Three stars of The Only Way Is Essex (2010) compete for 1 million yen in "deaf, blind or mute" challenges set before them by the mischievous super-intelligent apes who control the tropical island where this semi-scripted game-show pilot is set.

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Ben Wilson, Nadia White

Writer:

James Donkin (developed by)
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Credited cast:
Togo Igawa ... Japanese Primatologist (voice)
Jessica Ransom ... Maggie (voice) (as Jess Ransom)
James Lock James Lock ... Himself - Contestant
Bobby Cole Norris ... Himself - Contestant (as Bobby Norris)
Yazmin Oukhellou Yazmin Oukhellou ... Herself - Contestant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sivuyile Dunjwa Sivuyile Dunjwa ... Ape
Richard Wright-Firth ... Snowdrop (Ape)
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Three stars of The Only Way Is Essex (2010) compete for 1 million yen in "deaf, blind or mute" challenges set before them by the mischievous super-intelligent apes who control the tropical island where this semi-scripted game-show pilot is set.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2018 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Color
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Connections

References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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I Just Want to Make Love to You
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Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Etta James
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Must see for afficionados of "what even is this" television...
5 September 2018 | by AlfabetaSee all my reviews

This incredibly silly and quite self-aware show is a perfect example of "what even is this" type of television weirdness that anyone who enjoys offbeat high concept TV offerings really does ought to see.

In a semi-scripted Planet of the Apes spoof scenario, three not-too-smart "celeb" reality show contestants (a hot guy, a hot girl and a cowardly comic relief guy) known for their UK reality-TV series "TOWIE" are sent to an island ruled by super-intelligent apes (played by people in surprisingly convincing costumes) who haze them and present them with several "mute, deaf or blind" challenges which are all part on an actual overarching comedic storyline. If they beat the challenges in satisfactory time, they will earn enough time to beat the final puzzle/obstacle course challenge and win 1 million Japanese yen. You see, the mad scientist who created the super-intelligent apes is from Japan, so they use yen. Also, a million yen sound like A LOT more money than what its actual value converted to GB pounds really is.

Now, is this show any good? You've got to be kidding. However, if you think you've seen it all... no, you have not. This is a whole new level of 'what even' television and it is rather fascinating, and yes, even amusing (although mostly in a guilty pleasure kind of sense). Since that's exactly what the producers were going for, you could say they did their job right. Also, the choice of contestants was a real stroke of genius because they react to all the madness that's happening to them in the exact way you, as a producer who wants to make an attention-grabbing reality-TV comedy, would hope for (i.e. the whole bit about the singer Seal was the perfect storm only this contestants in this type of crazy setting could create).

There is only a single (pilot) episode so far, and I really can't imagine that there can ever be more, because it looks pricey as #### (the extensive 80s and 90s classic rock and pop soundtrack alone would easily bankrupt a mid-budget film).


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