The Circle (TV series)

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The Circle
The Circle Logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Creative director(s) Tim Harcourt
Presented by Maya Jama
Alice Levine
Narrated by Sophie Willan
Theme music composer Patrizio Knight
Opening theme "The Circle Theme (Extended)"[1][2]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) Tim Harcout
Daisy Lilly
Toni Ireland
Cam de la Huerta
Martin Oxley
Camera setup Fixed rig
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)

Studio Lambert[3]

Motion Content Group
Distributor All3Media[3]
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 18 September 2018 (2018-09-18) – present
External links
Website

The Circle is a British reality television show, produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group which launched on Channel 4 on 18 September 2018, the series aired for 21 days and concluded with the live final on 8 October 2018. The show bills itself as a game based around social media, with the concept that "anyone can be anyone in The Circle". It is hosted by Maya Jama and Alice Levine, and has been compared to Big Brother in format.[4][5]

The series was won by 26-year-old Internet comedian Alex Hobern, who had played the game claiming to be a 25-year-old woman called Kate, using photos of his real-life girlfriend Millie. Hobern also won the "viewers champion" for an additional £25,000, claiming £75,000 in total.

Format

The show's contestants, or "players", all move into a refurbished block of flats in London. However, the contestants will never meet face-to-face during the course of the competition, as they will each live in their own individual flat. They will communicate solely using their profiles on a specially-designed app, giving them the ability to portray themselves in any way they choose.[4][5][6]

Throughout the show, the contestants will "rate" one another based on who they like and dislike. The highest rated players will become "influencers", while all the rest of the players will be at risk to being chosen to be "blocked" (eliminated) by the influencers. After a player is blocked, they are given the opportunity to meet a fellow player in person. During the final, the contestants rate each other one final time, where the highest rated player wins the series and receives a £50,000 cash prize.[6][5] The viewers also get to choose their "viewers champion" out of the finalists, with the winner of this receiving £25,000.

Contestants

The contestants taking part in the series were revealed on 18 September 2018.[7]

Name Age Hometown Playing as Entered Status
Jennifer Freeman 40 Newcastle Herself, but a doctor Episode 1 Blocked (Episode 2)
Mitchell Palmer 22 Norfolk Himself Episode 1 Blocked (Episode 4)
Sinead Edwards 22 South Wales "Christopher", a 65-year-old retired antiques dealer Episode 3 Blocked (Episode 6)
Aiden Bradbury 19 Wakefield Herself Episode 1 Blocked (Episode 6)
Genelle Perkins 31 London Herself, but not revealing that she's a mother Episode 1 Walked (Episode 10)
Hannah Rosie Steadman 27 London Herself Episode 8 Blocked (Episode 10)
Ryan Gooding 28 Ipswich Himself Episode 6 Blocked (Episode 12)
Mairead Martin 57 Cheshire Herself, but younger (32) Episode 10 Blocked (Episode 13)
Precious Muir 34 London Herself, but younger (25) Episode 12 Blocked (Episode 15)
Scotty Forrester 36 London Himself, but younger (31) Episode 7 Blocked (Episode 16)
Harry Southern 22 South Shields Himself Episode 12 Blocked (Episode 17)
Dan Mosaku 28 London Himself Episode 1 Fourth place (Episode 18)
Sian Owen 20 London A “Plain Jane” version of herself Episode 1 Third place (Episode 18)
Freddie Bentley 20 Essex Himself, but straight and older (24) Episode 1 Runner-up (Episode 18)
Alex Hobern 26 London "Kate", a 25-year-old woman Episode 1 Winner (Episode 18)

Results and elimination

During a typical elimination, players are asked to rate each of their fellow players out of five. At the end of the ratings, the players are told their average scores in order from highest to lowest. The two players with the highest average score become the influencers, who must then decide which of the remaining players to "block" and therefore eliminate from the game. Once blocked, that player is given the opportunity to briefly meet one player still in the game.

