Coach Trip

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Coach Trip
Coach trip.jpg
Title card from Series 3 to present
Also known as Celebrity Coach Trip
Christmas Coach Trip
Genre Reality
Format Game show
Starring Brendan Sheerin
Narrated by Andy Love (2005–06)
David Quantick (2009–10)
Dave Vitty (2010–12)
Jackie Clune (2014–present)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9 (Regular series)
3 (Celebrity series)
1 (Christmas series)
No. of episodes 290 (Regular series)
30 (Celebrity series)
15 (Christmas series)
Production
Running time 30 mins (inc. adverts)
60 mins (Episode 50 also inc. adverts)
Production company(s) 12 Yard
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Picture format 16:9
Original run 7 March 2005 (2005-03-07) – present
Chronology
Related shows Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour
Brendan's Love Cruise
External links
Website
Production website

Coach Trip is a reality game show originally broadcast on Channel 4 from 7 March 2005 to 30 June 2006. The programme returned after a three-year break, from 25 May 2009 to 9 March 2012. In early 2013, the show went into hiatus again and was replaced by 2 new shows, Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour and Brendan's Love Cruise. However, in September 2013, Channel 4 announced that they had renewed Coach Trip for another series in 2014 which has now aired.[1] On 9 April 2014, a further four series were announced following the success of the ninth series in early 2014.[2]

The show's format consists of four to seven teams of two undertaking a coach tour principally of continental Europe (but with individual series including sojourns into North Africa and Western Asia) and has been sold to other countries.

The tours have usually lasted 30 (reduced to 20 from series 10)[2] or 50 days (celebrity series tours have lasted 10 days and Christmas series tours have lasted 15 days), with passengers remaining on the tour only until they are ejected by their companions on one day, to be replaced by a new couple the following day(s).

The travellers are accompanied by tour guide Brendan Sheerin, who appears in every episode.

Title card from Series 1 to 2

Broadcast, narrators and repeats[edit]

Coach Trip originally aired weekdays at 4:30pm before Deal or No Deal debuted on Channel 4 (followed by a repeat the following morning), with the second series aired at 2:55pm instead (and then repeated between July and August 2007). Since the revived series, Coach Trip has moved to the 5:00pm slot (in series 3, 4, 7, 9, Celebrity Coach Trip 2 & 3 and Christmas Coach Trip) and later to the 5:30pm slot (in series 5, 6, 8, 9 and Celebrity Coach Trip 1) on Channel 4.

In series 3, an omnibus edition was also shown on weekends but was cancelled part of the way through the series. It returned for series 9 on More4.

Andy Love was the narrator in the first two series, with David Quantick taking the role in both series 3 & 4. From series 5 to 8, Dave Vitty was the show's narrator; he was also the narrator for all the Celebrity and Christmas series' of Coach Trip to date. The current narrator is Jackie Clune as of series 9.

4seven currently show repeats of series 9, More4 repeated all series, and defunct Sky Travel, Pick (then known as Sky Three/Sky3/Pick TV) and defunct Sky Real Lives have all only repeated series 1 & 2 of Coach Trip along with Channel 4 scheduling slot, T4 on weekend mornings. Celebrity Coach Trip began airing on Travel Channel in May 2014.[3]

Future[edit]

A Channel 4 spokesperson said the broadcaster previously had no plans to commission another series, as series 2 of Christmas Coach Trip would have been the last installment.[4] Brendan later said in June 2013, during a telephone interview to Paul about his 2 new shows, that "Coach Trip has been rested at the moment – it’s not the end of the programme, but we decided that we’d experiment with two new formats".[5]

On 4 September 2013, Channel 4 announced there would be another series of Coach Trip consisting of 30 episodes, each 30 minutes long.[1] Sheerin and Donald both returned to the show. Applications for the new series opened on the same day. On 9 April 2014, it was confirmed by Digital Spy that the show would return for a further four series (80 episodes in total).[2]

Voting system[edit]

Yellow cards are first presented if the other couples on board vote for them with the most votes or to couples as a warning; a Red card is awarded if the other couples on board vote for them a second time, to couples with another warning or to couples with prohibition, and this means they are sent home to be replaced by a new pair.

Unlike most coach trips the passengers vote and privately discuss (before the vote) for who they don't like travelling with at the end of each day. Whoever gets the most votes is awarded a yellow card, if they are voted for again they receive a red card and are sent home to be replaced by a new pair. Yellow cards have been occasionally awarded to couples due to timekeeping issues; Red cards have also been presented to couples on occasion, although when this is done it is normally the result of certain travellers' bad behaviour or canvassing for votes.

