It’s back – the show where anyone can claim to be anyone as they compete for a grand prize of £100,000.
The dystopian catfishing game pulled in 0.62 million viewers during its finale in 2018, and has since been picked up by Netflix. The format has also been sold for a US remake.
Channel 4 has announced the release date for the new series of The Circle, which will be hosted by Emma Willis.
Here’s everything you need to know about.
When does The Circle launch?
The new series of The Circle will hit the small screen on Tuesday 24 September at 9.15pm.
The 75-minute season premiere will be broadcast live on Channel 4. It will then be on every night at 10pm until the game comes to an end. There will also be a live show on Friday that is 90 minutes long.
Who will appear on the show?
The first contestants of this year’s series are yet to be revealed. As in the show last year, players will join The Circle as via the social media platform as the show progresses.
How does the show work?
During the show, “players” move to a refurbished block of flats in London where they live for the duration of the series.
Each of the contestants lives by themselves, and can communicate with each other via their social media profiles on platform The Circle.
This allows them to portray themselves as anyone, or in anyway, they want to.
Most of the players in the 2018 series decided to be honest with the other contestants, although some of them did catfish the others by altering their ages, what they did for a living, or even pretending to be an entirely fabricated character.
— The Circle (@C4TheCircle) September 11, 2019
The players are then asked to rank each other out of five, before their cumulative scores are listed as averages from highest to lowest.
The top two players become “influencers” while the others face the prospect of being “blocked” and eliminated from the competition.
The final showdown sees contestants rank each other one last time, and the highest ranked player wins.
The viewers at home are also asked to select their winner.
Who won the last series of The Circle?
The first series was won by Alex Hobern, a 26-year-old internet comedian, who joined The Circle claiming to be a 25-year-old woman called Kate. He used pictures of his actual girlfriend, Millie, to deceive the other players.
— The Circle (@C4TheCircle) October 8, 2018
Who will host the show?
Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis will take over from Maya Jama and Alice Levine to host the second series, which will run for an extended period and feature a live show on Fridays.
The live broadcasts will give viewers at home a chance to twist the plot and change the narrative direction of the game.
“I’m an avid people watcher and fascinated by the positives and negatives of social media,” Willis said in a statement on her new role.
“I got hooked on the first series and thought it was a smart format that highlights how we shouldn’t take everything on social media at face value.
“I’m delighted to be part of something that is incredibly relevant and can’t wait to join the team and see how mischievous people are prepared to be for £100,000.”Read More