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BBC’s ‘Castaway’ set for stateside bow

Brit 'Survivor'-style skein has same rules but no prize money

As “Survivor” dangles treasure before its castaways in exchange for filming their grueling experiences, a British series set to bow Stateside on BBC America has a group doing it for free.

Bowing Sept. 11, “Castaway” will follow the adventures of 36 people who have volunteered to live on an otherwise uninhabited Scottish island for a year. While comparable to “Survivor,” “Castaway” will depict its participants’ interactions under stress without culminating in the winning of prize money.

Series will air in seven-episode, four-day blocks throughout the year and in early 2001. Lion Scotland produces the show for the BBC.

The first block of seven shows, which aired on BBC1 in January, drew about 8 million viewers, making “Castaway” one of the highest-rated programs on the channel.

BBC America is distributed by Discovery Networks.

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