The vote usually takes place at the days location and occasionally on board the coach, while travelling to the next destination or to the hotel, in front of each other. If a red card is awarded to a couple, the coach is stopped and the contestants collect their suitcases, miss the overnight vehicle ferry, miss the overnight vehicle train and also leave the trip. During the vote, Brendan acts as co-ordinator of the vote and awards the couple the yellow/red card. If a tie vote occurs, Brendan takes the nominated couples to one side while the remaining couples decide who should be awarded the penalty card, treat or prize. New couples who arrive after the originals are immune from the first vote that they are present at, although they are allowed to vote against another couple (unless they are also a new couple).

If Brendan thinks that the couple canvass for votes, overtake the previous vote, instigate a fight at the vote or shows inappropriate sexual behaviour they will automatically receive a red card and the vote will either begin or continue without them.

Voting amendments[edit]

On Day 19 of Series 2, the voting rules were amended once after revealing the quiz winners and losers so contestants cannot vote for the winning couple and the losing couple loses the chance to cast votes against others. Also on Day 24 of Series 3, Day 25 of Series 6 and Day 1 of Series 7, the voting rules were amended once after the announcement about the red terror which also returned from Days 5, 6 and 7 until Day 9 of the Celebrity Coach Trip series and Day 12 of Christmas Coach Trip series, whoever receives the most votes will automatically be given a red card. This is regardless of whether the couple already has a yellow card or not.

Also, from Day 2 of Series 5, the voting rules were again amended so contestants cannot vote for the couple who got a yellow card the previous day and that system would soon be reintroduced for upcoming/future series.

Voting alterations[edit]

Votes have occasionally been altered to accommodate for a lack of couples like 8 or 10 passengers on board the coach or for other reasons.

On Day 4 of Series 2, the vote was changed after first John & Irene's early departure, due to their ill health; then Paul & Heidi receiving a red card later at the previous day's vote and on Day 14 of Series 2 the vote was changed again after first Clare and Kat received a red card at the previous day's vote then Alan & Lorenzo refused to get out of bed followed by stationary traffic with an accident in front. On Day 12 of Series 4, the vote was also changed after a fight had broken out on board the coach between Bruce & Jon and Tam & Jayson before new couple Mark & Mary arrived, this normally results in the couples on board voting for who they want to receive a treat rather than the penalty cards.

Introduced by July 2010, effective from Series 5, five couples became the new minimum required for a vote to take place. The voting system of awarding a treat was reintroduced during Series 8 and during the Christmas series.

On Day 17 of Series 1 and Day 19 of Series 3, Brendan decided to skip the vote due to shortages of couples. On Day 21 of Series 2, the vote was suspended due to the contestants learning of the 7 July 2005 London bombings. The Air travel disruption after the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the 2011 England riots were not revealed to the contestants before Series 5 and 8 began filming.

The final vote[edit]

The final vote is usually altered on Day 10 of 10, Day 15 of 15, Day 29 of 30 and Day 49 of 50; this normally results in the couples on board voting for who they want to receive a prize rather than the penalty cards.

In the first two series, the winners received an extended stay in the final destination of the trip as their prize, while in the third and sixth series, the winners received a holiday voucher. The winners of the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth series received another coach holiday as their prize. Celebrity series winners receive £1,000 for their charities and Christmas winners also receive another coach holiday voucher as their prize.

Coaches, registration plates and drivers[edit]

The coaches used are supplied by Motts Travel, a coach hire company based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.[6] The coaches are installed with cameras and microphones to record the passengers while on board. The coaches used in the show are decorated with a Union Flag design on the outside.

  • The first coach 'T100 MTT' was a Volvo B10M with Jonckheere Mistral 50 bodywork. It was used during Series 1 and Series 2.
  • The coach 'MT04 MTT' arrived in Central London to be used for Series 3 only. It is a Volvo B12B with Plaxton Panther bodywork.
  • The coach 'MT09 MTT', also a Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther, was used from Series 4 to 9.

There have been two different drivers who drove each coach on each different series. In the first series, the driver was Chris Groombridge who only drove T100 MTT. Series two saw his successor, Paul Donald take over as coach driver. On Day 13 in Series 8, a temporary driver (Jamie) took over for the day and drove the coach to the ferry port.

List of arrival day locations started from[edit]

For some series, the Coach and Brendan appear in different locations of United Kingdom to pick up 14 tourists at either bed and breakfasts or hotels. For other series, the coach appearing with Brendan has picked up 8 to 14 tourists in mainland European airports.

