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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 14:18 GMT
UK to get 'deepest fears' reality show
Another gruelling TV contest, Survivor, is also to return
A TV programme in which contestants compete to confront their deepest fears has been commissioned by Sky One.

Fear Factor is already being broadcast in the US by NBC, where the winner gets 35,000 in prize money.

We're getting people to feel like their worst nightmares are reality

Richard Hopkins, Executive Producer
The UK version of the series will be made by Big Brother's producer, Endemol UK, but the show's prize money has yet to be decided.

Fear Factor UK's executive producer Richard Hopkins told BBC News Online: "Contestants face things like being put in a pit, covered with scorpions and being made to lie there for three minutes.

"Then we do things like making them climb out on a ledge 32 floors up and walk along it until they get to a window."


But Mr Hopkins rejected criticisms that the ordeals were degrading to contestants.

"All the US contestants so far have found it very fulfilling - it's not a negative and degrading show, and they've really enjoyed it."

Cape Town
The series will be shot in Cape Town, South Africa
All the contestants for the UK show will be physically and psychologically tested so that producers are show they can cope with the challenges.

The 13-part, one-hour series starts shooting in May in South Africa and could be on Sky One by the autumn.

Mr Hopkins said that Endemol would be taking great care not to actually endanger contestants.

"We're doing this out of Cape Town and we're looking very carefully at doing a stunt with sharks - but they're too unpredictable to work with, and anyway they might not turn up.

"We're getting people to feel like their worst nightmares are reality, but in truth we're controlling the whole thing," he said.

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