!!) PRESENTER *********** The presenters of the show are the one and only Ant and Dec. They will presenting the show from the site in the jungle where cameras are filming the contestants 24hrs a day. WHEN ARE WHERE’S IT ON? ************************** The show is aired on channel 3 (ITV) at 9pm, this is 6am Australian time, where we get to see highlights of everything that went on the previous day, and we get to see snippets of what is happening in real time, where amazingly everyone is up and about as they have no idea of what time it is, as a watch woul
      d have been a luxury item. WHAT IS THE GIST OF IT THEN? **************************** Well the contestants have to survive on a basic rationing of rice and water, but they get the chance to win more luxury food items in the bush tucker trials. The bush tucker trials are decided by a public vote, this being where the money comes in to raise the cash for the show and for charity. You have to vote for which contestant you most want to see do a challenge. The first challenge was done by Tara, where she underwent a shower of grubs and earned extra food for the group, the second challenge is for Nigel and he is going to be confronted with snakes. They have to do a challenge everyday in order to receive these extra goodies. Also each day a leader is chosen from the tribe and has to tell everyone else what to do in order for the camp to run smoothly. Also a pair of contestants are sent out into the jungle with a map and compass in order to find a treasure chest and bring it back to camp and choose which side of the chest to open. In one side of the chest there is something useful for in the jungle and in the other side something not quite so useful such as a Tony Blackburn book of party fun!!!! The show is aired 7 nights a week for two weeks. In the first week we see how they get on with one another and see them do the tasks, and in the second week you get to vote out a contestant each day until you are left with the celebrity King of the jungle!!! There is also live footage on ITV2, as well as the hour long show on week nights at 9pm. So far I was enjoying seeing Tara suffer, but I think she is being babied by the group now, and I love the dispute's between Nigel and Rhona. Seeing the celeb’s sleeping in Hammocks in fear of their lives is great, but I do wish that they got the same kind of treatment as the real contestants in survivor, as they had a much more r
      oar deal.

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        30.05.2002 17:14
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        So the result is out! Jonny has it - whitewash in fact. The tribe voted and not a single vote went to poor old Susannah. What drove the contestants to this result? Survivor, ITV’s answer to Big Brother sent 12 individuals to remote islands in Panama and left them to survive. One winner. £1,000,000.00. Fly on the wall television at its best, we followed the contestants night and day, watching them interact and strategize. One of the main differences to its rival Big Brother is the fact that the outside world had no say in what went on until the very end (and even then it was too late) - the only people the contestants had to impress or manipulate were their fellow contestants. This was series 2. In the beginning were the Tribes and loyalty abounded as the two tribes fought for immunity. This tribal loyalty carried through the programme, although in common with life in the real world, it was really only the underdogs who truly stuck together. Tribes first, and then individual contenstants fought, through games and tasks, for immunity from eviction at the tribal councils where contestants slowly picked each other off and sent the weakest, or those posing the most threat, home. Life on the island was far removed in some respects from real life, yet the end result was so everyday. In this second series there was a little more survival called for than in the first. Conditions on the islands, particularly the last when the tribes merged to form Columbus, were far from ideal (as had been the case in the first series) although there were concessions made to comfort. I felt that this programme lacked the immediate drama of Big Brother, the fact that it was heavily edited meant that a lot was lost. The interest for me though was in the psychology of the voting. The final programme was impassioned with things being said that really made you feel for the two remaining contestants. Jonny, the victor, seemed, i
        f anything, the least confident, yet as the programme progressed it was clear where the loyalties of his fellow contestants lay. He played the “don’t mind” card, interspersing what should have been pleas to win with humour and buoying up the egos of his fellow contestants. Susannah, on the other hand, played the traditional “I should win” card. She was always going to have the harder task. She would have lost one vote from John as she denied him the chance to be in the final. Other votes were lost as she had let people down and was just too self-assured. Jonny was down to earth and everybody’s friend. Susannah was the posh little rich kid who was undoubtedly intelligent but needed little help from the others to climb the social ladder. Jonny on the other hand was praised from the heights. He was praised for rising through the ranks and most importantly for being himself. I am not a fan of this kind of television. I think that it exploits the human desire to compete to an unacceptable degree. There is enough scheming and hatred in the world without dangling a carrot of £1m to encourage people. The analysis of such programmes can be fascinating but is it really entertainment that makes us watch these things? The challenges played on the island could have been played without the need to pit man against man in such a double dealing environment. I hope that the contestants genuinely did get a lot out of the experience. To watch some of them I doubt it. Very strong feelings had been uncovered in a totally unnatural way. The programme asked more of the contestants than that they should simply take it on the nose - they asked that hit after hit should come raining down on the perceived underdog. So, why did it turn out the way it did. It seems that Susannah was felt undeserving, not through lack of talent or skill but through perceived lack of need. Jonny on the other hand made no a
        pology for who he was and although he seemed to adapt he did not change. This was very much like the victor Charlotte from series one (also a police officer!). This I would take as a lesson - be yourself, you cannot be anyone else. Will there be a series 3? Would I join in? No, not for me. I want to fight my own battles with people of my choosing (or at least people with whom I find myself because of natural circumstance). I could not subject myself to the intrusive nature of these programmes nor the feeling that I had to crush my fellow men to win. Compete, yes, Kill, no. Island life, yes, TV crew no......

