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Survivor (UK TV series)


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Survivor is a reality television show that was broadcast in the United Kingdom on the ITV network for two series from 2001 to 2002. It is adapted from the original U.S. show of the same name and first launched in May 2001 with huge promotion and hype from the network and tabloid newspapers. The prize for the winner was 1 million.

The show was generally considered a failure in the ratings and it only ran for two series. However the series, particularly the first, was watched by more viewers than other reality shows at the time, including Big Brother.

Format

A group of contestants (16 in the first series, 12 in the second) were marooned on a desert island and split into two tribes. For the first 20 days, the two tribes competed against each other in reward and immunity challenges. The tribe that won the reward challenge received a special treat that made their life on the island more comfortable. The tribe that won the immunity challenge was safe from any eliminations from the competition for three days.

Meanwhile, the tribe that lost the immunity challenge were forced to vote one of their own off the island. Contestants were free to discuss and scheme about who they wished to vote off, and many alliances were made and broken as the series progressed.

After 20 days, the remaining members of the two tribes merged into a single unit. Reward and immunity challenges were competed for on an individual basis, with the remaining contestants battling to prevent themselves from being voted off. After tribal merger, every contestant who was voted off joined a jury that would ultimately decide which of the two finalists won the 1,000,000 prize.

Series 1 (2001)

The first series was filmed on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tiga, in the South China Sea, which was also the site of the first U.S. Survivor series. It was broadcast weekly from 21 May 2001 to 25 July 2001. The initial tribes were Helang (Eagle) and Ular (Snake).

Contestant Original tribe Merged tribe Finish Votes
Nick Carter
38, drugs company manager
Ular
1st voted out
Day 4
5
Jennifer "J.J." Adams
37, personal assistant
Helang
2nd voted out
Day 7
4
Uzma Bashir
30, nursery manager
Helang
3rd voted out
Day 10
8
Sarah Odell
33, model
Ular
4th voted out
Day 13
5
Jayne Meyler
47, massage therapist
Helang
5th voted out
Day 16
7
Adrian Bauckham
22, barrister's clerk
Helang
6th voted out
Day 19
4
Simon Dunkley
35, financial sales manager
Helang
Sekutu
7th voted out
Day 22
6
Andy Fairfield
41, airline pilot
Helang
8th voted out
1st jury member
Day 25
6
James Stroud
40, property developer
Helang
9th voted out
2nd jury member
Day 28
9
Peter "Pete" Farrar
30, model and actor
Ular
10th voted out
3rd jury member
Day 31
5
Zoe Lyons
29, bartender and actress
Ular
11th voted out
4th jury member
Day 34
8
Eve Holding
30, project manager
Ular
12th voted out
5th jury member
Day 37
6
Mick Easton
55, retired police officer
Ular
13th voted out
6th jury member
Day 38
4
Richard Owen
33, clinical psychologist
Ular
14th voted out
7th jury member
Day 39
5
Jackie Carey
31, airline industry purchaser
Ular
Runner-up
7
Charlotte Hoborough
24, police officer
Helang
Survivor
4

Challenges

Episodes Challenges Eliminated Votes Finish
Reward Immunity
1 Helang Nick 5-3 1st voted out
Day 4
2 None Ular J.J. 4-4 2nd voted out
Day 7
3 Ular Ular Uzma 4-2-1 3rd voted out
Day 10
4 Ular Helang Sarah 5-2 4th voted out
Day 13
5 Helang Ular Jayne 5-1 5th voted out
Day 16
6 Ular Ular Adrian 3-2 6th voted out
Day 19
7 None Andy Simon 6-2-1-1 7th voted out
Day 22
8 James
[Andy]
Pete Andy 6-2-1 8th voted out
Day 25
9 Survivor
Auction
Richard James 6-1-1 9th voted out
Day 28
10 Pete Richard Pete 5-1-1 10th voted out
Day 31
11 Richard
[Charlotte]
Eve Zoe 3-3 11th voted out
Day 34
12 Eve Richard Eve 4-1 12th voted out
Day 37
Finale None Richard Mick 3-1 13th voted out
Day 38
Charlotte Richard 2-1 14th voted out
Day 39
Reunion Jury vote Jackie 7-0 Runner-up
Charlotte Survivor
^ Combined reward and immunity challenge.
^ Ular appeared to have won the challenge but because they missed a torch to light it, they were disqualified and Helang won reward and immunity.

