BRITAIN: Reality Show Strands Cast In Wilderness For Months, Doesn’t Tell Them Show Was Canceled

Whoa. Variety reports:

The contestants of a British reality show that marooned them in the wilderness for a year as a social experiment have returned to civilization — only to discover the series was taken off air several months ago and no one bothered to tell them.

The Channel 4 program, “Eden,” assembled 23 men and women and dispatched them to a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, where they were told to set up a self-sufficient community. The group was cut off from any contact with the outside world, and had to “decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock,” according to a statement released when the show was first announced.

The year-long experiment was recorded by a four-strong crew as well as personal cameras and a fixed rig. Four episodes of the show – covering March, April and May – were broadcast last summer. But ratings slipped from 1.7 million to 800,000, leading Channel 4 to pull the plug on further updates.

No one bothered to tell the remaining contestants, who reportedly endured boredom and infighting, were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed, and only emerged last week from their less than splendid isolation to discover that their fellow Brits voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

Thirteen of the contestants had already quit. The remaining ten have not yet made public comments.

  • Sissy Spacedout

    Oh, dear lord. So, who’s going to be sued for that labour violation?

  • Ernest Endevor


    No, it’s wrong to laugh, I shouldn’t.

    But, hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahhahahahahhaha!


    And after hearing about the Trump ‘presidency’ and Brexit, the contestants decided to stay in the wilderness.

    • Frostbite

      I hear there are openings, wondering if I can join them…

      • Bad Tom

        All the chicken feed you can eat!
        It ain’t getting any fresher.

        • At least it’s better then Jim Bakers buckets of slop.

          But if you enter the contest now on his website, you can win a year’s supply of the stuff! (Good luck with that.)

          I suppose the buckets maybe useful when empty.

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  • Do Something Nice

    Given how I feel about these insipid shows, this warms my heart.

    • Butch

      Partner is a craftsman who is on his feet all day, and after chores are done at night he likes to relax with a little TV. Our one agreement is that he can watch anything he wants except reality shows (and Fox) – there’s no place in our little house to “get away” from the TV and I can’t stand them.

      • jmax

        I feel bad sometimes when I hear my partner talk to others about shows he used to watch but doesn’t anymore because I won’t stay in the room when they are on. But damn, I can’t abide some of the crappy shows he used to watch when he was single : (

  • kaydenpat

    Oh dear. Kind of evil but what can you say? Feel sorry that they came out of isolation just to learn that Trump is the Leader of the Free World.

    • Duh-David

      Angela Merkel is the Leader of the Free World! Comrade Trump is just President of the United States. The rest of the world wouldn’t follow him for free ice cream.

  • Jeffrey

    I like the idea of taking people who believe they should be on reality shows and dumping them in the wilderness. I don’t see the problem.

    • another_steve

      ^^ LMAO

      (Same here.)

    • Gustav2

      You mean like our current president?

      • Todd20036

        Especially so. But I’ll accept “jail” over “wilderness”.
        I’m open minded like that.

        • zhera

          Jail, wilderness, Russia. I’m flexible!

      • TuuxKabin

        Or two? Don’t forget President Bannon.

      • Jeffrey

        I fear that saying what I would like to happen to the current president might lead to a visit from the secret service

    • MattPS

      Yes, I agree completely. None of us would even react to the name Kardashian if it weren’t for reality TV, quite possibly the worst idea to have ever been hatched in a producer´s mind.

  • RoverSerton

    Wish Snooky could have been in on this one.

  • barrixines

    Normally this would warm my black heart. But not today. Am just too sad.

    • RoverSerton

      Why the sadness?

      • barrixines

        I’m a Brit. Article 50 has been triggered. We’re out.

        • RoverSerton

          So much bad in the past year with idiots wanting to burn it all down. Best of luck.

          • barrixines

            Much appreciated.

        • another_steve

          Look… think on the bright side.

          You don’t currently have a sexual predator con artist killer clown leading your nation, as we Yanks do.

          • barrixines

            I have a lot of faith in you people that you will remedy your situation a lot sooner than the Brits will.

          • another_steve

            I can’t help myself (sorry)…

          • Todd20036

            If only their loin cloths fell off….

          • another_steve


          • McSwagg

            Like the Romans would have allowed them the dignity of loin cloths.

