Channel 4 has renewed their reality game-show The Circle for a second season. The broadcaster has ordered an “expanded” second season that will include a weekly live episode.
The official pick up comes after the first season ranked as Channel 4’s youngest profiling show since 2012, with an average of 49.4% profile of 16-24s; and the biggest new original commission launch since 2012, with over 10 million views. Netflix also recently boarded the format and ordered three international versions.
The Circle follows players who communicate via a social network. Contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and play games and chat with each other through a unique voice-activated social media platform, called The Circle. They rate each other frequently, unpopular players are ‘blocked’ and ultimately the most popular player wins a cash prize. It is produced by Studio Lambert North and Motion Content Group, with Tim Harcourt, Darrell Olsen, Daisy Lilley, Toni Ireland and Martin Oxley serving as the executive producers.
The show’s second season will will see The Circle become more mischievous increasing the gameplay, drama and jeopardy. Viewers will also be given greater control and increased interactivity with the game. They will be able to influence how the contestants play – leading to unexpected and surprising consequences. The Circle was commissioned by Channel 4’s Deputy Director of Programmes and Head of Popular Factual Kelly Webb-Lamb and Channel 4’s Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor Gilly Greenslade.
“It was a genuine risk to take on such an innovative new reality format, but The Circle absolutely struck a chord with young viewers who were utterly gripped by the drama and relationships that unfolded on screen – even though the players never met”, Kelly Webb-Lamb said in a statement. “The second series will have more of what the viewers loved – warmth, humour, more live elements and even more surprises. I’m excited to see how it will build on the success of series one.”
While Studio Lambert Creative Director Tim Harcourt added: “We were blown away by the love on social media for our entertaining cast and the nightly drama of the show. This year we have some thrilling twists and turns in both our casting and the gameplay. We will also have a weekly live show that offers our audience more chance to engage and make a big impact on the narrative.”