Back to Reality (TV series)

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Back To Reality
Series One (2004)
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Back to Reality was a reality television show featuring stars from previous reality television programmes. The show was broadcast on Channel 5 between 15 February 2004 to 5 March 2004.[1][2] It was advertised by Channel 5 as being "The biggest reality show of all time" however in terms of ratings, it failed to deliver. The 12 contestants spent 3 weeks in a studio built mansion, with no natural sunlight. In the final two weeks, the public voted for their favourite housemate with the two people with the lowest votes every 3/4 nights being put to the housemate vote, where the other contestants has to vote for who they wanted to leave. The show was presented by Tess Daly and Richard Bacon, the first and only series of the show finished with James Hewitt winning the show ahead of Maureen Rees and Craig Phillips.

Ratings[edit]

The ratings rarely went over 1.6 million despite the show extending its hours (early morning and afternoon live streaming). The lack of ratings was put down to the lack of tabloid interest in the show, despite the sponsoring of the show by popular celebrity magazine 'Heat' and the constant arguments and major events that happened in the house.

Highlights[edit]

Events included the threatened walk-out of the contestants after Nick Bateman was referred to as "Nasty Nick", the planned addition of Jade Goody's then boyfriend Jeff Brazier (from the reality TV show Shipwrecked) as a thirteenth contestant, Uri Geller walking out, the suspicion of Josie D'Arby being a mole (and the subsequent arguments and divides), the love interest between James Hewitt and Sarah Kozer, the rushing of Jade Goody to hospital and the "Ricardo Incident" when the flamboyant cross-dresser Rocardo Ribero argued with other housemates and then proceeded to destroy the kitchen. The show ended when the public voted The Games star James Hewitt to be the winner with Maureen Rees coming second.

Aftermath[edit]

Since the show, Channel 5 confessed that Back to Reality was an expensive but worthwhile experiment however it is unlikely to return. Goody's aggression towards Rik Waller in the series, though attracting little comment at the time, was later cited as evidence that she was a serial bully following her appearances in Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.

Contestants[edit]

Celebrity Previous show
Catalina Guirado I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Craig Phillips Big Brother 1
Jade Goody Big Brother 3
James Hewitt The Games
Josie D'Arby The Games
Lizzy Bardsley Wife Swap
Maureen Rees Driving School
Nick Bateman Big Brother 1
Ricardo Ribero The Salon
Rik Waller Pop Idol 1
Sarah Kozer Joe Millionaire
Uri Geller I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (UK)

Eviction table[edit]

Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Final
Day 20
Votes
received
James Nick Lizzy Catalina Josie Josie Rik Josie Jade Winner
(Day 20)
0
Maureen Nick Sarah Catalina Sarah Ricardo Rik Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Runner-Up
(Day 20)
0
Craig Catalina Lizzy Catalina Sarah Ricardo Rik Josie Jade Third Place
(Day 20)
0
Jade Nick Sarah Catalina Sarah Ricardo Rik Josie Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 18)
2
Josie Nick Sarah Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 17)
8
Rik Catalina Sarah Josie Sarah Ricardo Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 16)
4
Ricardo Nick Lizzy Josie Sarah Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 12)
4
Sarah Nick Bottom
two
Josie Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 11)
9
Catalina Bottom
two
Lizzy Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 10)
6
Lizzy Nick Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 9)
4
Nick Bottom
two
Evicted
(Day 8)
7
Uri Walked
(Day 7)
0
Notes none 1 none none none none none none none
Nominated Catalina,
Nick
Lizzy,
Sarah
Catalina,
Josie
Josie,
Sarah
Josie,
Ricardo
Josie,
Rik
Josie,
Maureen
Jade,
Maureen
Craig,
James,
Maureen
Walked Uri none
Evicted Nick
7 of 9 votes
to evict
Lizzy
4 of 8 votes
to evict
Catalina
4 of 7 votes
to evict
Sarah
5 of 6 votes
to evict
Ricardo
4 of 5 votes
to evict
Rik
4 of 4 votes
to evict
Josie
3 of 3 votes
to evict
Jade
2 of 2 votes
to evict
Craig
Fewest votes
to win
Maureen
Fewest votes
to win
James
Most votes
to win

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : James, who received the most votes after the vote count, had to break the tie in order for either Lizzy or Sarah to be evicted.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Reality' hits the ground walking". BBC (BBC News). 17 February 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Back To Reality winner Hewitt arrested". Digital Spy. 8 March 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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