Late last year I saw the trailers for an endurance show where the contestants had to stay awake for a whole week with the winner collecting £100,000 . Having endured many a sleepless week due to pond life neighbours I knew what was involved and didn`t begrudge the future winner a single penny but did feel very sympathetic towards the other people who would have to stay awake for a whole week and not get a penny . Boy were their lives gonna be a living hell , a literal waking nightmare . There`s no way I was going to volunteer for this show because I`d experienced it myself and still have nightmares about it but there`s no way I was going to not watch it either
So SHATTERED was broadcast at the start of January and the contestants were introduced . As with all these shows most of the contestants were all middle class 20 somethings with full heads of hair , perfect teeth and happy go lucky personalities which meant right away I was going to dislike them , great because I was going to see them suffer . Presenter Dermot O Leary pointed out they`d not been to bed for the last 36 hours and were tasked to putting peas into a large jar one by one then after they`d done that mind numbing concentration sapping task they had to guess how many peas they`d put into the jar with the person making the least accurate guess being eliminated . So far so good but what was actually revealed by the second day of this contest is that the contestants are allowed TWO HOURS SLEEP EACH DAY ! This was never pointed out in the application trailers , it was also never pointed out in the production trailers and it was very very downplayed during the show`s broadcast . It`s is possible to do tasks over a limited period on two hours sleep a day and staying awake for seven days on two hours sleep a day is entirely different from staying awake for seven consecutive days with no sleep whatsoever . Despite all the hype this show is something of a fraud and I hope the format is never brought back
Just for the record SHATTERED was won by a young trainee police woman . I had my money on the shrink winning since most young doctors are used to going without sleep . In fact two hours of sleep a day is something of a long lie in for many of them
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