The series was perceived as being not very popular with UK viewers. Despite initial media hype which surrounded the show, the debut episode opened with 6.6 million viewers, which was considered as a disappointment for ITV. Ratings for the show then began to hang around the 5 million mark, which was half of the audience that the network had expected.

The show initially aired four times a week on ITV. On Monday and Wednesday, highlights from the camp were shown, presented by Mark Austin who also spent 40 days on the island with the contestants. On Tuesday and Thursday, an interview was conducted with the latest contestant to be voted off the island, presented by John Leslie.

However, ITV later decided to air fewer episodes per week to give the show a greater opportunity to "grow", but this failed to have an effect on viewing figures. Nevertheless, the final show managed to attract 7.7 million viewers, peaking at 9 million.

The show was won by Charlotte Hobrough. She was a member of Helang tribe, who were outnumbered by Ular tribe members at tribal merger. However, after successfully voting out everybody but her, the Ular tribe members began to vote against each other, allowing Charlotte to make it through to the final two, along with Jackie Carey. Hobrough won by a 7-0 vote. There was controversy when viewers were invited to phone in to cast their preference; this was via a premium rate phone call. Despite being told many times by the host that the phone vote would not be counted in the final tally, several viewers felt cheated. This was rectified for the second series, where the phone vote did count.

Voting history

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Finale
Eliminated
Nick
J.J.
Uzma
Sarah
Jayne
Adrian
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Zoe
Eve
Mick
Richard
Jackie
Charlotte
VoterVote
Charlotte
J.J.
Jayne
Jayne
James
Eve
Richard
Zoe
Eve
Zoe
Eve
Mick
Richard
Jury Vote
Jackie
Nick
Sarah
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Zoe
Eve
Mick
Richard
Richard
Nick
Sarah
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Zoe
Eve
Mick
Jackie
Charlotte
Mick
Jackie
Sarah
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Charlotte
Eve
Jackie
Charlotte
Eve
Nick
Zoe
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Charlotte
Jackie
Charlotte
Zoe
Nick
Sarah
Simon
Andy
James
Pete
Charlotte
Charlotte
Pete
Jackie
Sarah
Simon
Andy
James
Charlotte
Charlotte
James
J.J.
Uzma
Jayne
Adrian
Zoe
Richard
Mick
Charlotte
Andy
Uzma
Uzma
Jayne
Adrian
Zoe
Jackie
Charlotte
Simon
Uzma
Uzma
Jayne
Adrian
Richard
Adrian
J.J.
Jayne
Jayne
James
Jayne
Uzma
Uzma
Adrian
Sarah
Nick
Zoe
Uzma
J.J.
James
J.J.
Uzma
Nick
Jackie
^: Simon first voted for Uzma, causing a tie; however, in a revote, Simon changed his vote and voted for J.J., sending her home.
^: Charlotte and Zoe were tied 3-3 at Tribal Council and in a Tribal Council countback Charlotte had 1 previous vote, but Zoe had 5, and she was eliminated.

