Castaways (ABC) – Premieres 7th August
A survival show presented under the guise of a social experiment. This has 12 people dropped off across an island chain in the Pacific, where they can make the decision to survive alone, or to try and find the other people before the time they are “rescued”.
As each of the people reach the shore of the island they have been dropped off at, they discover that the luggage they find in the area belongs to someone else. All of which have journals inside that they can read to find out about the owner. Along with the luggage throughout the area are partially made shelters and tools that they can use use to help with their survival.
The show flits between the people as they talk about their home life, where it shows footage of them before they left. And where they talk about why they wanted to partake in the challenge, and what they hope to achieve from it. Before following them as make a decision whether or not to find the others.
As survivals programmes go, it is a more entertaining watch than Ultimate Ninja Challenge. But with the focus on the persons emotional development and constant cut backs to footage of them doing their real life stuff, it does make the show plod along at a pace where you start to lose interest.