Start location Entered Europe, North Africa or Western Asia from Series
Canterbury EuroTunnel via Folkestone 9
London Channel Tunnel via St Pancras railway station 1 & 7
Port of Dover 3
Harwich Port via Chelmsford 8
Portsmouth 4
Leeds Hull 5
Madrid–Barajas Airport Already in Europe 2
Milan Malpensa Airport 6
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport C2
Prague Václav Havel Airport C1
Trondheim Airport, Værnes Xmas
Venice Marco Polo Airport C3

List of countries visited[edit]

Europe[edit]

North Africa[edit]

Western Asia[edit]

List of activities by appearance[edit]

On each series of Coach Trip there are different activities each day for the tourists and celebrities to do and/or have already done by order of appearance. Below is a (near complete) list of activities that have featured on Coach Trip to date.

List of final day locations[edit]

The final day of each series, see the tourists and celebrities arriving back in Great Britain; often by foreign airports and occasionally by ferries, Eurostar trains or sometimes by foreign airports via ferries.

End location Exited Europe, North Africa or Western Asia from Series
Bergen Airport Series ended in Europe 5
Berlin Schönefeld Airport 7
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport C3
Kirkenes Airport, Høybuktmoen Xmas
London Channel Tunnel via Calais 1
Málaga Airport Tanger-Med ferryport 6
Series ended in Europe 9
Milan Malpensa Airport 2
Prague Václav Havel Airport 3
Rome Ciampino Airport C2
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Series ended in Europe/Western Asia 8
Tozeur–Nefta International Airport Series ended in North Africa 4
Venice Marco Polo Airport Series ended in Europe C1

Regular series[edit]

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 1)

Coach Trip 1 was the first series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom, that was filmed from April to June 2004 and aired from 7 March to 19 April 2005. The trip went through several European countries. Chris Groombridge was the driver for the only time, Brendan Sheerin was the tour guide, Andy Love was narrator and the registration was T100 MTT.

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 2)

Coach Trip 2 was the second series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom, that was filmed from May to July 2005 and aired from 22 May to 30 June 2006. The show's format had the same idents as seres 1. This year the trip was centred on Mediterranean countries. Brendan returned as the tour guide, the narrator was once again Andy Love and the registration number plate once again was T100 MTT. Paul Donald was the driver for the first time.

Series 3 (2009)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 3)

Coach Trip 3 was the third series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom, that was filmed between September and October 2008 and aired from 25 May to 3 July 2009. The show's format after a break of 3 years remained unchanged from the previous series but the idents were new along with the timeslot: seven couples travelling around Europe on a coach like series 1 for 30 days attempting vote off the least popular couples. With visits to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg for the first time. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin and coach driver Paul Donald both returned for this series, which aired on Channel 4 with a similar end to series 2. David Quantick was the narrator and MT04 MTT was the registration number plate for the first and only time.

Series 4 (Spring 2010)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 4)

Coach Trip 4 was the fourth series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom which that was filmed between 7 September and 27 October 2009 and aired from 15 February to 23 April 2010. The length of this series was longer than the previous instalments, increased from 30 days to 50 days for a tour centred on European, Mediterranean, North African and West Asian countries on a coach like series 1, 2 and 3 attempting to vote off the least popular couples. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald and narrator David Quantick all returned for this series, which aired on Channel 4. MT09 MTT was the coach registration number plate.

Series 5 (Autumn 2010)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 5)

Coach Trip 5 was the fifth series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom which was filmed from May till June 2010 and aired from 30 August to 8 October 2010. The show's format changed slightly from previous series and with weekends included, from Day 2 of that the couple who received a yellow card the previous day would be immune from the following vote the next day. The series involves seven couples traveling on a one-month tour centering on Northern European countries for the first time, with visits to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald and the MT09 MTT registration all returned for this series, which airs on Channel 4. Dave Vitty was the narrator for the first time and the airing time moved from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Series 6 (Spring 2011)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 6)

Coach Trip 6 was the sixth series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom. It was filmed from July until August 2010 and aired from 14 February to 25 March 2011. The voting system rules reverted to those of earlier series. The length of this series was the same as the previous non-celebrity series but with weekends excluded. The tour visited Mediterranean countries like series 2 but with visits to Switzerland added for a month. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald, narrator Dave Vitty and the coach with registration number MT09 MTT all returned for this series, which was aired on Channel 4 with a similar start to series 2 and a similar end to series 4.