        • TuuxKabin

          Sigh. Sigh again. Will you have to return?

          • barrixines

            No I am never going back – I’m just not sure as nobody knows the terms of the deal yet what actions I will have to take to keep out of the place. I will never live in England again. I fucking despise my fellow countrymen for what they have done to my country, to Europe, to the world.

          • TuuxKabin

            Same passenger. Same boat here. I’m finding a lot of ‘release’ in hitting the streets to protest again, after more than thirty years hiatus. Never thought I’d be manning the ramparts again. El HubCap and I have been designated our wee coop’s (8 of us) representatives to the movement, keep the rest informed. We’re two Brits – both citizens – two Aussies and the rest of us from here.

          • barrixines

            Yes, were I living in the UK at the moment, I am sure I could find a way to channel my anger. Slightly harder to hit the streets here when the whole country agrees that the Brits are a bunch of fools.

          • Dazzer

            I feel the same. I watched Treesa the Appeaser’s speech about leaving and felt like reaching through the TV to throttle her.

            I’ve made my application for Irish citizenship and have been hunting around Scotland to find a place to move to.

            But it’s a horribly sad day and I’ll never forgive the people who forced this farce on us.

          • barrixines

            I am sure posters here know how it feels but when May talks about unity I just see red. I will never find common ground with the racists, liars, kleptocrats, far right/hard left nilhilists and plain old fashioned fucking morons who banded together to bring this about.

          • Dazzer

            I can’t even properly describe what I was thinking when she was calling for ‘unity’.

            In part I was furious because she’s done precisely fuck all to engender any form of unity in the country. She’s pissed off the Scots, ignored the Welsh, burbled nonsense about N Ireland and pandered to the hard right Brexiteers of England. She has no idea what ‘unity’ means – of if she does, she’s deliberately ignored it.

            And another part of me feels sorrow for her. She’s so inadequate and so incapable of leading – and lacks any concept of self-awareness – that she simply doesn’t know how to do the job.

            She’s going to go down in history as the PM who broke up the United Kingdom – but she’ll still go to her senile death still thinking she did the best job she could.

        • Robert Pierce

          A lot can happen in the next two years of negotiation. We’re still in the EU for the next two years. Once the people see what hasn’t been achieved by May and her Brexit regime, all those promises such as £350 million a week to the NHS not happening, among many other things, they may well decide to reject it. Contrary to what some Brexit ringleaders are saying, Article 50 can be reversed.

          • barrixines

            I know there’s a lot of decent people like you fighting the good fight but as we’ve seen in the US – we are never going to fight feels with facts. “Winning” is everything. I’d love to think you were right but, as with Trump, I believe that the Brits (I probably should say the English there) are actually going to have to experience the full disaster of their “win” before they come to their senses.

          • Robert Pierce

            Oh I think that once May finds out she can’t get similar benefits outside the EU and blames the EU for intransigence by not bending the rules, there will be pushback in Parliament against leaving with a bad or no deal. It’s early days yet. We will be vigilant and holding their feet to the fire.

          • lymis

            It always struck me as absurd that such a decision could be made with a single vote. Seems to me it should have been set up with a “two votes over at least two years” thing, especially if it required a supermajority to move forward.

          • Robert Pierce

            The biggest mistake was, other than the referendum itself, is that Cameron didn’t insist on a threshold which he should have, believing that Remain would win. We don’t often have referenda in the UK and as such, they are not legally binding unless it is stipulated. Before the result, Nigel Farage, the UKIP ringleader said that a 52%-48% for Remain would be “unfinished business”, meaning a second referendum would be needed. Ironically, the Leave side rejected any chance of a re-run should their side lose.

    • Jeffrey

      Sorry about that. Britain and America have both made devastating decisions this year. Ill be back in London in June. One of my favorite cities.

      • barrixines

        Appreciated. I know London is a staunchly Remain city but if you do come across a Brexiter, feel free to glare at them sternly on my behalf.

        • Jeffrey

          Will do. Ive spent a lot of time in London and consider it a second home. All of our friends there are truly disgusted with Brexit. We’ll be there four or five days before heading off to Paris and then Marrakech.

          • barrixines

            Do feel free to spend some of your tourist dollars in Spain on one of your trips this side of the planet. We need them more than most.

