Flood of Castaway applications rises to 14,000

The makers of the BBC's Castaway programme have been inundated with more than 14,000 applications from people wanting to take part in the next series.

The makers of the BBC's Castaway programme have been inundated with more than 14,000 applications from people wanting to take part in the next series.

The thousands of e-mails flooded into the show after they advertised for a new set of volunteers to take part in the experiment.

Plans are currently under way for the new series, which will feature a different location, possibly a desert island, and will only last for around five weeks.

Castaway 2000 saw 36 people marooned on the remote Hebridean island of Taransay for 12 months. Viewers saw how they coped with the rigours of life on the island and how their relationships with others developed.

Last week, the series came to an end and the Castaways returned home to begin adjusting to their normal lives.

Executive producer Jeremy Mills said there were so many requests for application forms that their system almost ground to a halt. Now a team of researchers is preparing to sift through the applicants to find the new Castaways.

Details of how the next series will operate are being kept under wraps but Mr Mills said the format would be much the same.

He said: "We will be taking people out of their normal lives into an extraordinary situation of some sort so that they face aspects of life which are important.

"Castaway 2000 was about community living, what luxuries were important and how one achieves job satisfaction. The next series is going to be about different aspects of life but we are not going to tell them what to expect."

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