Alone Set for U.K. Version on Channel 4


Channel 4 has commissioned the ITV Studios company The Garden to make the first U.K. iteration of the international survival series Alone.

The six-part series will see ten contestants dropped into the remote Northern Canadian wilderness, where each must survive entirely alone. Equipped with only a handful of basic tools, they must film their adventure themselves while battling the elements, isolation and the wild. The last contestant standing wins £100,000 ($120,000).

Distributed by A+E Networks, Alone is now in its ninth season on the History Channel in the U.S. and is successful in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and globally on Netflix. A new series is in production in Australia. This marks the first time the format has come to the U.K. and the first time it has been made with a U.K. cast.

Ian Dunkley, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “In one of the most inhospitable locations on Earth, the cast will not only have to battle the elements and hostile wildlife but also themselves, facing adversity with no camera crew, no producers and no catering trucks on standby. It will provide a fascinating insight into the human spirit and what it takes to survive against all the odds.”

Executive producer Rachel Bloomfield added: “Alone is the most real and raw survival series on television. Ten ordinary people will go on an extraordinary adventure. We hope what will begin as a bare-knuckle survival challenge will go on to reveal itself as a complex and beautifully layered series—an examination of self and soul, as well as outdoors skills.”

Robyn Hurd, VP of international content sales for EMEA for A+E Networks, said: “A+E Networks is proud to be the worldwide distributor of Alone, the ultimate survival show that succeeds across cultures and territories with its stripped back, minimal production style and cast of everyday contestants challenged with becoming extraordinary survivalists. We’re delighted to be working with The Garden on this version, and Channel 4 will be the perfect U.K. home.”