NETFLIX is currently delighting audiences with Too Hot To Handle, where a group of gorgeous twentysomethings lounge in paradise.
But the streaming giant’s next reality show will see a gaggle of youngsters taken off into a wilderness which is anything but heavenly.
I can reveal it is making a survival programme which will show a group of moaning millennials just how good they’ve got things.
A TV insider said: “This will make for delicious viewing for all those people who know how difficult life can be beyond the confines of a social media bubble.
“They will be far from home, without any of the luxuries they usually enjoy.
“They certainly won’t be tethered to their mobiles and laptops like they usually would.
“But the overall aim of the show isn’t to punish anyone or be cruel, it’s just intended to be an eye-opening experience which has a distinct feel-good factor.”
The as-yet-untitled show has just finished filming in the depths of the British countryside.
It is likely to air later this year, or early next, and have a similar vibe to Snowflake Mountain, which was being developed by Channel 4.
In it, Ant Middleton would have given a group of youngsters a culture shock in the wilderness, but work was halted before it had even started and Ant has now parted company with C4.
Netflix’s new survival programme promises to be just as gruelling as SAS Who Dares Wins.
I can’t wait for this one.
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APPEARING on Strictly Come Dancing clearly boosted the confidence of Maisie Smith, who seems to think she’s Wonder Woman at a VIP film screening.
The former EastEnders actor certainly put in an impressive performance and finished as a runner-up on the show last year with partner Gorka Marquez.
I wonder if next time we see her she’ll be donning her bullet-deflecting gauntlets and lasso of truth . . .
Get legs lyc Anton
STRICTLY Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke has never shied away from the limelight – but he’s certainly outdone himself by wearing crotch-hugging Lycra shorts for a visit to his local supermarket.
The pro turned judge has revealed how female shoppers were ogling him on a recent shopping trip – and he is now urging other men to follow suit and pull on some skin-tight athletic gear.
Speaking on the Jackie Weaver podcast, he said: “I went to the gym and I went to the supermarket afterwards.
“I went to Waitrose – my supermarket of choice – and I went in my gymnasium attire and it was very well received I have to say.
“I had the mask on and I got my pins out, see.
“So, if you’re not going to go full biffer then pop a short on, certainly a Lycra short.”
Makes you wonder what on earth Anton will be wearing under the desk when he’s judging on Strictly this autumn.
Time for another one, Jim
JIMMY McGovern is already planning a follow-up to his blockbuster prison drama Time.
I can reveal the writer is currently penning a new series about a sex offender, which he hopes will also air on the BBC.
Speaking to the C21 podcast, Jimmy says: “I hope to tell the story of a sex offender, that’s all I can say about it. But I’m finding it very difficult at the minute – I think it’s because I haven’t written for 15 months!”
It’s not thought the new series will be linked to Time, which starred Stephen Graham and Sean Bean and has been a big iPlayer hit.
Jimmy, who also wrote Cracker and Accused, wants to remain loyal to the BBC given its passion for dramas.
One reason he prefers the broadcaster is the fact his episodes are not broken up by adverts. I can see his point.
MISSING episodes of Doctor Who from Patrick Troughton’s stint as the Time Lord are to be released as an animated series on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 27.
The upcoming seven-parter, entitled Evil Of The Daleks, was originally broadcast in 1967.
Laurie’s a Beale believer
EASTENDERS actor Laurie Brett has hinted that her character Jane Beale could return to Walford.
She appeared in the BBC1 soap from 2004 to 2017 but left when Max Branning, played by Jake Wood, forced her out of Walford.
Ever since Jane’s departure, fans have hoped the character would return.
Speaking to Gethin Jones on BBC1’s Morning Live, the former Waterloo Road star said: “Well you know, she’s not dead, so she could come back!
“I’ve never felt that Jane’s story was over and she has so many links to so many people on the Square. If she did go back it would cause absolute mayhem!”
That’s what we like to hear.
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