The Circle – Channel 4’s new Big Brother-esque reality show explained

The Circle – Channel 4’s new Big Brother-esque reality show explained
The Circle is TV's newest reality TV show (Photo: Channel 4)

Channel 4’s new reality TV show The Circle is billed as the ‘ultimate popularity contest’ – and the winner could walk away with up to £50,000.

But there’s a twist – the contestants will only communicate with each other online.

Sound intriguing? Here’s all you need to know about The Circle…

When time is The Circle on TV?

The Circle begins tonight (Tuesday, September 18) at 9.15pm on Channel 4.

It will run for three weeks.

Who are the presenters?

The series will be led by presenting pair Maya Jama and Alice Levine.

What’s the show about?

The Circle is an ambitious new TV factual entertainment series, where contestants compete against each other to be deemed the most popular.

There is a maximum £50k prize up for grabs for the most popular contestant at the end of the competition.

The Circle’s presenting duo Alice Levine, pictured left, and Maya Jama, right (Photo: Channel 4)

Contestants will all live in one modern block but separately in individual apartments, interacting with one another exclusively through a bespoke voice-activated social media platform, called The Circle.

What are the rules?

Communicating as a group or individually, cliques will form and private allegiances will be made as players rate each other based purely what is in their profiles.

The twist is they will never really know if the information they have is the whole truth, or a persona that’s been created to try and win.

Whoever is liked the least runs the risk of being “blocked” and removed.

Only when someone is “blocked” will the other players be given the chance to finally find out who they have been interacting with, as they will come face to face for the first time.