Elimination Notes

  • Nick: Although Jackie was originally targeted for being the weakest player, most of Ular changed their minds and voted out Nick, as they felt he was taking control of the game too early. (5-3)
  • J.J.: Both J.J. and Uzma were in the hot seat, Uzma for being the weakest member and J.J. for being too domineering. At tribal council, they tied 4-4. The other players were then sent to a location where they could privately discuss, and then revote. A second vote (not aired) was tied after both Simon and James changed their votes (to J.J and Uzma respectively), cancelling one another out. On the third vote, both James and Simon voted for J.J. (4-4)
  • Uzma: Uzma's failure to redeem herself cost her dearly, and although Adrian and Charlotte ralied against Jayne, Helang felt Uzma's weakness was the reason why they were losing so much recently. Uzma voted for James. (4-2-1)
  • Sarah: Although Sarah and Eve felt safe in their alliance with Richard and Jackie, Eve attempted to make waves by campaigning to send Jackie out. Richard told the plans to Jackie, who in turn made a pact with the tribe outcast Zoe. Richard later convinced Sarah and Eve to stick with their alliance, but Jackie no longer intended to do the same. She convinced Richard to join her and the others in blindsiding Sarah. (5-2)
  • Jayne: Adrian and Jayne were the two targets; Jayne for her weak performance in challenges, and Adrian for his lack of work around camp. Ultimately, the tribe decided to keep the stronger physical player and vote Jayne out. (5-1)
  • Adrian: Two main duos existed in the Helang tribe: Andy & James, and Adrian & Charlotte. Simon promised loyalty to both groups, but at tribal council he betrayed Adrian and voted him out. (3-2)
  • Simon: The Ular alliance decided to vote out the Helang members one-by-one. Simon was first to go because Andy had won immunity and Ular bore Simon a grudge from an incident during one of the earlier challenges (6-2-1-1)
  • Andy: Andy was the next victim of the Ular alliance, as he was seen more of threat than Charlotte and James. (6-2-1)
  • James: The Ular members stuck together once again and voted out James, who they believed was a bigger threat than Charlotte. (6-1-1)
  • Pete: Although Charlotte was supposed to go, Pete lost immunity. The Ular members then saw their chance to vote him out, as they thought he was a physical threat as well as being well liked by the jury. Richard told Pete, who became angry at everyone except Charlotte and Richard. Pete secretly told Charlotte that he was next to go, and not her, which surprised her. Charlotte voted against Eve tactically to increase her votes in case of a tie in the future. Pete stuck the original plan and voted against Charlotte, hoping what Richard told him was wrong. Before leaving, Pete took the betrayal personally, and gave his bible to Richard. (5-1-1)
  • Zoe: Fed up with Eve and Zoe, Richard secretly broke away from the Ular alliance and convinced Charlotte and Jackie to form a new one. They decided to vote out Zoe for being too self-confident. The original and remaining alliance of Eve, Mick, and Zoe decided Charlotte's time was up and decided to vote her out. Charlotte and Zoe tied at tribal council 3-3. The tie would be broken by the amount of past votes the players had received. Charlotte had 1 previous vote against her, while Zoe had 5, eliminating her.
  • Eve: During the immunity challenge, Eve got on everyone's nerves, and isolated herself. Even Mick, Eve's only ally, decided he had had enough of her. At camp, Eve took some of Charlotte's tampons (although she later claimed she put some back) and a hidden bottle of ketchup which she drank alone in the jungle. When confronted at tribal council, Eve agreed that this had happened but claimed she had no regrets of doing it. She was then voted out. (4-1)
  • Mick: The alliance of Charlotte, Jackie, and Richard voted out their final non-aligned member, Mick. He was also considered a favorite of the jury, which contributed to his elimination. (3-1)
  • Richard: After winning the crucial final immunity challenge, Charlotte was safe from elimination. Jackie and Richard were forced to vote for each other. Charlotte voted out well-liked Richard as he was more of a physical and mental threat to her than unpopular Jackie. When the final vote was being cast, Richard knew he would be eliminated and whispered "Good luck" to Charlotte. (2-1)
  • Jackie: The jury disliked Jackie and felt she was carried to the end by the others. She received no votes. (0-7)
  • Charlotte: The jury was impressed that she was able to make it so far despite winning only 1 individual immunity challenge. She was also more likable than Jackie. She gained the votes of all the jury members: Andy, James, Pete, Zoe, Eve, Mick, and Richard. Andy and James voted for Charlotte since she was an ex-Helang member, Pete because he would only vote for Charlotte or Richard after being betrayed, Zoe because Charlotte "grew on her", Eve because she admitted that Charlotte did play a good game, Mick because of how Charlotte answered his questions compared to Jackie, and Richard because he felt Jackie didn't "understand the beauty" of the island and that Charlotte wasn't afraid to be who she was. (7-0)

Series 2 (2002)

Despite the lack of success of the first series, ITV decided to bring back Survivor with some major changes. The second series, known as Survivor: Panama, was filmed on two islands in the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama. It was broadcast from 13 March 2002 to 29 May 2002. The initial tribes were South Island (with a turtle as their mascot) and North Island (with a frog as their mascot).