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          29.05.2002 17:28
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          I didn't start watching the first series of Survivor till the last two or three were left. This series has, IMO had more interesting people on it, and dare I say it NICER people. I'm probably out on my own in liking Bridget and wishing she could have won, but there you are I've said it. Given my alternative format for the show - read on for that - I think she is the one that would ultimately have survived the longest on her own or made the most contribution to the others' survival. There's a reason here though. I don't think the programme has much to do with actually surviving. Lucy Irvine's Castaway is one of my favourite books. Contrast that with the programme and life for our TV Survivors looks almost cushy. I'd like to see them dumped on somewhere where they REALLY have to work at survival and where they have to beg to come home, rather than getting rid of each other. The person that gets voted to leave is the one that convinces the others that they need or deserve to go back to 'civilisation', and that they aren't really needed to help the others survive. Some of the challenges haven't meant much in terms of the skills required to maintain an existence in such a place. If you know, for instance, that you haven't got much drinking water, you don't go and stand out in the sun in the middle of the day. You do what needs to be done in the sun in the mornings and evenings when it's cooler. Nevertheless, I'll be there at the end of this series when it comes down to the last two and who wins the big prize, and also when the winner, comfortably back home, says what they really think about the others. I hope this time they don't let the winner do any TV presenting unless they really have a talent for it. I reckon Susannah would be excellent presenting the Holiday programme.

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            25.05.2002 18:45
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            I haven't watched the programme from the start but it has now gripped me, Im hooked! It has turned from a calm wednesday nights viewing and the occaisional gripping moment to tense nail biting action. People may ask how a group of people living on an island can be so entertaining, well to be honest i really don't kno but it it! Peoples personalitys shine through we get to kno the boring and the brilliant. We love soem we hate some, we don't know why we just do. We lean towards one person andwant that person to win and are brough to the verge of tears if that person is voted off, i mean why? we don't even know these people. I think it is apparent to everyone that Jhonny is going to win. Everyone on the panel loves him and keep sayin what a nice guy he is. Suzannah is allready loaded and i think she is just there for the experience. We where all shocked to see her win amunity and all knew that John would be voted off. I wanted John to win he was an all rounder and extremely funny. Next weeks viewing won;t be the same without him. I thin kwe where all glad to see Bridget go, She was sooooo boring and went on for about half an hour about how much coffee each memeber of her family drank!!! arghhhhhhhhh!! As the show draws to an end it becaomes a fight for survival, food supplys are running low and everyone is in a foul mood, One good thing obout the show was that they ahve all lost weight. Some of the chalenges this time have been really harsh, imagine being right infront of your loved one and not beign able to talk or touch them and you havent seen them for week on end!! The cbhoice being to brake the rules and talk to them for a few seconds or to persuvier and perhaps be i nwith a chance of spending half an hour together? And imagine knowing that a box has arrived for you packed with goods from your loved ones and everyone else in the group received theirs and you arn't allowed yours, thou
            ghts of the box's contents whizzing tround your mind all day long! What makes these mad people subject themselves to starvation and isolation? Well it has to be the 1 million pounds. But out of all the contestents only one can be victorious!! I think they are all suvivors for making it on the island withouhgt going stark raving mad. And now that's over Big brother is taking over, a similar situation but this time in a house, surely this is a breeze compared to survivor? We'll ahve to watch to find out. Good luck Suzannah and Johnny although Johnny doesn't need much luck!!!

