Kathryn Flett's My TV Week: Will survivor survive? (It's touch and go...) trends now
'Thirty-four days, 18 people, one survivor... this is the most physically demanding and emotionally draining show on TV,' announced Survivor host Joel Dommett (The Masked Singer), portentously.
My first thought: 'What, even more physically demanding and emotionally draining than The Traitors? Bring it on!' So I enthusiastically signed up for weeks of 'Woo-hoo! We got this!' shouted by the gung-ho castaways seeking shelter, fire, food, water and £100k for the winning individual in the Dominican Republic.
In case you're having deja-vu, yes, this is a reboot of the global reality franchise that aired for two seasons on ITV way back in 2001 and 2002 before the broadcaster somewhat bafflingly pulled the plug despite the show attracting bigger ratings than Big Brother. There have been more than 50 versions worldwide since, with a whopping 45-season run in the US.
'Thirty-four days, 18 people, one survivor... this is the most physically demanding and emotionally draining show on TV,' announced Survivor host Joel Dommett (pictured)
Survivor contestants Nathan (left) and Sabrina (right)
So far, our likeable host is successfully wrangling, cajoling and interviewing members of the Orange tribe, aka Caleton and the Blue tribe, aka La Nena – named after the respective beaches they're calling home for a few weeks. La Nena got off to a flyer in the first three trials – basically building, unlocking, burning, swimming... pretty much whatever you'd see in Celebrity SAS or I'm A Celebrity, albeit without quite so many critters or, indeed, celebrities.
It's what you'd see in I'm A Celebrity, but without quite so many critters
However, Caleton have now broken back and there's still everything for everybody to play for.
Or nearly everybody. No surprise that portly pensions manager Richard, 36, from Dalkeith, had his torch extinguished at the first Tribal Council. Having failed a challenge, leaving Caleton a man down, Richard answered Dommett's question, 'Do you think you're vulnerable tonight?' with a mildly delusional, 'I think everybody here is vulnerable!' and was immediately voted out by his tribe.
Less predictable an exit was ultra-marathon runner Sabrina, 45, on the grounds that she was clearly and unapologetically in it to win it. Which, let's face it, just isn't very British, right?
Though it's still early days, you'd be mad not to keep an eye on Manchester fitness