Lost (game show)

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Lost is a reality television show screened in the United States and United Kingdom in late 2001. It was a game show in a race format where teams raced around the world with few or no resources.

Premise[edit]

The premise was similar to The Amazing Race, except the three two-member teams knew only the final destination (thousands of miles away) and were given only a backpack full of clothes and other essentials. In addition, team members were not acquainted with one another prior to the show, and were assigned to teams. Contestants were blindfolded and dropped off with a single camera person in a remote location of an unknown country to find their way back to their home country.

U.S. version[edit]

Lost (U.S.)
StarringCarla Antonino
Dan Wells
Laurie Zink
Joe Gulla
Narrated byAl Trautwig
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producersDavid Dugan
Nancy Stern
Running time60 min.
Production companiesConaco
NBC Studios
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 4 (2001-09-04) –
December 30, 2001 (2001-12-30)
External links
Website

The U.S. version of the show was produced by Conaco, a production company owned by Conan O'Brien. Sports broadcaster Al Trautwig was the narrator.

First drop-off: Carla and Lando- winners

Celeste and Tami- second place

Courtland and Joe- dropped out/didn't complete

Contestants:

Carla, 29, make-up artist, Stoughton, MA

Celeste, 29, Fashion Designer, Los Angeles, CA

Courtland, 29, painting contractor, Foxboro, MA

Lando, 24, Student/waiter, Nashville, TN

Joe, 36, Graphic Designer, San Jose, CA

Tami, 36, Married mother of four and part-time interior designer, Piedmont, CA




Second drop-off: Dan and Laurie-winners

Fred and Bob

Donna and Veronica

Contestants:

Bob, 59, Ex-police officer

Dan, 27, Investment Banker

Donna, 29, Waitress

Fred, 22, College Student

Laurie, 22, Recent college grad, California

Veronica, 41, Business Owner



Format[edit]

Teams were given no money until they managed to figure out what country they were in. During the first set, the teams were abandoned in Mongolia. In the second set, the teams were abandoned in Bolivia. It was revealed in the second set that there was more to the show than just getting to the destination. The contestants had to go back via a particular island, making the quest more arbitrary. The first team to reach the U.S. finish line at the Statue of Liberty in New York City would split U.S. $200,000.[1]

Broadcast[edit]

With the show premiering to dismal ratings, only two of the three sets of three episodes were produced; NBC blamed the lackluster numbers on the show debuting just before the September 11, 2001, attacks. The first set debuted on September 4, 2001. The winners from the first set were announced on the final episode, airing a week later than scheduled (due to the 9/11 attacks pre-empting the airing of the second episode). While the second set was set to debut the next week, NBC put the show on hiatus. On December 23, 2001, the second set of episodes began airing on NBC in a new 7:00 p.m. ET Sunday timeslot. Although the final two episodes of the second set were initially scheduled to air in a two-hour block the following week, NBC decided to skip the second episode of the set, and only aired the final episode in a one-hour timeslot, due to the previous episode having one of the lowest ratings in the network's history.[citation needed]

The series debuted the night before The Amazing Race on rival CBS.

UK version[edit]

Lost (UK)
Narrated byMat Fraser
Theme music composerDaniel Pemberton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producerDavid Dugan
ProducerRobert Davis
Running time30 minutes
Production companyWindfall Films
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release1 October (2001-10-01) –
31 October 2001 (2001-10-31)

The UK version of the show was produced for Channel 4 by Windfall Films, and shown in October 2001. In the UK the show was narrated by Mat Fraser.[2]

Format[edit]

Five sets of three episodes were broadcast in which teams were abandoned in the Solovetsky Islands in Northwest Russia, Mali in West Africa near Timbuktu, near Mount Roraima in Venezuela, the province of Quebec in Canada, and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. The UK teams had to race back to Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, except in the final race from Azerbaijan, where the destination was the Angel of the North statue in Gateshead. The first team to arrive at the destination in each race won a prize of £5,000. The winning team from each race was brought back to compete again the following week as returning champions. They compete against two new teams. A 320-paged book detailing the series, written by Nikki Arend (wife of producer Robert Davis), accompanied the series.[3]

Each team member and camera person was provided at the start with three days' food and water and a small amount of money. In the first two races the participants were given U.S. $200 cash each. For the third race from Venezuela the funds were in the form of an amount of gold and uncut diamonds roughly equivalent to £150. In the fourth race the cash was reduced to U.S. $150. For the final race from Azerbaijan the funds were reduced again, to only $80.

Episodes[edit]

1 to 3[edit]

DROP 1: Anzer, one of the Solovetsky islands in Russia, making up the Solovki archipelago in the White Sea, 150km from the Arctic Circle. Their final destination was Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London. This, the series pilot, was filmed between 26 August and 2 September 2000.

Results
  • 1st place: Melissa ('Mel') Moore (aged 22, from Manchester) and Ruth Wagstaff (aged 33, from Liverpool) with cameraman Alastair Cook (aged 29). They won the race by reaching Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, on day 7.
  • 2nd place: Camron ('Herbtree') John (aged 40, from London) and Tom Lawton (aged 24, from Somerset) with cameraman Neil Harvey (aged 33).
  • 3rd place: Charlie McFall (aged 38, from London) and Sarah Hemming (aged 25, from Wales) with cameraman Matt Broad (aged 34).