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              19.05.2002 21:35
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              Don?t you remember the times when you were watching big brother and you just wished they would start teaming up and stabbing people in the back??? I know I do, and survivor has fulfilled my desire for nastiness. If survivor was a fair program then surely big Dave should have won? He was great. A nice bloke who deserved the money. But nice guys finish last in Survivor. You need to be evil to win, and you need to have a plan. That is why Survivor is so fun to watch. Not only is there the excitement early on of the challenges for immunity, where you hope that your favourite tribe (the one with big Dave) wins again so the rubbish people (Bridget) don?t stay on for yet another week, but then there is the scheming and lying afterwards as people make sure they are safe for another week. I think that Survivor has been a bit disappointing the last couple of weeks though, and the same thing happened last series. When the two tribes merge the bigger tribe just votes off the members of the smaller tribe one by one. There is no tension; there is no mystery as to what will happen. Immunity is almost irrelevant. It is times like this that I wish the contestants could be a little bit meaner. If somebody stabbed his or her tribe in the back and made everything a little bit more exciting, made everybody trust nobody. That would make the program perfect. As it stands Survivor is only good, not amazing. I would still recommend it to anyone though. It is a good way to spend an hour a week, although I probably wouldn?t bother with the ?in depth? interview with the contestant who has just been knocked out which follows the program. There is rarely anything of interest said, unless the person thought they had an alliance and it turns out they were being lied to. (Lee) Then it is fun to see their little face when they find out what has happened!! Survivor is a fun program, and this year the public get what could be the deciding vote, and that
              means we might control the million. Perfect!! I just have one more thing to say to the producers of Survivor: Let the evil people have more power. (Susannah will win)

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                we are now nearing the end of a decent, if over-hyped series. The program is from an american idea, where there are two tribes surviving on an island with limited supplies. If they lose a challenge against the other tribe, they have to vote one of their members off. After 6 weeks, the tribes merge into one clan, and compete in challenges. If they dont win a challenge, they are liable to be voted off at tribal council. The winner wins one million pounds. The original nowhere nEAR met expectations in viewing audience, and after being scheduled to run twice or 3 times a week, it is now only shown one a week, with an extra program to interview those who have left the island. We are now only left with 3 members, and two rounds left. These are suzannah, a very posh english teacher, john, a barrister and ex-royal marines commando and johnny, a police constable. There are always surprises on store here, as different people can turn on each other at tribal council as they please. Beware though: this programme is MUCH less about survival and much, much, much more about how the survivors react with one another and who they try to vote off the island. It is also seeming quite fake at times, with rice provided and cameras everywhere (there are 100s of crew temporarily living nearby) so this is NOT about living in the wilds and surviving there, ala rick mears extreme survival is. But it can provide some envigorating viewing, especially at a time when TV is generally so poor at this time of year. There is always a surprise in store in this programme and i would strongly suggest that if you havent watched it so far, or only watched the first few episoded, that you tune in on thursday.

