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Last Updated: Friday, 21 July 2006, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
TV's Castaway back for second run
Ben Fogle
The first series made a star of Ben Fogle, who is now a TV presenter
The BBC reality TV show Castaway is to return, with volunteers living on an "exotic" island instead of the Scottish setting of the original series.

It is billed as a "social experiment" with a purpose, and will recruit people who can "develop the infrastructure of the island" by using their skills.

The first series in 2000 saw 36 people spend a year on Taransay, an island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

They had to build their own shelters and establish a community.

A total of 28 adults and eight children coped with 100mph gales and a meningitis scare, as well as getting used to living so near to complete strangers.


However, seven people left during the course of the year.

Two quit the show following arguments, with one of them - Ron Copsey - winning a settlement of 8,000 from the BBC after claiming he was misrepresented on TV.

He accused the producers of "fabricating" an incident which appeared to suggest he threw a chair.

A shelter from the Castaway series
The 36 contestants had to construct 'pods' in which they lived for a year
A family of four also claimed to have been bullied.

The programme also made a star of Ben Fogle, who has gone on to front numerous TV shows.

The BBC said the contestants on the second series "will reflect all aspects of British life".

The location was chosen "to take the Castaways even further from their current lives" and would be announced "in due course".

"It was exciting to be at the forefront of this type of programme," said Jeremy Mills, the executive producer of the series at production company Lion Television.

"We're now looking forward to being able to take the idea forwards, incorporating everything we learnt then and since about making entertainment shows with an underlying purpose."

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