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Children 'to star in Flies show'
Children in playground
Children between eight and 15 will take part
A reality TV show based on William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies and featuring a group of children is heading for US TV screens, reports say.

Daily Variety has reported that the show, tentatively titled Kid Nation, will observe 40 children from eight to 16 without parental supervision.

The series will be screened towards the end of the year on CBS, Variety said.

Lord of the Flies tells of a group of boys on a desert island, who quickly descend into primitive behaviour.

The reality show will be set in Bonanza City, an old New Mexico mining town which has been deserted for over a century.

Free to go

Variety reports that children would be given choices between things they need, such as food and supplies, and things they want, such as toys.

The children will be able to go home whenever they want.

Instead of the traditional eviction at the end of each show, every episode will culminate with one child being selected by his or her peers to earn a reward.

The programme's aim will be to build a society by passing laws, choosing leaders and creating an economy.

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