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                  15.05.2002 22:48
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                  I have been watching Survivor this year, I seem to get drawn into these reality shows, despite desperately wanting to avoid them, and then I just can’t escape them! When’s it on? ‘Survivor’ is broadcast on Wednesday nights on ITV1 starting between 9.45pm and 10pm (I personally think it should be on earlier, but the footy gets in the way of this), it is presented by Mark Nicholas. The main programme lasts for an hour, then after the news, ‘Survivor: the last word’ is shown – this is where the latest evictee discusses their experiences. For complete Survivor addicts, if you can bear the appalling (lack of) presentation skills of Charlotte Hobrough (winner of last year’s Survivor) then there’s ‘Survivor RAW’ on ITV2 (shown at various times throughout the week) which basically mixes the main programme with chat and interviews and a few extra bits. The Idea: I’m sure most of you are familiar with the concept of the show, however for those of you that aren’t, here’s a quick explanation: Survivor is a reality TV show, the winner of which can win £1 million. This series features 12 contestants who are stranded on a tropical island where they must work together to survive, each survivor is given basic survival equipment: mosquito repellent, malaria tablets, water purification tablets, sun block, a water bottle, sandals, boots, a pack. The game requires teamwork, cunning and endurance to complete various challenges for rewards and immunity (the chance to avoid being voted off). Every few days the contestants attend a meeting called Tribal Council where they vote on who should leave. When there are 2 contestants left it is down to the Jury (the last 6 contestants) and the public to vote on who should walk away with the money; this will be shown live on ITV. The Second Series Last year’s Survivor was a great success, with huge viewing fi
                  gures; it doesn’t look as if this year will bring the same results the 2nd episode had less viewers than BBC1's Ten O’clock News. This year the show is set in Panama which doesn’t have quite the same feel as the Pacific Island used last year; the weather is pretty bad and the island is not as picturesque, however the contestants don’t have the problem of rats this year! The contestants have had to complete various challenges throughout their time on the island, including the ‘log challenge’ where they stood on a log, in the sea for over 24 hours (silly people!). Other challenges have been to eat various grubs, collect spiders from a bat infested cave, assault courses, archery course, standing with hands tied above your head in the midday sun for as long as possible, hang from a bar over the sea, and other tasks designed to test mental and physical stamina. All I can say is ‘rather them than me’! I’m quite happy sitting on the sofa with a cuppa watching other loons do these pointless things (well I suppose there is a million in it)! I have not found it as interesting as last year, probably because it’s just not new anymore but also because it’s been quite predictable so far. Each week I have worked out who is going to be evicted, and until recently South Island have systematically voted off the remaining members of North Island tribe; perhaps it will get more interesting from now on…. We are now down to the last 4 contestants vying for £1 million, they all come from the same original tribe – South Island: John: a short physiotherapist-turned-Barrister from Winchester! (I think I want him to win!). Also an ex-marine commando, but he hasn’t told the others this! Bridget: a shepherdess from Oxfordshire used to hard, outdoor work and likes to take the lead on this, much to the annoyance of some of the others. Susannah: an English Teacher
                  from London, she’s confident and looks like she can be quite scheming. Jonny: Another favourite of mine, he’s a Police Constable from Edinburgh, he gets on well with John. Contestants who will, so far, make up the jury are: Dave (the lovable Geordie), Drew (the female fire-fighter), Alastair (Scottish Oil Co. director) and Helen (the barmaid who’s pretty friendly with Alastair)! So who’s going to win? My predictions are that Bridget will be voted off next, followed by Susannah leaving John and Jonny in the final. Ultimately I would like John to win as I think he deserves it most; he has consistently been strong and a team player. According to the website 53% think John will win, 30% think Jonny, 9% think Susannah and 8% think Bridget, we shall see…. Conclusion: I’m not sure Panama has been the best location and I haven’t found the contestants as interesting as last year, I will wait and see what the next few episodes bring before I make a firm conclusion. Not as good as last year, but worth a look.

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                    27.07.2001 01:29
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                    I must apologise to regular readers - I am currently doing the 800 word version of churning, but read on, you know you want it. Sadly, this marvellously expensive bauble has come to an end, and Monday nights will not be the same. After the format’s riproaring success in the States, ITV imagined that ‘Survivor’ would be a massive success as well, but it singularly failed to capture the public’s imagination. More people watched ‘Survivor’ than did the other big ‘reality’ show currently on terrestrial TV (‘Big Brother’), but the difference wasn’t so great, and what in fact happened was that C4 were getting what they considered high ratings, while ITV were getting low ones. In retrospect, I can’t imagine why anyone is surprised, or why ‘Survivor 2’ is already in the planning stages (though I am looking forward to it). It’s pretty obvious why the show failed – no glamour, no gossip, and a rather depressing view of humanity. Contestants never sit around flirting and messing about – they scheme, they plot, they undermine each other. From the outset, because of the big prize, because of the endless competition, this was very much about offing the opposition and winning the big money. Moreover, for a ‘Big Brother’ audience reared on being able to waste their choice of the nominated housemates, ‘Survivor’ was not interactive – the contestants decide who to ditch. The action of each weekly show was taken up with tests, challenges, rather than hot-tub moments and pissing about. Worst of all, the show was hosted not by the gratingly ordinary Davina McCall, but by Mark Austin, a measured and intelligent ITV foreign correspondent, who looks like a Hollywood matinee idol from the 1950s, and dresses like Robert Redford in ‘Out of Africa’. It’s probably telling that while ‘Big Brother’ has con
                    spired desperately to encourage someone to shag someone else and failed, Charlotte and Adrian quite obviously had sex in ‘Survivor’, but we didn’t see it. So why did I like it? Simple, for all the reasons it wasn’t like ‘Big Brother’. It was about tactics, about stategy, about naked human instinct for survival and conquest. ‘Big Brother’ purports to present ordinary people being ordinary; ‘Survivor’ presents a specially selected group of extraordinary people (most had army or police experience, and they had been rigourously tested) in extraordinary circumstances. What it revealed was not what people are like, but what people can be like when faced with extremes. It was true Darwinism – survival of the fittest – mentally, physically, and fundamentally, ethically. The two final candidates were those most able to use and discard other human beings. Tabloid favourite Charlotte (aka ‘The Harlot’) could keep pace with the best of them, but used her bikini and averagely pretty face to win endless combinations of people over. She played them off each other with immaculate skill. I never liked Charlotte, but she was immensely impressive. She made only a few enemies (and they both voted for her in the end). Meanwhile, Jackie, the surprise finalist, had gained her place by dumping on anyone and everyone, using people and plotting explicitly. In the end, people who had been Jackie’s friends voted against her, in favour of someone they had always hated, because she had been their friend and then metaphorically gobbed on them. ‘Survivor’ was a study in psychology, an experiment in what you can make people do to themselves and each other in order to win cash. But some of it was very funny – the incompetent early contestants, lined up to be destroyed. There was Zoe, the hilariously funny, scathing lesbian whose double act with Eve the incredibly h
                    ard-faced ex-army dwarf was superb. Nobody was better at acid put-downs and insults than Eve, and I so wanted her to win, but it wasn’t to be. There was also a whole heap of unintentional comedy, as various participants deluded themselves as they attempted to delude others. There was Pete, the god-bothering Stockport catalogue model, who carried his own absurd, self-righteous image of himself to quite psychotic levels of self-delusion, inaware of his own hypocrisy in criticising others of betraying him and banging on about his faith, all the while being a contestant on a £1 millon game show. There was Nick, the absurdly cocky first victim, clearly thinking he could play everyone like a harmonica, only to be booted out unceremoniously on the first show for being thoroughly objectionable. And best of all, there was cut-price Hannibal Lecter Richard, a psychiatrist who clearly thought himself to be some kind of sage, but who revealed ultimately that he was a poor judge of character and an embarrassing narcissist. His hijacking of the final to show how intelligent and insightful he was was panto of the highest order (in particular his endless, pointless explanation of why he voted for Charlotte, screened with perfect timing when we knew it was already in the bag for her anyway). The sheer ruthlessness and inhumanity of ‘Survivor’ is probably what alienated people from the programme, but that is what made it so compelling for me, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Mrs Lazenby says she will burn my DVDs if get anywhere, I would be applying myself. So, I can only wait for the next series, when another band of devious castaways get a chance to stick it to each other.