Episode 2 Episode 4 Episode 6 Episode 10 Episode 12 Episode 13 Episode 15 Episode 16 Episode 17 Episode 18
Final
Alex
"Kate"
3.28
3.28/5 stars
3.41
3.41/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
2.71
2.71/5 stars
2.50
2.50/5 stars
2.71
2.71/5 stars
3.50
3.5/5 stars
Not
published
2.50
2.5/5 stars
3.00
3/5 stars
Winner
(Episode 18)
Freddie 2.71
2.71/5 stars
2.43
2.43/5 stars
3.14
3.14/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
2.83
2.83/5 stars
3.14
3.14/5 stars
3.33
3.33/5 stars
Not
published
3.00
3/5 stars
2.67
2.67/5 stars
Runner-up
(Episode 18)
Sian 3.00
3/5 stars
3.14
3.14/5 stars
2.43
2.43/5 stars
3.00
3/5 stars
3.17
3.17/5 stars
3.29
3.29/5 stars
4.00
4/5 stars
Not
published
4.25
4.25/5 stars
2.33
2.33/5 stars
Third place
(Episode 18)
Dan 3.14
3.14/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
3.71
3.71/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
2.83
2.83/5 stars
3.43
3.43/5 stars
3.83
3.83/5 stars
Not
published
2.75
2.75/5 stars
2.00
2/5 stars
Fourth place
(Episode 18)
Harry Not in
The Circle
Exempt 2.33
2.33/5 stars
Not
published
1.50
1.50/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 17)
Scotty Not in
The Circle
2.71
2.71/5 stars
3.17
3.17/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
3.50
3.5/5 stars
Not
published
Blocked
(Episode 16)
Precious Not in
The Circle
Exempt 2.00
2/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 15)
Mairead Not in
The Circle
Exempt 2.57
2.57/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 13)
Ryan Not in
The Circle
Exempt 2.57
2.57/5 stars
2.50
2.50/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 12)
Hannah Not in
The Circle
2.29
2.29/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 10)
Genelle 3.00
3/5 stars
2.71
2.71/5 stars
3.14
3.14/5 stars
N/A Walked
(Episode 10)
Aiden 2.86
2.86/5 stars
2.57
2.57/5 stars
2.57
2.57/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 6)
Sinead
"Christopher"
Not in
The Circle
Exempt 2.00
2/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 6)
Mitchell 2.43
2.43/5 stars
2.86
2.86/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 4)
Jennifer 2.28
2.28/5 stars
Blocked
(Episode 2)
Notes none 1 2 none 3 4 none
Influencers Alex,
Dan
Alex,
Sian
Dan,
Freddie,
Genelle
none Scotty,
Sian
Dan,
Sian
none Sian none
Walked none Genelle none
Blocked Jennifer
Influencers'
choice to block
Mitchell
Influencers'
choice to block
Sinead
"Christopher"

Influencers'
choice to block
Hannah
Lowest
rated player
Ryan
Influencers'
choice to block
Mairead
Influencers'
choice to block
Precious
Non-at risk players'
choice to block
Scotty
Super influencer's
choice to block
Harry
Lowest
rated player
Dan
Fourth lowest
rated player
Sian
Third lowest
rated player
Freddie
Second lowest
rated player
Aiden
Influencer's
choice to block
Alex
"Kate"

Highest
rated player

Notes

  • ^Note 1 :In Episode 6, as Freddie and Genelle tied on their ratings they both joined Dan as influencers, also that day there was the first ever double blocking.
  • ^Note 2 :In Episode 10, although they were new players Hannah and Scotty were eligible to be rated and ultimately blocked from the game. Genelle also received a rating however this was not revealed as she walked from The Circle before the ratings were announced, her ratings for the players were still counted. Also for the first time there was no influencers as the player with the lowest rating was automatically blocked from the game.
  • ^Note 3 :In Episode 15, the bottom two players were at risk with the remaining players deciding who would be blocked.
  • ^Note 4 :In Episode 16, the top player was a super influencer. The ratings were not revealed.

International versions

On 9 October 2018, it was announced that three localised versions have been commissioned by Netflix for three different countries, including an American version of the show and two currently unannounced countries.[8][9][10][11][12]

Country Local title Channel Presenter Premiere date End date
 United States The Circle US Netflix TBA TBA TBD

References

  1. ^ "About". www.patrizio-knight.com. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ Knight, Patrizio. "The Circle Theme (Extended)". www.soundcloud.com. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "C4 commissions The Circle from Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group". www.channel4.com. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "WATCH: How does Channel 4's The Circle work?". www.channel4.com.
  5. ^ a b c Donaldson, Laura (11 September 2018). "The Circle on Channel 4: What is it and when does it start? All the details". OK!.
  6. ^ a b Draper, James (17 September 2018). "The Circle: Start date and all you need to know about new Channel 4 show". Daily Mirror.
  7. ^ "Meet The Circle contestants - the deceptive social media-inspired reality show". The Metro. 18 September 2018.
  8. ^ Burton, Charlie. "The Circle finale made one massive mistake". www.gq-magazine.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ Deen, Sarah (9 October 2018). "The Circle US is coming as Netflix plan three versions of the Channel 4 series". www.metro.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ Fullerton, Huw. "Netflix to remake reality show The Circle in three new countries including the US". www.radiotimes.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Bea (9 October 2018). "Netflix snaps up The Circle for new worldwide series". www.digitalspy.com. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Channel 4's The Circle winner revealed". BBC News. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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