Back in the day before the likes of reality shows like Love Island and The Island were on our TV’s, channel 4 introduced us to a reality show called Shipwrecked.
Shipwrecked was kind of like a reality dating show which aired on T4 (remember watching a young Vernon Kay present T4 on a weekend?)
The show was narrated by The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln and saw a group of single male and female hotties, looking forward to taking some time out and being dumped together on a tropical island. The programme ran for 3 series starting in 2000 and then came back in 2006 with Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands.
The Battle of The Islands featured two teams the “Sharks” and the “Tigers” who live on two different islands. Each week a new contestant would arrive and would then spend half the week with one team and half the week with the other, before deciding which team they were going to spend their duration with.
The team with the most members at the end of the shows five-month run then got to share the prize money of £70,000. Not bad really, you get to spend part of your gap year living on a tropical island where you could possibly find romance and then may be lucky enough to be on the winning team.
So just what will be on offer if they decide to bring the show back and just who can viewers expect to see on the show. The original Shipwrecked series saw the likes of Stephen Bear, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Jeff Brazier’s first appearances on TV, so surely anyone wanting to get their foot on the TV ladder will be applying to go on to the show.
When Will Shipwrecked be Back on TV?
Although no date has been confirmed, after the huge success of reality shows such as Love Island and the Island (currently showing on C4), according to The Sun channel 4 are keen to reboot the classic reality TV show.
A TV insider said “Lots of people have fond memories of watching Shipwrecked in their youth and dreaming about joining the fun in paradise.
“Now Channel 4 has decided to give millennials the same experience after Love Island proved sun-kissed hunks and beauties frolicking in a tropical setting can result in huge ratings. While there have been similar shows recently, like The Island and Mission Survive, they are all about making people miserable by forcing them to fight for their lives in the wild.
“On Shipwrecked, the biggest hardship the castaways faced was getting tan lines. It should go down well with the snowflake generation.”
Fingers crossed the show will get it’s reboot as we can’t wait to watch it. We will keep you posted with any updates we hear about the new series.