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                      The Survivor programme has finished and the winner, Charlotte Hobrough, has been given her million pounds. This programme has been very disappointing right from the start. I tried on a number of occasions to get interested in the show as normally I like this type of programme. However, I think there were some serious conflicts in the concept of the programme. A million pound prize money is bound to make the contestants very self-centred and this was obvious throughout. But the format of the show put the contestants into tribes and these tribes were supposed to confront challenges as a team. The objectives of the individuals were not the same as the objectives of the tribes and this was obvious on many occasions. Most of the contestants were middle-class and had little experience of doing anything for themselves, let along surviving in a hostile environment. Their backgrounds meant that there was also little sympathy for the contestants when they were short of food or had a difficult task as they still could not look after each other and work together. The play acting of the tribal council was farcical and although the production team tried to make the set look authentic, to me it always looked like something from a Christmas pantomime. The worst aspect for me was the pretence. One particular situation sticks in my mind. Two of the contestants were sat on the beach talking to each other about how lovely the scene was, with nobody else around and the beautiful sea and sun. BUT, there was a cameraman a couple of feet in front of their face, probably a sound man, a production assistant and a director. Did the show producers really think that we were that stupid? I am sure the programme makers are now wishing that the prize had only been £1000 as the viewing figures were so low and there was such a poor public interest. Good luck to Charlotte with the money. Although I understand that she has said that she wi
                      ll spend it slowly and go back to her job as a policewoman. How sad! Surely after an experience like hers of a couple of months on a South Chine Sea island and now being a million pound richer should make her realise there is lot more to life than pounding the beat in Cardiff. Oh well, some people will never learn.

