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Channel 4 is inviting indies to pitch for a ‘9pm blockbuster reality show’ as it hunts the successor to shows such as The Island and Hunted.

The broadcaster will dip into its £30m Global Format Fund for “a big, bold reality show with a provocative top line idea at its heart” and is looking for “truly original and untapped” precincts in which it can be set.

The call comes in the wake of C4 axing its high-concept reality show The Circle, which it played primarily at 10pm. The Studio Lambert show spawned a celebrity variant; C4 said this time it was keen to feature celebrities to maximise broad appeal, it is open to “compelling civilian casts”.

C4 said it wants “a formatted show with eliminations, winners and losers” rather than “open-ended social experiments” – with “layered narratives, must-watch dramatic moments and surprising comedy”.

Head of entertainment Phil Harris and fact-ent head Alf Lawrie, who looks after the fund, will weigh up submissions, which are due by 2 July.

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