The Circle, which has now had two successful series, is set to return with its third in 2020. The show, inspired by Black Mirror episode ‘Nosedive’, has contestants rate each other throughout the show with the highest players becoming “influencers” and the least favourite getting “blocked”.
Set across the boarder in Salford, Lancashire the social media experiment sets eight players against each other through an exclusive app haven’t never met previously.
The contestants can create their own persona and world in a bid to elevate their popularity, much like how Instagram works in the real world. With a prize of £50k it ism’t surprising why the show has become so popular over the years, with the US, Brazil and France set to produce their own versions through popular streaming site Netflix.
Also, a Stand Up To Cancer special has also been commissioned and the lineup will be made up of celebrities attempting to win alliances, form cliques and be crowned the most popular contestant.
Channel 4 has confirmed both will be filmed in line with strict COVID-19 guidelines, meaning that episodes will be pre-recorded and there will be no studio audience or live shows as there has been in both previous series.
Host, Emma Willis said: “The Circle is just brilliant, unmissable television,”
“I loved every minute of being a part of it and I’m delighted to be returning to it for another series where I’ll be right at the centre of all the mischief and drama! To add to that, we’re also doing a celeb version – I can’t wait to see who’ll be in the line-up and whether they’ll play as themselves or as another celebrity, it’s going to be incredible.”
Gilly Greenslade, who commissioned all three series for Channel 4, said: “When we were developing the series three years ago, I knew it would reflect how we live but I never expected it to be quite so prophetic.”
Production and filming is set to begin later this year, with the show aiming to be on air at the start of 2021.
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