How pissed off would you be if you spent a year in the middle of nowhere filming a reality show with a bunch of people you don’t know, only to find out that no one was even watching? Well, that was the unfortunate reality for 23 contestants on the English television show Eden, which places contestants right in the middle of butt-fuck nowhere in the Scottish Highlands and tasks them with setting up a self-sustainable community.
Instead of leaving their isolated village as reality television celebrities swamped with agents, book deals and one off photo shoots in NSFW magazines, the 10 contestants who did actually manage to make it through have arrived home to virtual anonymity. It turns out that only four episodes have been shown in total, and the last one aired over seven months ago.
Intended as a mix of a reality show and a sociological experiment, the aim was to get contestants to create a new model of society. Just like it’s biblical namesake, human temptation proved too strong and the group was torn apart by jealousy, hunger, and sexual frustration. So, really no different to how most of us live our lives now.
Local resident Maria Macpherson said yesterday: “The last 10 have left. In the end, the show was a joke. Some of the participants were even seen in the dentist at Fort William needing treatment after eating chicken feed grit.
“It has not done this area any favours – it has just not lived up to expectations.”
Channel 4 are saying that the rest of the episodes will air at a later date, but that later date has not yet been specified. If you want to see a bunch of people struggling on a daily basis, just head to your nearest University and bask in the squalor of student living.
Source: The Independent