Series 7 (Autumn 2011)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 7)

Coach Trip 7 was the seventh series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom. It was filmed from May until June 2011 and aired from 29 August to 7 October 2011. The length of this series was the same as the previous non-celebrity series but with weekends excluded. The European tour began in the UK, before moving to France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic plus for the first time ever Poland and Slovakia. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald, narrator Dave Vitty and the coach with registration number MT09 MTT all returned for this series, which was aired on Channel 4 with the airing time reverted to 5:00 pm, with a similar start to series 1 and a similar end to series 3.

Series 8 (2012)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 8)

Coach Trip 8 began airing from 30 January to 9 March 2012 after the third celebrity series finished and was the eighth and final series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom before the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. It was filmed from Monday 29 August until Saturday 1 October 2011. The length of this series was the same as the previous non-celebrity series but with only 1 day of a weekend included at the end of the tour. The Mediterranean tour centring towards Western Asia began in the UK, before moving to Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and for the first time Macedonia. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald, narrator Dave Vitty and the coach with registration number MT09 MTT all returned for the series with a similar start to series 3 and a similar end to series 4, which was aired weekdays on Channel 4 and the airing time again moved to 5:30 pm.

Series 9 (2014)[edit]

Main article: Coach Trip (series 9)

The ninth series of the British reality television game show Coach Trip began airing on 27 January 2014 on Channel 4, following the broadcaster's decision to renew the show. The ninth series saw Brendan Sheerin return as tour guide, as in all previous editions and Paul Donald continue as coach driver and MT09 MTT was the registration of the coach once again. Filming took place between September and October 2013. The tour had a similar start to series 1 & 3 and includes visits to Sardinia for the first time. The series aired on weekdays at 5:30 pm from episodes 1 to 15, however was moved to 5:00 pm from episodes 16 to 29 due to Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts. Due to the 2014 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony on Channel 4, episode 30 was instead aired on More4 at 12:10pm on 8 March 2014.

Future series[edit]

In April 2014, Channel 4 ordered four more series and 80 new episodes of Coach Trip. Each new series will consist of 20 episodes and filming for the tenth series will begin in Summer 2014.[2]

Celebrity series[edit]

The logo and title card for Celebrity Coach Trip

Series 1 (2010)[edit]

Celebrity Coach Trip 1 was the first celebrity series of Coach Trip which was filmed from 6 to 20 September 2010 as is made clear from the reference from the Channel 4 website[7] and began showing on 8 November 2010. The series featured celebrity contestants and the tour lasted 10 days, filmed across 2 weeks. The pair who lasted to the end and are voted the most popular by the rest of the group received a £1000 prize for charity.

Starting in Prague Ruzyně Airport[7] it included visits to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Italy. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, narrator Dave Vitty, coach driver Paul Donald and the MT09 MTT registration all returned for these special episodes. Activities included sausage making, a ballet lesson, a visit to a beer spa, Soviet tank driving, walking on water, using Segways, a cookery lesson, a singing lesson and riding a bobsleigh.[8]

The couples at the start were The Chuckle Brothers, Bianca Gascoigne with Imogen Thomas, Ricky Groves with Alex Ferns, Carol Harrison with Ingrid Tarrant and Raef Bjayou with Benjamin Duncan.[9] Later being joined by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan,[10] Rodney Marsh, Cheryl Baker, David Van Day, Tony Blackburn[11] and The Cheeky Girls.[8]

On Day 4 of the series Brendan revealed that from Day 5 to Day 9 there would be no more yellow cards on the trip until future series, meaning the couple that received the most amount of votes would be red-carded off the trip that same day. Brendan also made this rule on day 24 of series 3 to stop the contestants spreading round the yellow-cards.

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

Celebrity Coach Trip 2 was the second celebrity series of Coach Trip which began on 10 October 2011 after series 7 finished airing. Filming took place from 9 to 23 April 2011. The pair who lasted to the end and are voted the most popular by the rest of the group received a £1000 prize for charity. Starting from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, France, the coach had a journey around the Mediterranean the trip headed to Italy via Corsica for the first time taking in Tuscany (including Florence) and Rome.

The Voting system on this series: From days 1 to 5 a yellow card and from days 6 to 9 automatic red card.

The first five couples were:

Joining the trip later were:

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

Celebrity Coach Trip 3 was the third and final celebrity series of Coach Trip which was planned in 2011 but had aired from 16 to 27 January 2012 before series 8 started airing. Filming took place from 4 to 18 July 2011. The pair who lasted to the end and are voted the most popular by the rest of the group received a £1000 prize for charity, the coach had another journey around the Mediterranean. Venice Marco Polo Airport, Italy was the starting location and the first destination was Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Voting system on this series was: From days 1 to 6 a yellow card and from days 7 to 9 an automatic red card.