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                        So, at last it is all over. For forty days and forty nights an eclectic gang of contestants have 'battled' it out to see who survives and ultimately wins a staggering £1m. The winner tonight has been revealed as Charlotte, a very giggly, Welsh policewoman, who, frankly, is one of the *least* deserving of the whole bunch. The runner up, Jackie, an airline buyer was one of the most devious and obnoxious people you would ever wish to meet. Neither of these two would last two minutes on a real desert island if they hadn't had the rest of the contestants 'carrying' them until the end .... and this REALLY bugs me. ~~~ I have found this program to be completely cock eyed, in the fact that instead of the person with the most skill and resource being the ultimate winner, as is the usual format in game shows, in this case the *most* deserving and skilful contestants were kicked off the island along the way, leaving two misfit finalists, who had got to the final really by default, therefore. The bye-line for this series was 'trust no one' and by golly it certainly was a case of this. The winner, Charlotte's husband might be uttering these words at his wife's affair with one of the other contestants on the island! Disgusting. ~~~ The 'game' went like this; Sixteen people were taken to some remote island and split into two tribes; Helang and Ular. The aim of the game was to see who could 'survive' the longest. However, instead of this being a true feat of real survival skills, the rules meant that by a system of voting, every member had a chance to vote another contestant off the island (usually if they were one of the more skilled or deserving contestants). Every three days there was an 'immunity challenge‘, which, if won, made you immune to being voted off. Simple? Not likely. The game was completely flawed because as it worked out, the *worst* contestants triumphed. There w
                        ere some really top notch survival experts among the contestants, such as JJ, Andy, Eve and another guy that was booted off first who was an *expert* survivalist. They had no chance. ~~~ Therefore in the end, we ended up with two fluffies who wouldn't know a compass from an egg timer as the finalists. The latter few evictees from the island then had to choose one of them to win the million pounds. (Which must have been excruciating for those who knew they were a hundred times better than either of them). All this show has done is illustrate how deviousness, backstabbing and cheating on your partner you can earn you BIG! Morality went completely out of the window. Skill was not an issue; the most able survivors got knocked out, although Eve almost scraped through till the end. I cannot get my head round how a show that was based on survival skills in the wild, throws up two finalists who had the *least* ability to survive. It's ludicrous! ~~~ I watched the show simply because it was an interesting concept, the scenery was lovely and there had been nothing like it on TV before. However, should there be another series I will definitely not be watching it ... unless there is a radical re-think of the rules of the game. I have watched people cheat, lie and backstab each other, while the ones who played the game fairly and morally didn’t really stand a chance and this is so unsatisfying. I feel cheated really, after watching the series for so many weeks and seeing *worthy* contestants being kicked out by much feebler and less deserving personalities. Bad.

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                          I did, wasn't it exciting! I can't stand Richard but I was sure that he'd be in the final as I thought that the last immunity challange would be a physical one and he always won them! It was great to see him get chucked out! Who would of thought that Charlotte would be through to the final, she has done really wekk considering she was a member of the enemy team Helang! Now it's down to the jury to decide who should win the million, who will vote for Charlotte, and who will vote for Jackie? I think that Andy, James and Pete will vote for Charlotte and I also think that Richard will vote for Jackie because of their strong alliance, but as for Eve, Zoe and Mick I haven't got a clue! Eve and Zoe hated them both and Mick never had a bad word to say about anyone! The final is on Wednesday night at 8.30pm so be sure to watch and see who gets the big prize!

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                            19.07.2001 20:55
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                            Weeks have passed on the island and now the real crunch time is coming. The final is to be aired in two parts next week and we will finally find out wish person won the £1 million first prize. Survivor at first to me was nothing more than a game show on an island but now it has developed into an exciting set of events every Monday and Tuesday nights (sad but true). The basic concept of the show is for one person to survive the island and win the prize. Contestants were split into two opposing teams and took part in tasks, the losing team had to vote one of their own team off the island. Once the contestants were whittled down to 8 the two teams merged and a vote each week took place to evicte one member at a time. Any members evicted from the island from the last 8 sat on a panel that would ultimately decide who wins the money from the last remaining 2 on the island. The thing that really makes this show special is the personalities of the people and the sneaky, snide, lying, behaviour that the contestants display in an attempt to win the money. Alliances are key to survival and maintaining friendships is the only way to be sure to stay to the end. One example of how low people will stoop was when Eve refused Charlotte the chance to go put a tampon on while competing on one of the islands tasks. She then hid all the remaining tampons and took a lot of the food rations (which was rice). Once the other contestants found out about Eves shocking behaviour they sliced up her coat and searched through her belongings. Like me I bet everyone has their favourite who they want to win, I personally like the remaining 4 contestants. Mick is an old ex-bobby who keeps good relationships with everyone; he sneaked sausages on the island, by carrying them up his arse! He recently had a termite infection around that region much to the surprise to everyone. Jackie is a schemer but not in a nasty way, she likes to play the game a
                            nd enjoys the whole experience. Charlotte is another one that has not stooped so low on the island so far. She has been fair and honest, but she does moan a lot about food and her looks, which does get tiresome. Richard is the real schemer, the winner and the real favourite to win the overall prize. He instigated the Zoë eviction and looks a good bet to win all the remaining tasks and thus avoid being evicted by the vote (which winning the immune task enables). But it all comes down to who the panel of previously evicted contestants vote, who do they want to win the money? Its all the play for, I cannot wait to find out, which way this one turns. I am just glad the nasty Eve, Nick and Zoë will not get their hands on it!