4 to 6[edit]

DROP 2: Sahara desert, north of Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa. Once the teams determined which country they had been dropped off in, they were instructed to make their way to Dakar, Senegal, where they would be given onward flights to an undisclosed destination (Casablanca, Morocco). Their final destination was Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London.

Results
  • 1st place: James Maby (aged 28, from London / France) and Harriet Bulwer-Long (aged 23, from London) with cameraman Will Dawes (aged 32). They won the race by reaching Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, on day 9.
  • 2nd place: Nana Amoatemaa-Appiah (aged 29, from London) and Stuart Lewington (aged 26, from Middlesex) with cameraman Luke Menges (aged 31).
  • Abandoned race: Melissa ('Mel') Moore (aged 22, from Manchester) and Ruth Wagstaff (aged 33, from Liverpool), the winners of Drop 1, with cameraman Iain MacDonald (aged 30). They abandoned the race in Casablanca, Morocco, on day 12, on being told by British Airways staff in Casablanca that the other two teams had begged for and received free flights to London some days earlier (James and Harriet from Malaga, Spain; Nana and Stuart from Casablanca). Mel and Ruth had the most authentic journey, travelling the entire route as far as Dakar over land, unlike both other teams who undertook most of the journey on free flights (resulting in a ban on flights not expressly authorised by the production team in subsequent drops).

7 to 9[edit]

DROP 3: La Gran Sabana (The Grand Savannah), Venezuela. Once the teams determined which country they had been dropped off in, they were instructed to make their way to the Caribbean island of Martinique, West Indies, where they would be given partial funds for flights back to the United Kingdom. Their final destination was Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London.

Results
  • 1st place: James Maby (aged 28, from London / France) and Harriet Bulwer-Long (aged 23, from London), the winners of Drop 2, with cameraman Simon Egan (aged 34). They won the race by reaching Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, on day 14.
  • 2nd place: Kate Andrews (aged 24, from London) and Elizabeth ('Liz') Hoselitz (aged 24, from Bristol), with cameraman Phil Stebbing (aged 40).
  • Abandoned race: Clay Pegus (aged 29, from London) and Andrew ('Andy') Boon (aged 36, from London), with cameraman Ben Anthony (aged 33). They abandoned the race on the Caribbean island of Margarita, on day 11, at the prospect of facing a long boat journey in a confined unhygienic space.

10 to 12[edit]

DROP 4: Near St Augustin, Cote-Nord, Eastern Quebec, Canada. Once the teams determined which country they had been dropped off in, they were instructed to make their way to Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA, to collect partial funds for tickets to return to the United Kingdom. Their final destination was Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London.

Results
  • 1st place: Katherine ('Mags') Allen (aged 27, from Leeds) and Paul Riley (aged 34, from London), with cameraman Dimitri Doganis (aged 29). They won the race by reaching Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, on day 12.
  • 2nd place: James Maby (aged 28, from London / France), the winner of Drops 2 & 3, and Sarah Laing (aged 22, from London), with cameraman Misha Manson-Smith (aged 28). Harriet Bulwer-Long, who, with James Maby, won Drops 2 & 3, declined to participate in Drop 4 due to work commitments and was replaced by Sarah Laing.
  • 3rd place: Suo San ('Suz') Tsang (aged 27, from Colchester, Essex) and Rehan ('Ray') Ali (aged 32, from Manchester), with cameraman Tim Knight (aged 33).

13 to 15[edit]

DROP 5: Near Siazan in northern Azerbaijan. Once the teams determined which country they had been dropped off in, they were instructed to make their way to Baku (the capital of Azerbaijan). On reaching Baku, they were then instructed to travel via Iran into Turkey (because, of the countries bordering Azerbaijan, they were only provided with visas for Iran whilst in Baku). From Turkey the teams could choose their own route back to the United Kingdom. Use of international flights was not permitted, and neither was obtaining assistance from family and friends (the latter condition being applied after teams obtained help, including financial help, from family and friends during Drop 4). In a change from all previous drops, their final destination in Drop 5 was The Angel of the North, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.

Results
  • 1st place: Katherine ('Mags') Allen (aged 27, from Leeds) and Paul Riley (aged 34, from London), the winners of Drop 4, with cameraman Finn McGough (aged 29). They won the race by reaching The Angel of the North, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on day 10.
  • 2nd place: Sharon Singh (aged 22, from Liverpool) and Henrietta ('Henri') Tatham (aged 32, from London), with cameraman Barnaby ('Barney') Snow (aged 35).
  • Abandoned race: Paul ('Paul-Stuart') Robertson (aged 22, from Glasgow) and Bruce Fraser (aged 37, from Wisbech), with cameraman Ben Anthony (aged 33). They abandoned the race in Istanbul, Turkey, on day 8, because Paul-Stuart decided he did not wish to continue.

Broadcast[edit]

Scheduling of the program in a late night slot meant it reached only a limited audience. The UK version was repeated on a cable channel a few months after the first showing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lost (2001) - TV.com
  2. ^ Mat Fraser | Acting | CV Archived 2013-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Lost!" by Nikki Arend, published 2001 by Channel 4 Books. Significantly more detail is provided in the book compared to the television series, including more personal background details on the competitors, interactions between the competitors and cameramen, and some experiences on the journey that were not televised. Some discrepancies exist, such as a caption on the television series indicating that, in Drop 3, Clay Pegus and Andy Boon abandoned the race on day 9. This is contradicted by detailed day by day accounts in the book which indicate that they abandoned the race on day 11.

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