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Sunday, 10 June, 2001, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Kids' 'Castaway' challenge begins
Tammy Huff and Toby Waterman on Taransay
Castaways Tammy and Toby will set challenges
Six children are spending their first full day on a remote Scottish island as part of a new "castaway" television challenge.

The three boys and three girls are the first of several groups who will pit their endurance, survival and entertainment skills against each other for the chance to win a family holiday.

Challenges will be set for them by two veterans of the original BBC Castaway series, Tammy Huff and Toby Waterman.

Each set of teams will spend four days on the island before viewers vote for the winning trio.

'Temptation Hut'

All the children taking part in the series, called L&K Castaway, are 12- to 14-year-old viewers of the BBC's Saturday morning Live and Kicking programme.

They are staying in tepees within a specially created secure compound on the island.

During their time on the island they will learn a variety of skills and try to win points by completing tasks such as climbing, canoeing, raft building, cooking and even karaoke singing.

Tammy Huff
Castaway Tammy Huff will present the new show
The team with the most points over the whole series will win a mystery holiday for themselves and their parents.

But contestants can also lose points if they stray into the "Temptation Hut", which contains a games console, television, computer and a CD player.

The first teams to set off were Callum Couston, Tony Ryan and Owen Batchelor from Glasgow and Natalie Button, Catherine Lingard and Kathleen Brennan from Oxford.

They left the Live and Kicking studio in Glasgow on Saturday morning, waved off by Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danaan.

The six arrived at the island shortly before noon, having travelled by bus, helicopter and boat to get there.

But unlike the inhabitants of Taransay in the original Castaways series, the children will not have to spend a full year on the island.

That 2.4m fly-on-the-wall documentary followed the story of 36 people who arrived on the island in January 2000 to spend a year building their own community cut off from the rest of the world.

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