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                              17.07.2001 19:22
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                              I have watched this series since the start (although I ave missed a few episodes) It is one of those programmes which really catches the imagination and where the interst builds and builds as each episode goes bye. I apologise now if you havent watched this programme as I do not intend to explain all the rules / characters etc., as there are some really good ops already posted which do this. Last nights episode was the best yet. It really highlighted two things which bring it home to you how real their situation is (as opposed to the Big Brother regular piss ups, loads of food, living in relative luxury type situation) The first was how difficult life on the island. They literally dont have enough food to sustain themselves. Of the 5 left on the island the two men, Mick and Richard lost 29lbs. Thats in 5 weeks. Over 2 stones in five weeks!!! They are literally starving. The second point is how desperate they have become. As they get nearer and nearer to the winning post they are becoming more and more twisted and evil. It's like Animal Farm. Eve completely lost the plot last night. She stole a 1/4 full bottle of ketchup and drank it last night. This was because she had a good idea she was going to be voted off the island and her decision was based on a mixture of spite and hunger. During the immunity challenge she refused to let Charlotte have a break. The challenge involved standing on a tree stump for hours and during this Charlotte's period started. She refused to let her have two minutes to sort herself out with a tampon. Later she tried to steal all the tampon supplies just to spite Charlotte. Up until this point she had been a strong person with an iron will and had managed to make some good alliances. Life on the island really is a major challenge and I cant wait for next weeks episode. (P.S. I think Charlotte will win)

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                                17.07.2001 03:01
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                                When I first watched Survivor it went completely over my head and to put it politely I thought it was pants. I thought it was nothing special but now I look forward to a Monday evening to see who is going to be booted off the island. Some people compare this to Big Brother but I think they are two different shows. The only similarities are that there is a cash prize and the contenders don’t see their families for a few weeks. In Big Brother everyone is put into a house with running warm water and food to last them for the week. They are given the facilities to cook and wash their clothes. On Survivor the contenders have no showers, mattresses or food except rice. They have to live off the land and do things for themselves. It makes me wonder why these people are crazy enough to leave their families behind to go on an island in the middle of nowhere with 15 other strangers. Perhaps it’s the thought of £1 million. The suntan is also a big attraction I expect. Survivor first started with two tribes Ular and Helang. They had eight people each and they were left on an island with nothing but a map to find the water hole. They had to build their home and hunt for their own food. The whole idea was to have two challenges a week where the two tribes would compete for rewards and nominations. The tribe that won the reward challenge got something special such as a live chicken or baked beans. The other challenge was to fight for Immunity, the winners getting to stay on the island for another week. I will begin by introducing you to the contenders. THE ORIGINAL CAST * Helang Tribe * Uzma – Uzma went early on. She seemed to keep herself to herself and others felt as if she wasn’t strong enough to stay on the island. Adrian – Adrian also got voted off the island after the rest thought he didn’t do his fair share of work. He admitted to been a bit of a mummy’s boy
                                and was not used to doing anything for himself. JJ- I almost forgot what she looked like. She was soon off the island. Jayne – She was one of the oldest contestants aged 47. She was mainly voted off due to her strength and some people felt as if she wanted to see her little boy a great deal so felt voting her off was the best thing they could do. Simon – Simon got voted off shortly after the two tribes merged. He was quite brave and proved this in the log challenge. Andy – I thought this guy was great. Not just because he has Grimsby connections but because he was down to earth and gave everything 100%. James – James reminded me of Andy in some ways. They became great friends whilst on the island together. He was very determined and sometimes scared me especially when he managed to stay under water for over 2 minutes. Charlotte – She is known as loud, snotty and a cow. Not very nice I know but to be honest I think a lot of the others are jealous of her. She is a policewomen and quite athletic. * Ular Tribe * Nick – Straight away the newspapers compared him to Big Brothers Nasty Nick. He took a leadership role from the beginning and took control and this lead to the others feeling too pressured and resulted in him been the first one off the island. Sarah – Sarah was also one of the first ones off and not very well liked. She seemed to be very weak in comparison with the rest of the tribe. Pete - He was very religious and got booted off the island for been too honest. He was very emotional and was seen blubbering a few times before he got booted off. Richard- He is well known for wearing a Mr Blobby t-shirt. He is very competitive and I would go as far to say he is obsessed with winning. He is very devious and seems to manage to get people on his side. Zoe – My fiancé hated Zoe and thought she was very an
                                noying. She is an actress and acts her way through everything. She was the loudest on the island and annoyed the rest with her impressions. Mick – Mick is retired and one of the oldest on the island. He seems to be well liked and keep himself to himself. He is one of the only ones who have not been devious trying to plan the rest off the island. Jackie – I think she is the most annoying. I think she is the weakest on the island and never thought she would get this far. Eve – Eve is also annoying although she doesn’t mind saying what she thinks. She is a strong swimmer and this showed last week when she won the Immunity challenge. * Sekutu * When the 16 went down to 10 the tribes merged and formed Sekutu. This was 6 of the original Ular and 4 Helang. This meant that of course Ular ganged up against Ular and set upon voting each one out at a time. No with only a few weeks left there is only Eve, Jackie, Mick, Charlotte and Richard left. Last week Zoe was the unlucky one and Charlotte, Jackie and Richard seem to be ganging up on the other guys. Doesn’t quite seem fair but it is only a game and they are playing tactical. I think Eve will be the one to go tonight. If she wins the challenge I believe it will be Mick. **Who I wanted to win** I really wanted Andy to win as I think he was the most down to earth person on the island. I am not just been biased because he has connections with Grimsby but that helps. He put 110% into every challenge and was very determined to get the best out of himself. **Who I think will win** Although I think Richard will be one of the two left due to winning the challenges I think the jury will decide the other one that is left deserves it. I know that a few of the people on the jury especially Andy does not like Richards attitude. **Who the papers think will win** The Sun seems to have got an idea in the
                                ir heads that Charlotte has won. I didn’t believe this could possibly happen but after watching last week there could be a chance. **Conclusion** I think this is a good programme and I prefer it to Big Brother. Not as many people watch it and think it is too confusing. I think everyone that gave it a couple of weeks to try and get used to it is know hooked. I am very surprised that the winner has not been revealed as it was filmed weeks ago. There is a website for Survivor and if you want a look you can find it at www.itv-survivor.co.uk Trust no one

