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U.K. web Channel 4 hopes to boost its green credentials and win ratings with a reality skein emphasizing recycling in which 10 Brits attempt to live on a dump for three weeks.

The trash-challenge “Dumped,” involves the 10 having to exist entirely on stuff from other people’s junk.

Everything they eat, wear, shelter under or use — including a TV — will have to come from the trash.

Andrew Mackenzie, commissioning editor, factual entertainment, said: “Some of the tasks may be pretty gross, but in compensation, the participants will find that even the finer things of life can be catered for — with the perfectly useable luxury goods that get thrown away.”

The spring season features two new U.S. shows, “Brothers & Sisters” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Homegrown fare includes Iraq war drama “The Mark of Cain,” written by noted Brit TV dramatist Tony Marchant, and “Wedding Belles,” a black comedy created by Irvine Welsh of “Trainspotting” fame and screenwriter Dean Cavanagh.

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