”Eden:Paradise Lost” on Channel 4- Reality TV

 

The cast of the show Eden:Paradise Lost/ Photo credits:Channel 4

     ”Eden:Paradise Lost” is a documentary,more precisely a social experiment in form of a television series which was originally broadcast on 8th August 2017 at 10 pm.According to the Channel 4 remit,which could be split in four main categories,namely “to champion unheard stories,to innovate and to take creative risks,to inspire change in the way we lead our lives and to stand up for diversity across the UK.” (Channel 4,2017),this reality television show suits the programme because its whole psilosophy revolves around the question “What if we could start again?”, so “Channel 4 executives could have been forgiven for wondering the same.” (The Guardian,2017) The timeslot seems appropriate for an older audience,considering that the show involves a strong language and even animal slaughter during some episodes.

    The name of the show could have multiple connotations,yet the concept of it resembles a lot with the Eden of the first people on Earth,Adam and Eve,who did not have anything apart rom the guidance of God.

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Adam and Eve in Eden /Photo taken from RadioTimes.com

    However,the cast of the show were left with nothing and with no one to rely on other than themselves and their own powers.For an entire year,23 men and women chose to embark on the mission to build a new society from scratch in a remote corner of northern Scotland and to showcase a revolutionary way of living away from the modern world.The emphasis on their road to survival,the emotions that they constantly put on display,their own personal fears that they have to overcome,as well as the team work between them in order to accomplish their purpose were meant to keep the audience’s suspense and curiosity.Contrary to everyone’s initial belief,”The series launched with four hour-long episodes on Channel 4 in summer 2016, but then nothing.Eden entirely vanished from the schedules while the contestants continued to survive–rather than thrive–completely unaware that they were left stranded without an audience.” (RadioTimes,2017) Moreover,one of the main reasons was represented by the low viewing figures “Eden was pulled from screens after racking up rating highs of just 800,000 viewers.” (Daily Mail Online,2017) and it suddenly “descended into a mess of bullying, misogyny and fistfights.”(The Herald,2017)

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Ardnamurchan peninsula on Scotland’s west coast where “Eden:Paradise Lost” was filmed/ Photo taken from RadioTimes.com

    By the time 2016 was over,only ten contestants remained out in the wilderness.As a result,”Eden:Paradise Lost” was born and it “will show how their story unfolded across five nights.” (RadioTimes,2017) The new show suffered some alterations compared with the previous one,particularly “Eden: Paradise Lost is darker, though, largely because the 10 people who stuck it out to the end gave a whole year of their lives to what they thought would be a demonstration of resilience, a back-to-basics examination of what it means to live without the trappings of the modern world.”(The Guardian,2017) Also,Ian Dunkley,the broadcaster’s commissioning editor,believed it will bring “a Lord of the Flies-type narrative that will draw in viewers”.(RadioTimes,2017)

    Surprisingly enough,Channel 4 didn’t see this necessarily as a failure,as the series producer Liz Foley considered it a success,mainly because “we didn’t manipulate the story, we just filmed events as they unfolded. Whether the society that evolved is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not for me to judge, but there was a community built and some amazing, lifelong friendships made, so as a social experiment it worked.”(RadioTimes,2017)

 

REFERENCES:

  1. Channel4.com. (2017). Channel 4’s remit | C4 Corporate. [online] Available at: https://www.channel4.com/corporate/about-4/what-we-do/channel-4s-remit [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  2. Tate, G. (2017). Bullying, cliques and fistfights: secrets from Eden, the reality show that nobody watched. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/04/eden-paradise-lost-reality-show-nobody-watched [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  3.  Harrison, E. (2017). What is Eden on Channel 4 and why is everyone talking about it?. [online] Radio Times. Available at: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-08-07/what-is-eden-on-channel-4-and-why-is-everyone-talking-about-it/ [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  4. Mail Online. (2017). Eden contestants WALK OUT out of the show after one breaks the rules. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4768292/Eden-contestants-walk-Channel-4-reality-TV-show.html [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  5. HeraldScotland. (2017). Paradise lost: how reality TV show Eden was cast into darkness. [online] Available at: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15456341.Paradise_lost__how_reality_TV_show_Eden_was_cast_into_darkness/ [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  6. Nicholson, R. (2017). Eden: Paradise Lost review – not quite a Lord-of-the-Flies descent into carnage. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/08/eden-paradise-lost-review-not-lord-of-the-flies-carnage#img-1 [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].
  7. nightmare, E. (2017). Eden on Channel 4: The social experiment that began with a dream but ended in a nightmare. [online] Radio Times. Available at: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-08-07/eden-on-channel-4-the-social-experiment-that-began-with-a-dream-but-ended-in-a-nightmare/ [Accessed 14 Oct. 2017].

 

 

 

 

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The pursuit of happiness

At the end of this challenging,yet indeed rewarding year that flew more quickly than I could comprehend,I choose to reflect upon myself and my most beloved treasures.