Contestant Original tribe Merged tribe Finish Votes
Sarah McCombie
22, Financial Trader
South Island
1st Voted Out
Day 4
5
Lee Capon
25, Car Sales Manager
South Island
2nd Voted Out
Day 8
4
Tayfun Kadioglu
27, Professional Latin-American Dancer
North Island
3rd Voted Out
Day 12
5
Meeta Bose
34, Financial Manager
North Island
4th Voted Out
Day 16
5
Helen Carney
22, Hotel Worker
North Island
Columbus
5th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 20
5
Alastair Brogan
34, Oil Company Director
North Island
6th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
4
Drew Agger
27, Firefighter
North Island
7th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 28
4
Dave Porter
55, Retired Firefighter
North Island
8th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 32
4
Bridget Griffiths
43, Shepherdess
South Island
9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 34
9
John Dalzell
32, Former Marine/Law Worker
South Island
10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
2
Susannah Moffatt
27, Teacher
South Island
Runner-Up
6
Jonny Gibb
30, Police Detective
South Island
Sole Survivor
0
Note: Columbus did not have an official tribe color, they simply had a flag resembling the flag of Panama with the frog and turtle replacing the red and blue stars. Purple is used here because it is a combination of the 2 tribe colors.

The Game

Episode Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 North Island Sarah 5-1 1st Voted Out
Day 4
2 North Island Lee 4-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 8
3 South Island Tayfun 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 12
4 South Island Meeta 4-1 4th Voted Out
Day 16
5 Susannah,
Drew
Jonny Helen 4-4 5th Voted Out
Day 20
6 Drew John Alastair 4-3 6th Voted Out
Day 24
7 Jonny,
Drew
Dave Drew 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 28
8 John Jonny Dave 4-1 8th Voted Out
Day 32
9 John,
Jonny,
Susannah
John Bridget 3-1 9th Voted Out
Day 34
Finals Susannah John 1-0 10th Voted Out
Day 36
Reunion Jury Votes Susannah 6-0 Runner Up
Jonny Sole Survivor

Voting history

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 Finale
Eliminated: Sarah
5/6 votes
Lee
4/5 votes
Tayfun
5/6 votes
Meeta
4/5 votes
Helen
4/8 votes
Alastair
4/7 votes
Drew
4/6 votes
Dave
4/5 votes
Bridget
3/4 votes
John
1 vote
Susannah
0/6 votes
Jonny
6/6 votes
Voter Vote
Jonny Sarah Lee Helen Alastair Drew Dave Bridget Jury Vote
Susannah Sarah Lee Helen Alastair Drew Dave Bridget John
John Sarah Lee Helen Alastair Drew Dave Bridget Jonny
Bridget Sarah Lee Helen Alastair Drew Dave Susannah Jonny
Dave Tayfun Meeta Bridget Susannah Susannah Bridget Jonny
Drew Tayfun Meeta Bridget Susannah Susannah Jonny
Alastair Tayfun Meeta Bridget Susannah Jonny
Helen Tayfun Meeta Bridget Jonny
Meeta Tayfun Helen
Tayfun Meeta
Lee Sarah Bridget
Sarah John

Elimination Notes

Following the television portrayal of some of the contestants in the first series, most of those in the second felt that they would prefer to maintain allegiance to their alliances, even at the risk of their future in the game. John, for example, would say after Dave was voted off: "if someone had explained my tactics at the start of the game, then I wouldn't have believed that I would jeopardise such a significant amount of money just for some contract written in the sand four weeks ago with someone I had only met 48 hours previously. But it is how you want to be perceived and how you feel you have played the game."