          • Jeffrey

            I frequently do. I love Spain. It is a beautiful and very affordable get away.

    • Derrick Johns

      In my best Judy Garland, ” Smile though your heart is aching…smile even though it’s breaking….”

      It will be over in less than 4 years barrixines.

      In my best Gladys Knight, “You’ve got to keep on keepin’ on…”

      • barrixines

        🙂 That’s very sweet – thank you.

  • TampaZeke

    I don’t guess the social experiment was dependent upon whether it was aired or not.

    I think if I had gone through all of that only to emerge to find what had happened in the world over the last year, I would elect to return to the wilderness to eat chicken feed and live in miserable but blissful ignorance.

  • Jeffrey

    And there are only three reality shows worth watching. Anna Wintour’s Fashion Fund, Project Runway, and Drag Race. Don’t even say the K word in my presence. OK and the Great British Baking Show is pretty awesome. Though not really a reality show, IMO

  • Boreal

    Bet they won’t do that again.

    • TuuxKabin

      I suspect some of them will. Goes with the inbreeding.

  • Chris Davis

    Why didn’t the show recall the camera crew? Or if they did, wouldn’t that be a tip off to the cast members?

    • Jeffrey

      Have you seen the cast of most reality tv shows? They were probably talking into pine cones for the last three months of their stay.

    • canoebum

      Even if cancelled, the producers are probably still holding out hope of selling the footage. Somewhere…anywhere.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    WOW! That’s nuts. Let the lawsuits begin!

    I read this story and South Park immediately came to mine.

  • Ninja0980

    I see the next reality show special being when reality show producers get sued.

  • Michael R
  • Dot Beech

    There’s no business like show business!

    Be careful what you sign.

  • Michael R

    There was a reality TV show where a woman was dating
    gay men and straight men , it disappeared after a couple episodes
    while airing but I remember the gay men flirting in the hot tub .

  • CanuckDon

    I’m sorta jealous that they got to live the last five months oblivious to the Trump presidency. That ignorance woulda been bliss.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I’d live on chicken feed and endure petty arguments for that too.

      • clay

        Yeah, but unless you have access to a Co-op, the only way to get chicken feed in bulk buckets is Jim Bakker.

        • NancyP

          Chicken feed is likely packaged in 50 pound bags, just like all other livestock feed, and readily available from your “local” farm supply agent. It is possible that some feed is marketed in 5 gal buckets or sub-25 pound units for hobby chicken owners who have only two or three birds.

          • witch

            Cheaper to buy the 50 or 100 pound bags and store in large metal trash cans, that’s what I did with horse feed

    • zhera

      I wonder if they got a chance to vote on Brexit.

  • JTC

    Fox tried a similar show a couple of years ago. It only lasted two months.

    • Tiger Quinn

      That show was the American version of Eden.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Broadcast really isn’t where they make their money – so it makes sense that production wasn’t shut down even if the series wasn’t shown. If anything, this PR will make people WANT to see it.

  • bcarter3

    I don’t buy it.

    No communication between the network and the on-site crew? No termination of crew paychecks?

    The article says a number of cast members left early. They didn’t notice the show wasn’t on, and/or never mentioned it to the production company?

    Friends and family of the cast didn’t ask why they hadn’t returned after the show went off the air?

    No, no, no.

    Somebody’s having fun with gullible readers.

    • Tiger Quinn

      The production didn’t shut down. It wasn’t shown.

      Yeah, they left the production. It’s not usual for castmates to stick around production after they’ve left. Especially a remote location like that.

    • Adam King

      I think you’re right. They’re trying to sell the remaining episodes.

      • Dazzer

        Channel 4 has said that it will be putting out another four episodes later this year.

        I suspect there’s a massive amount of editing going on to find the right way of telling the story.

        • TuuxKabin

          Wonder if they’ll be any interest to watch.

    • Derrick Johns

      Well, bcarter3, people are very inconsiderate these days. They don’t care if your stuck in the wilderness like Jesus. It’s the era of Trump.

    • David Walker

      It never sounded quite right and for the reasons you state. I’ve been both crew member on remote shoots (pre-reality shows) and producer (no reality shows) and I cannot imagine a lack of contact between crew and the production company. I suspect the crew did not have to eat chicken feed, so how was their food delivered? How did recorded material get to the editors? How was damaged equipment replaced? And I would hope the crew were union…which also raises many, many questions. As a producer, I would need to be in constant touch with the crew: anything interesting today? We lose anybody? You guys need anything? And wouldn’t there be a producer or associate producer with the crew? It’s a nice publicity stunt for Channel 4, but I don’t buy it.