Looking in retrospective,I believe that this year brought me more than I could ever hoped for.I laughed a lot.I cried.I smiled.I loved deeply.I cared.I won.I learned.I did.I achieved.I lived.There is nothing more gratifying than simply acknowledging all the emotions that have enveloped me,that I have felt with such an intensity,as well as that have been a part of me during all the encounters I had this year.To feel whatever I felt the need to,without any constraint,remains one of the best feelings in the world.To be able to express myself in order to find answers to whatever I was looking for on my own is the greatest way to know,discover and love myself more each day.Still,I am incredibly overhelmed by every single thing,experience,lesson and blessing that I have the power to count.Regardless of its nature,each moment was different and was meant to made me feel something.That something made me evolve,think further and broaden my horizons in ways that I didn’t even dare to think about before.

You see,if is one thing that I don’t believe in,that is coincidences.Thefore,I am aware that everything that I have been through,both good and less good,was destined for me and was something that I could handle.Better or worse,time had told or had showed me.Either way,reflecting upon this,I do not think that my sorrows or bad times didn’t play a massive part in my self-development process.I like to see them as essential pages,without this chapter couldn’t be truly complete or without I couldn’t treasure and acknowledge my happiness entirely afterwards.

As this year slowly draws to a nostalgic close,I feel the need to express my pure emotions towards everything I have obtained,as well as I have lost,every memory that I am filled with in my heart and soul,every person that I have met and  that have managed to change me in ways I couldn’t imagined.I could not wrap my mind on how I have all these people by my side and all the loving memories to hold onto and to treasure deeply.

I feel a better,happier and the richest person here just by thinking that my life had and will always have the same pursuit that will continue to guide me faithfully throughout this crazy journey-happiness.

May this new year lead you to discover your own pursuit and to never,ever give up on anything that makes your heart race.That’s what life is all about.

 

The power of thank you’s

    Saying that you made it is easy.Saying that you feel content for what you achieved is easier,even if you don’t feel like it for real.Saying that everything is yours to deserve might be the easiest thing to do.However,saying a mere “thank you”,from the bottom of your heart,to the ones who helped you along the way,who stood by you day by day,who simply were there,may not be that easy to say it out loud.The question that left me wondering is why?

     It is said that the best kind of people come in your life unexpectedly,at the time when you were left hopeless,lonely,in need of guidance,perhaps when your soul wasn’t completely happy.They manage to sneak into your life,to steal your heart and to never give it back to you.In a short period of time,these people prove to you what older friends couldn’t or didn’t even want to.That is a real friendship based on love,trustworthiness and honesty.The moral qualities that you have searched in so many,but have found only in a few.When you come across these kind of people,I want to tell you just one thing:keep them.Keep them with all you have got.Don’t make your life all about them,but make your life happier by being and growing together.Moreover,thank them.For every little thing.Thank your friend,your lover,your beautiful mom,your dad,your annoying sibling,even a random stranger that made your day,your neighbor.There is always someone or something that you have to be thankful for simply making a difference.You just have to acknowledge their importance into your life and start cherising every moment deeply.Right now.Trust me,you do not know when it is over.

     During my years through life,I have come to realize that gratitude represents the essence of happiness.The more grateful you are,the happier and lighter you become.There is no bigger satisfaction than being surrounded by the ones you love and the best way to cherish them is to show them your gratitude towards every single thing,big or small,that they do for you.You can do no wrong by expressing sincerely and out in the open your inner feelings and more importantly,proving them to the ones you truly care about.

    Taking into consideration what I’ve just rambled about,I believe so much in the unspoken power of a “thank you”.I believe in people and the raw way of healing one another through love.I am sure that even if you don’t realize at times,for most of them,a mere “thank you” does wonders because it shows that their efforts,commitment,love and appreciation towards you never go unnoticed.

   Earnestly,it is the simplest and easiest way to spread your love,your kidness,your emotions and the safest way to ensure the joy of tomorrow.Everything that you have,that you achieve,that you represent is a team work between you and your soul people.Let’s not take a single person in life for granted,either if they are a blessing or a lesson.So just say,from the bottom of your heart,”thank you”,as often and as loud as you can.Do it.

 

My dear 18

        Last week,I turned 18. Some may assume it is just an usual age that I have to go through,or that I’m just slightly older,yet,in all honesty,I’ve never felt so good.So full of love,joy,strength and elation for what is to come next,for the future which is slowly,but surely shaping into my present.

         I cannot lie and tell you that I’m not quite nostalgic about the outstanding power of time and the incredibly fast way it flies,without any questions for our humble human condition,whether or not we are ready to reach the next step in our lives.Nothing prepares us for what are we going to receive,live or feel.Perhaps that is why life itself is a mistery,an unique journey into the unknown,with nothing such as maps,instructions or backways.All you have is you on this one-way road.You are everything that matters.

        However,I like to believe that whatever life has in store for us,it would be so much better than we have ever possibly imagined.That is exactly what happened to me.

