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​'Shipwrecked' Is Reportedly Coming Back And It's The Best News Ever

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​'Shipwrecked' Is Reportedly Coming Back And It's The Best News Ever

Anyone who remembers tropical Channel 4 reality series Shipwrecked will know that the news of its possible return is BIG. Like, huge. Because it was bloody great.

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Long before the days of Love Island, The Island With Bear Grylls and the like, the series began way back in 2000 as some sun-soaked escapism for both contestants and viewers - throwing a group of young Brits onto an unknown island in the middle of nowhere.

Cue squabbles, sex, tan lines, lamb tongues and more. It was genius. That Destiny track by Zero 7 that opened each episode still gives me tingles.

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The original show ran for three series until late 2001, before a reboot in 2006 brought a new 'battle of the islands' format that saw rival tribes beat it out to take home a huge cash prize.

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

The programme's second lease of life may not have been as good as its predecessor, but it was still a solid watch, and plunged Shipwrecked into being a T4 staple.

The programme went back to a final 'back to basics' edition on E4 back in 2012, before finally wrapping after eight series.

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Well, according to The Sun, bosses have earmarked a return for the programme in 2019, inspired by the success of ITV hit Love Island.

A TV insider told the Sun: "Lots of people have fond memories of watching Shipwrecked in their youth and dreaming about joining the fun in paradise.

"Now Channel 4 have decided to give millennials the same experience, after Love Island proved sun-kissed hunks and beauties frolicking in a tropical setting can result in huge ratings.

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4
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"While there have been similar shows recently, like The Island and Mission Survive, they are all about making people miserable by forcing them to fight for their lives in the wild.

"On Shipwrecked, the biggest hardship the castaways faced was getting tan lines. It should go down well with the snowflake generation."

The show proved so popular that it even launched the careers of several well-known British television personalities, including Jeff Brazier, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Celebrity Big Brother's Stephen Bear.

If the rumours are true, it'll be interesting to see what format show bosses go for when it comes to the grand return. Will they go old school with the original style, giving us the nostalgia that we all want? Or will they adopt the 'battle of the islands' style to appeal to our insatiable hunger for competitive TV?

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Or maybe they'll try out something entirely new...

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Topics: UK News, UK Entertainment, Love Island, TV, UK, Channel 4

Jess Hardiman
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