Can you imagine going into the wilderness and living with a bunch of strangers under the promise of reality TV fame, only to come out a year later to discover the show had been axed?
That’s what happened to the stars of reality show Eden. Contestants were forced to live for a year in the Scottish wilderness (not the kindest of wildernesses), only to discover that the show that they were a part of stopped filming in August last year.
The show stopped filming due to ratings dropping from 1.7 million viewers, to 800,000. Clearly, media broadcasting company Channel 4 were less than pleased with these numbers and decided to cut the show.
Eden was to focus on a society built from scratch, a point of difference from other survival reality TV shows such as I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Survivor where competitive challenges are central. It seems, however, that this competitive element is exactly what kept eyeballs on screens.
Channel 4 said in a statement:
“The series aims to challenge everything about modern living, raising questions about what we need to be happy, what we want from our communities and how we are influenced by society as a whole.”
Although the cast were given everything they needed to survive, the conditions that they were in became too much and members started to leave, citing that they were bored.
— Eden (@Eden_C4) October 7, 2016
However, Channel 4 have defended their show and have rumoured that it will come back this year in a statement below:
“The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment, and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles.”
If the show returns the new contestants can only hope they will survive on TV, as well as in the wilderness.