The original couples were:

Joining the trip later were:

Christmas series[edit]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

Christmas Coach Trip was the first and only series of a Christmas-themed version of Coach Trip. It began airing on the same day as when the filming finished. The trip started from Trondheim Airport, Værnes, followed by Trondheim, Norway and the final destination was Inari, Finland. The tourists arrived back in Great Britain via Kirkenes Airport, Høybuktmoen and the filming took place from 28 November to 12 December 2011.

Winners[edit]

Records[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

Regular series[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale Episodes Maximum number of couples
1
7 March 2005
19 April 2005
30
7
2
22 May 2006
30 June 2006
30
7
3
25 May 2009
3 July 2009
30
7
4
15 February 2010
23 April 2010
50
7
5
30 August 2010
8 October 2010
30
7
6
14 February 2011
25 March 2011
30
7
7
29 August 2011
7 October 2011
30
7
8
30 January 2012
9 March 2012
30
7
9
27 January 2014
8 March 2014
30
7

Celebrity series[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale Episodes Maximum number of couples
1
8 November 2010
19 November 2010
10
6
2
10 October 2011
21 October 2011
10
7
3
16 January 2012
27 January 2012
10
5

Christmas series[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale Episodes Maximum number of couples
1
12 December 2011
30 December 2011
15
7

Other versions[edit]

Country/Region Local title Host Network Premiere/air dates
 France Le Bus (The Bus) Frédéric Guillemin M6 23 July – 24 August 2012
 Germany[13] Der VIP Bus – Promis auf Pauschalreise[14]
(The VIP Bus – Celebrities on Package tour)
Olivia Jones RTL 1 December 2013
 Quebec Les Touristes[15] (The Tourists) Patrick Groulx V 17 September – 21 November 2012

Related shows[edit]

On 24 June 2013, a replacement show called Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour began on Channel 4.[16] The series was filmed from September 2012 (visiting Barcelona, Jamaica, Cancún in Mexico and Istanbul) and aired in the 5:00pm slot, narrated by Tupele Dorgu.

On 13 September 2012, Sheerin announced in an interview that he had signed a deal to host a new dating show for Channel 4, titled 'Brendan's Love Boat'.[17] The other replacement show (produced by Optomen) was aired in December 2013, after being commissoned for a 20-episode series.[18] The series, renamed Brendan's Love Cruise, began on 2 December on More4 in the 9:20am slot, narrated by Maria McErlane.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Channel 4 sends Brendan on another Coach Trip". Channel 4 Press. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Exclusive: Coach Trip gets 10th series on Channel 4: Brendan will be back". Digital Spy. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "CELEBRITY COACH TRIP". Travel Channel UK. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Jake Kanter (13 September 2012). "Coach Trip host to play Cupid for C4 on luxury liner". Broadcast. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "TV interview: Brendan Sheerin". Yorkshire Evening Post. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Aylesbury bus stars in Channel 4’s Coach Trip". The Bucks Herald. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Celebrity Coach Trip". Channel 4. 23 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Graeme Donohoe (4 November 2010). "Squabbling stars, Segway smashes and sabotaged strudels". The Sun. 
  9. ^ Alex Fletcher (16 September 2010). "Celebrity 'Coach Trip' lineup revealed". Digital Spy. 
  10. ^ "TV home makeover duo Colin and Justin to join Celebrity Coach Trip". Daily Record. 21 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Dyke, Peter; Begley, Katie (24 September 2010). "CELEBRITY COACH TRIP: DAVID VAN DAY AND TONY BLACKBURN FIRST OFF THE BUS". Daily Star. 
  12. ^ "Celebrity Coach Trip Announcement". Channel 4 Press Office. 
  13. ^ White, Peter (8 August 2013). "ITV Studios to take Coach Trip to Germany". Broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Der VIP Bus – Promis auf Pauschalreise". RTL.de. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Touristes, Les - Émissions - V". Vtele.ca. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour". Channel 4. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Ben Arnold (13 September 2012). "'Coach Trip' presenter Brendan Sheerin to host dating show 'Love Boat' – Daily TV round-up". Yahoo TV. 
  18. ^ "Brendan's Love Cruise". Optomen International. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Brendan's Love Cruise". Channel 4. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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