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                                  16.07.2001 23:39
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                                  After weeks of plugging, this still hasn't got off the ground. Ha! The basic idea is that 2 sets of people are split into 2 teams, but called tribes (if you think this is over-dramatic wait til you read on - it's like audition day for a new Vera Duckworth when the show gets in full swing), and every few days they get set a task (ie. game, why o they bother?!) by the ever dull Steve Austin (from ITN). The loosing tribe must go to tribal council (ie. a Weakest Link style set up where each tribe member votes off another contestant but in private), and then the looser has to extinguish their flame. Apparently this represents their life on the island, and when it is extinguished they are no more (?!). then they have to take up that long 5 mile walk in the dark with God knows what jungle animals back to camp (oh yeah, my foot they do, you can practically hear the helicopter). Basically the last one standing gets £1m. About the only mildly interesting part of the whole game. Who, in the right state mind, would want to watch a bunch of Big Brother style wanabes stand on a log, not for maybe a few minutes, but for 22 minutes?! This shows how stuck they are to find things to put on the show. It's not as if the contestant's lives are under the lens, and so we see interesting things as well as a game, it's just a jumped up It's a Knock Out, with a better, more respectable prize. Mark Austin looks half dead most of the time and there seems to be no end to those sand coloured shirts or over-used phrases like "only one tribe can win" (I think we grasp that that's the idea of a game). As for the promises of back-stabbing and the like, the contestants only tell you what they want to hear when they get a camera on them in some wood or other. In others programmes with eliminations the people are watched when they talk to others without the glare of a camera crew. You don't know what they tell e
                                  ach other when the camera crews are eating their specially flown-in KFC meals. And another thing, cut the drama out! Mark Austin prances around that beach speaking a load of drivel about the historic tribe names and how burning the different flags in a mockery of the local people's ceremonys will make the tribes understand that they have merged (see what I mean). And the whole tribal coucil and putting out the torches shenanigans is the hight of toe-curling telly. Foe heaven's sake, this is too much on a Monday evening! As for the folow up interview of the voted-off contestant with the carboard John Leslie, I think "Survivor Unseen" sums it up. To be honest, the adverts are more entertaining.

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