Series Three: Participants
How this pans out in practice depends on the people involved and the dynamics which develop between them. Here, then, is a brief introduction to each individual participant which hopefully might paint at least a vague picture of what audiences can expect from series three.
Ben is 32 and lives in London. He works as a cameraman, and describes himself as easy going and a good confidante.
Chris, who at 54 is one of the oldest members of the group, is a property developer from Manchester. He describes himself as ‘happy, loyal and honest’.
Daniel, 41, lives in Hampshire and works as a consultant medical doctor. He describes himself as ‘eccentric, hard-working, and kind’.
Elliott, 26, is a private chef from London. He loves the outdoors and describes being on the show as a ‘dream’.
Patrick, at 19, is the youngest participant. He is a student from Kent, and wants to prove the mettle of both himself and his generation.
Mobile phone shop owner Rizwan is 26 and lives in Bradford. He has a black belt in Karate and hopes to bring laughter to the island.
Rob, aged 36 and from London, is cameraman. He thinks he will be able to put people ‘at ease’ due to his good interpersonal skills.
Simon, 35, is an insurance salesman from Leeds. He’s ‘desperate for adventure’ and cites his tough upbringing and hectic family life as ample preparation for life on the island.
Alice, 26, is a hospital doctor from Lincoln. She lists her greatest strengths as her ‘enthusiasm, commitment and hard-working spirit’.
Cassie, a camerawoman from Bristol, is, at 59, the oldest resident of the island. Due to her work and life experience, she sees herself as a potential leader of the group.
Erika, 57, is a retired farmer and also lives in Bristol. She hopes her practical skills will be a great help to the group and sees her zest for life as her greatest strength.
Hannah, 31, has retired from the army and now lives in Nottingham. Having lost a leg while on guard duty in Iraq, she hopes her appearance on the show will help to dispel any notions that the disabled are in any way incapable.
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‘Roz’, 33, works as a plumber in Watford. She cites her sense of humour and practical skills as her major assets on the island.
Sarah, 30, is a camerawoman and lives in London. Sarah describes herself as a resilient, driven and outgoing problem solver.
Shaney, 25, is a chartered accountant from Kettering. She wants to ‘get out of her comfort zone’ and show the world there’s more to her than just her job and qualifications.
Tilly, 28, lives in London where she works as a barmaid. She has lived in Spain, Virginia and Scotland, and describes herself as an ‘absolute f*****g nightmare’.
So there you have it. But wait. Cassie from the women’s team left the island on the second day of filming to be replaced by Zoe Hines, a camerawoman from London who arrived on the island with ‘no preparation and a pair of her husbands waterproof trousers’.
So things are hotting up already. But will series three live up to the glories of previous participants’ endeavours on this windswept, tropical corner of the globe? Only time will tell, so let’s have a look at a few highlights to see what it’s up against.