      Reaching the age of 18 years old and officially entering the “adulthood”,I must confess that although I look the same,I feel the same way about my life,about myself,I am filled with so much more positive energy,love,trust in my own fierceness and faith that give me so much power to look forward to living my beautiful life to the fullest.I may be a little bit sad about growing up so quickly,yet I know that every chapter of my life means more valuable memories and experiences to hold onto and treasure deeply.I am surrounded by a few,yet extremely precious people who makes me feel every day like I am the luckiest girl alive.Earnestly speaking,I feel blessed and filled with such a strong sense of contentment and pure joy just by thinking about that.It’s surreal.

   What I am trying to highlight is that every single age comes with something thrilling,new,fascinating and brings us so many incredible things that we cannot even realize at time,such as wisdom,maturity,more power of understanding and perception,as well as  love for your inner self,with whom you have made it through it all.It is indeed crazy how time is running,yet I love to believe that we become richer in thoughts,happiness,memories and knowledge only by growing up,constantly evolving,improving ourselves and discovering the breathtaking beauty the world truly holds.There is nothing more gratifying that living the moment with the most intensity and knowing that everything that it is destined for you,whether it is a person,a situation or a thing,will eventually find its way into your life,one way or another,under the most unpredictable circumstances.Either way,let it be.Let everything come to you naturally.

   All that it takes to be happy is to live gracefully,to love deeply,with all of your being,without expecting anything in return,to spread kidness and to know within yourself that you deserve the greatest things in the world if you wholeheartedly believe in your own self.

    Oh,and as a little gift for you,I am going to post some photos from me and my brother’s super sweet 18’s birthday party,where I realized that every moment spent with your beloved ones is absolutely worth a lifetime.

 

Things I love

  1. The sound of rain 
  2. Falling stars
  3. People smilling 
  4. Everything related to chocolate
  5. The pure soul and undying love of animals
  6. The raw side of humans
  7. Getting my passport stamped 
  8. Changes
  9. Staying up late reading books
  10. Dancing 
  11. Making someone laugh 
  12. Seeing rainbows
  13. The feeling of satisfaction and joy while achieving my goals
  14. My loving bed
  15. My fridge
  16. Enthralling photos that speak to me in some way
  17. Wandering through old museums
  18. Music festivals 
  19. My flaws
  20. Living the moment 
  21. Taking naps
  22. Fulfilling my wanderlust addiction
  23. Honesty
  24. Spreading kindness,love and hope
  25. Writing in my diary 
  26. Being a source of inspiration
  27.  Unravelling the beauty beneath the simplest things
  28. Endless nights in good company 
  29. Going on spontaneous trip
  30. Cozy places

Why I write?

  Since I stumbled upon “The Everyday Inspiration” course by random these past few days,I decided that it is an ideal opportunity for myself to increase my writing skills and build up my confidence by sharing my stories and seeing where my imagination is going to take me throughout this quite interesting challenge.So,what better way to discover more of myself than to join and give the best that I’ve got?

  Day 1 comes with a pretty classic,yet still unconventional question that I find quite essential in our inner development as bloggers,because it is the kind of question that have endless answers,countless stories to relate to,thus different perspectives for each and every one of us.Seems easy to say it out loud,yet difficult to actually think about it in its complicated entirety.The way we perceive the act itself of writing and we set our goals for what is to come next in the future say a lot about our capacities,as well as the abilities to organize our blogs and to evolve,because I see writing as a way to connect spiritually and emotionally with yourself,as well as with other fellow bloggers.

  Hitherto,I’ve been dancing with the words and ideas wrapped up in my head throughout my several posts,which managed to give me so much pride,joy and satisfaction to my own self since the very first one I’ve published,in such a short time.But do you want to know why? Because of you.My readers.The ones who,through such a mere appreciation,good wish or kind thought brought me so many wonderful feelings,a too enthusiastic heart and an incredible trust in my gift.That is still mind-blowing to me and I am forever grateful for doing what I love and constantly evolving into a better and happier person.

  Thefore,to be able to answer thruthfully to the main question “Why do I write?” ,I would say it is because I strive to make a difference.I strive to be that positive thought that could make someone’s day a little better and smile larger,merely because we ought to help,encourage and spread our lessons,bright ideas,kindness and guilty pleasures to those around us every single day.

  Fact is,my greatest purpose by expressing and opening up my soul here is and will always remain the one which tells me that I could make somebody happy.I could make someone cry.Hell,I could be someone’s source of inspiration.I could make a difference in someone’s daily thoughts,feelings or brighten up their days.I could have the power to evoke some pure,authentic feelings through my words.My own pieces could have a positive impact over someone’s mind and soul.These thoughts literally make my heart warm,steady,excited and keep me going on the right track,because I am a believer in the good of everything.I believe in people,especially,and the raw way of healing one another by sticking together,loving and empowering each other through it all.

   I reach after to inspire,to learn,to discover,to grow and to believe in what it is mine,while being inspired and touched by the ones around me.