Shattered (UK TV series)
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|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||4 January 2004|
|Related shows||Big Brother|
Ten contestants were challenged with going without sleep for seven days while their actions were constantly monitored. Over the seven days the ten housemates had to endure daily performance testing and a variety of challenges. They were competing for a potential prize fund of £100,000 though, at any point, if a contestant closed their eyes for over ten seconds, then £1,000 was deducted from the prize fund.
Daily tests and challenges
These included a memory test, a clock test, which measured their perception of time, a reaction test and a stroop test, which examined their mental agility. The two people that showed the strongest drop in performance had to face off in a live challenge that evening, the loser being evicted from the house.
You Snooze You Lose
Every day a contestant was chosen by their peers to endure an hour-long "You Snooze You Lose" challenge. These challenges were:
- A relaxing facial massage
- Cuddling a giant teddy bear
- A bedtime story, repeated again and again
- Watching paint dry in a warm, comfy chair
- Counting sheep on a television
- A lecture on triangles they had already seen earlier in the week
- Contestant was up for elimination
- Contestant was eliminated
- Contestant voluntarily left the competition
- The winner of Shattered
- The runner up of Shattered
- The 2nd runner up of Shattered
Though research has gone into the effects of sleep deprivation nobody knew exactly what to expect. Hallucinations and odd behaviour were evident quite quickly in some contestants. Numerous contestants suffered from both hypnagogia and hypnopompia (both essentially dreaming while awake, normally just prior to or after sleep).
- Chris believed himself to be the Prime Minister of Australia and also thought he was on the set for the popular Australian soap Neighbours.
- Jimmy got angry when the others refused to put on their Japanese armour and play with an imaginary ball
- Dean and Jonathan were convinced their clothes had been stolen
- Dean nearly fell over as he started to succumb to sleep while still standing
- Claire told stories of when she was arm wrestling Irish boxer Joey Rouine.
After 75 hours Lucy walked out, having talked to the psychiatrist and deciding that she could no longer continue. Chris, Dean, Clare S and Jimmy were the only contestants to have an illegal sleep.
The Sleep Off countdown
At 3.45pm on the final day the contestants were sent to bed - the last to fall asleep won or alternatively they would immediately lose the competition if they spoke, turned away from the camera, covered their faces or closed their eyes for longer than 10 seconds. The show reported that Jonathan and Chris fell asleep within a quarter of a second of each other at 4.12pm while Clare continued to stay awake until 6.10pm. At this point she was informed by the camera crew to go to sleep as there was concern she was not coping well with remaining awake due to displaying erratic head movements. It turned out that she actually really needed the bathroom and was trying to signal to the crew this by flicking her head towards the toilet hoping they would gather this as she was worried that if she spoke she would be removed from the contest. She endured 178 hours of sleep deprivation and attributed her success to winking silently to the song "Light my fire".
- "Shattered (TV Series 2004– )" – via www.imdb.com.