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FIRST LOOK The Circle 2019

With The Circle about to return for what promises to be a bigger and better series, today Channel 4 have released the first trailer which sees new host Emma Willis like you've never seen her before.

The ground-breaking game is returning to Channel 4 this autumn with an extended run and weekly live episodes which will give viewers at home the chance to influence the narrative in The Circle in different dramatic ways via the show’s bespoke app.

On air from today, the promo shows Emma shapeshifting into an array of guises showing that anyone can be anyone in The Circle. These characters include a ‘more mature’ grey-haired Emma; a ‘daring’ tattooed Emma; and a bearded male Emma.

When Emma was revealed as the new host of The Circle, taking over from Maya Jama and Alice Levine, she said "I’m an avid people watcher and fascinated by the positives and negatives of social media. I got hooked on the first series and thought it was a smart format that highlights how we shouldn’t take everything on social media at face value."

“I’m delighted to be part of something that is incredibly relevant and can’t wait to join the team and see how mischievous people are prepared to be for £100,000.”

The Circle is a popularity game where anyone can be anyone. Players can choose to be whomever they think will make them most popular with other players.

They don’t get to know each other face-to-face, meeting each other through the profiles they choose to share through The Circle (a purpose-built, voice activated social media site) and the information they release via chats.

The players live in separate apartments in a single building and play games and chat with each other through The Circle. They rate each other frequently and unpopular players are blocked. Once blocked, and before leaving the show, the eliminated players will get to meet other players in person for the first time.

Ultimately, the most popular player at the end of the series wins a cash prize and last year, contestant Alex Hobern won £75,000 catfishing as ‘Kate’.

Alongside the new promo, Channel 4 have released these new images of Emma Willis to promote the new series...

The Circle proved very popular with younger viewers who were fond of the programme's format and unique take on the reality TV genre. The series became Channel 4’s youngest profiling show since 2012 with an average of 49.4% profile of 16-24s. And on All 4, The Circle was the biggest new original commission launch since 2012, with over 10 million views.

The Circle returns soon on Channel 4


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