Shipwrecked 2019 will have a number of queer contestants

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Channel 4’s rebooted Shipwrecked is set to return for the first time for almost 7 years and it is going to be much more LGBT-inclusive than we used to know it before. Nine castaways will head to two islands in the South Pacific and be split into two tribes, the Sharks and Tigers, to battle out for a £50,000 cash prize. Three of the nine contestants are gay – Chris Jammer, Kush Khanna and Casey. Other contestants on the revived show include model Harry Goodwins, part-time wig maker Tula Fazakerley and social media influencer Hollie Hobin. The rest of them is not revealed, so we don’t know whether they are queer or not but the fact that one in three contestants is gay is already a big win in the battle for the LGBT representation on the major TV. Shipwrecked originally ran for three series from December 1999 to December 2001. It returned for a further four series from January 2006 to May 2009 in a new format called Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands, and for another season known as Shipwrecked: The Island in 2011. The 2019 show will use the Battle of the Islands format.

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