  • Sarah: The South Island tribe deemed Sarah and Susannah as the weakest members. Although the tribe were disqualified due to Susannah's mistake in the immunity challenge, the tribe agreed to vote Sarah off at her request. (5-1)
  • Lee: Lee was voted off because John, Jonny and Susannah decided that their position was better if they kept Bridget, who was not interested in building alliances and who helped around camp. South Island were only in this position because of John's misjudged showboating when well ahead in the immunity challenge but again someone else paid for the mistake. (4-1)
  • Tayfun: Though Meeta had asked to be voted off if the opportunity arose, Tayfun was voted off because he did not fit in with the rest of his tribe. (5-1)
  • Meeta: Meeta asked to be voted off and North Island agreed to do so. (4-1)
  • N/A: The host announced a tribal council would not take place due to the merge.
  • Helen: The tribes chose to vote for Helen and Bridget following a deal between John, Jonny and Alastair during the immunity challenge. Helen lost to Bridget in the tiebreaker (a quiz about Panama) when the two former tribes voted against each other in two successive votes. (4-4, lost tiebreaker)
  • Alastair: After Helen's elimination, South Island proceeded to pick off the North Island members. Alastair, a physically very strong man was the first victim despite a last-ditch attempt by Drew to put herself forward in his place. (4-3)
  • Drew: South Island's second victim, Drew was seen as a bigger threat than Dave. Jonny voted for her despite a relationship developing between the two of them.(4-2)
  • Dave: South Island's final victim, as well as the final North Island member. Dave failed to win immunity and convince everyone else to vote against Bridget. (4-1)
  • Bridget: After Bridget lost immunity, she was voted off by the long-established alliance of John, Jonny, and Susannah. (3-1)
  • John: Susannah won immunity and held to an agreement that she believed was in place between her and Jonny, even though she believed John was less popular with the jury. (1-0)
  • Susannah: The jury felt she was carried to the final round by John and Jonny, as well as undeserving since she broke a rule at the first immunity challenge. She received significant hostility from the jury as her accent leant some to believe that she was "posh". She received no votes. (0-6)
  • Jonny: The jury saw him as the lesser of the two evils as well as the more deserving player. Jonny gained all the jury member's votes: Helen, Alistair, Drew, Dave, Bridget, and John. Jonny also received an extra vote from the public. Jonny is first and only person to never have a vote played against him in the UK edition of Survivor. (6-0)

Facts

There were several changes in the traditional format. The number of contestants was dropped to twelve, to allow viewers to get to know the cast better. Presenters Mark Austin and John Leslie were dropped in favour of Channel 4 cricket presenter Mark Nicholas. The show also was only broadcast in a once-a-week slot, on Wednesday nights, often at 9:45pm due to live Champions League football airing that night on ITV1. Each episode was split into two parts, a main one hour programme that contained highlights from the days on the island that were featured and a secondary, half-hour programme that aired after an interlude for the news, which featured the latest evicted contestant from the show involved in a private face-to-face interview with Nicholas.

In the fifth episode, the remaining players were merged and then told there would be no immunity this episode. At the Tribal Council they were then told nobody was being voted off that episode and that a vote by the television audience would act as a seventh jury member in the final vote. Other additions included tree mail. Contestants were given a cryptic clue about what the day's challenge would hold for them by producers.

Viewers were also promised that any major action - such as the sex that was edited out of a first series episode - would definitely be shown this year. There was extra footage available to digital viewers. An extra show, Survivor: Raw was shown on ITV2 after the main show had aired. This was presented by last year's winner, Charlotte Hobrough, and Ed Hall. It included extra footage not shown on the main show, discussions, interviews with evictees, phone-ins and emails.

The show was more predictable the second time around, as the contestants decided to stay loyal to each other after tribal merger. The former South Island members successfully voted off all of the remaining North Island members after merger.

The Grand Prize winner, Jonny Gibb, won by a 7-0 vote against Susannah Moffatt. The audience vote was 89% in his favor.

Surprisingly both winners were from the police force. Charlotte being a Detective Constable and Jonny a Police Detective.

Despite the changes, Survivor still received low viewing figures for its second series, largely due to its late timeslot which was criticised by fans whilst media experts believed this was a simple idea by ITV to place the programme into a "graveyard slot" just to fulfill contractual requirements. Subsequently, ITV decided not to bring it back for a third series. This is in stark contrast to the US version which has enjoyed consistent success and popularity.

ITV finally found a successful reality TV show with I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, with many similarities to Survivor, and which received massive ratings in August 2002. The show's similarity in content to Survivor led many viewers (both in the UK and US) to believe that the shows had some licensing agreement, however this was not the case. Legal action was sought by CBS to prevent broadcast in the US however the court ruled against, stating that "Celebrity is different enough from Survivor that CBS would have difficulty prevailing in its underlying copyright infringement suit."

1st series contestant Zoe Lyons, has since become a successful comedienne and has appeared on several BBC radio shows including Clive Anderson's Chat Room (BBC Radio 2), PMQ with Andy Parsons (BBC Radio 4), 4 Stands Up (BBC Radio 4) and The Jon Richardson Show (BBC 6 Music). She has also appeared on the BBC panel show Mock The Week twice.



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