      • NancyP

        I don’t buy it either.

  • JNK

    LMBAO! This is beautiful news! Made my day.

  • BostonBud

    This sounds like the Fox show Utopia which suffered the same fate a few years ago.

  • mikeinftl

    Them finding out would have been the reality show!

  • Derrick Johns

    LOL This is not funny. I guess they resorted to sex. What else could they do?

    • Only if they set up some sort of solar powered shower stall and were able to take regular warm showers. I thought about that too but then I looked at the dirty clothes they were wearing.

      • Derrick Johns

        Some people have sex while they’re funky….for thousands of years.

  • FAEN

    That is fucked up!

    • GeneInSJ

      That’s the true definition of a Bad Day! LOL!

  • TuuxKabin

    ReTardity show more like it.

    • -M-


  • BobSF_94117

    The remaining ten have not yet made public comments.

    Considering Brexit and Trump, they’re debating returning to the highlands.

    • -M-

      No doubt they’re still trying to spot the hidden cameras recording this ‘prank’.

      • BobSF_94117

        I actually would sit down in front of the TV to watch the episode where they found out the show was over months before.

        • -M-

          That would be funny. But watching the producers and their friends and families trying to convince them that Brexit and Trump really happened would be hilarious, and heartbreaking.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I know I am.

        • -M-

          Yes. Paranoia seems only marginally more absurd than reality.

  • Andymac3

    I’m still waiting for Prison break – DC edition, a reality show that is taken off air after the trial but runs for years.

  • Reality.Bites

    I have a friend who was marooned in the Scottish highlands for 17 years.

    Then he finished high school and moved to Aberdeen.

  • Skip Intro

    Let’s send the entire Kardashian clan, including Caitlyn and Kanye, to the remotest wilds of Siberia and tell them it’s an exclusive luxury vacation spot. They’re unlikely to have heard of Siberia as none of them is able to read. They could then “decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock,” and then we’ll abandon them there with no cameras or Botox.

    • I said the same thing above! Independently of you . We had the same idea at the same time! You are more thorough 🙂 LOL.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Something does not smell quite right about this. How could some family member or friend not gone looking for them? How could 10 people be overlooked? Were these people “lost” members of society and no one cared about them? Something is not right here.

    • DanimalChgo

      From the full article it sounds like they continued to be filmed the whole time, and they’re planning some future use for the remaining footage.

  • Ben in Oakland

    All I wanted was my fifteen minutes of fame. I thought if I had it, I would be important enough to matter.

    In the words of the immortal–well, formerly immortal– Harold Camping, predicting the end of the world a few years ago…

    “I guess I made a mistake!”

  • jefe5084

    Where can one buy chicken feed in a wilderness? Perhaps Mr. Picky Pecker knows.

  • Acronym Jim

    “No one bothered to tell the remaining contestants, who reportedly endured boredom and infighting, were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed, and only emerged last week from their less than splendid isolation to discover that their fellow Brits voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.”

    Whereupon they immediately returned to their now self-imposed isolation.

  • popebuck1

    This is going to be like those Japanese soldiers posted on remote islands, who didn’t know the war had ended. Decades from now, forgotten reality show contestants will still be found wandering back into civilization thinking the Kardashians are still a thing.

    • Alessar

      You laugh now but Kim K could be president when they return.

      • popebuck1

        And we’ll be paying a million dollars a day to keep Kanye protected in Beverly Hills.

  • TheManicMechanic

    We know now what would happen if someone threw a reality show and no one showed up to watch. Sounds to me like the plot of a reality based show. How meta.

  • I have an idea. Maybe they can drop off the entire Kardashian family including their stepmother, Caityn Jenner, at the same location and then forget about them. They can remove multiple reality show disasters from cable televsion this way!

  • Lars Littlefield

    For reality TV people this is poetic justice. Can’t think of a better thing to happen to them except maybe not recouping any money. 🙂

  • JCF

    Perhaps because Ryan Murphy already made this show? “My Scottish Highlands Nightmare”