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Reality TV Contestants Leave Wilderness After A Year To Find Show Axed

The last episode aired 7 months ago.

24/03/2017 9:42 AM AEDT | Updated 24/03/2017 7:42 PM AEDT

Contestants of a much-hyped British survival show have spent a year cut off from modern life in the remote Scottish Highlands -- blissfully unaware of President Trump and Brexit -- only to find that the show has been axed.

Eden was billed as the ultimate social experiment, where '23 men and women try to build a new life and new society from scratch, isolated from the rest of the world.' However, only four episodes of the show managed to make it to air, the last of which aired 7 months ago.

Awkward.

During filming, 13 of the cast members reportedly abandoned ship as the camp was torn apart by sexual jealousy, hunger and infighting, while others resorted to smuggling in alcohol and junk food from a nearby town.

Nearby residents were disappointed in the show, which they said failed to live up to the hype.

"The last 10 have left. Some of the participants were even seen in the dentist at Fort William needing treatment after eating chicken feed grit," Maria Macpherson said.

"It has not done this area any favours -- it has just not lived up to expectations."

The show disappeared from British television screens after viewing figures dropped from a whopping 1.7 million to 800,000. Yet despite being taken off the air, the remaining contestants had no idea as they trudged along on the 600-acre estate.

The show also attracted criticism from animal welfare groups after one contestant cut open a pregnant sheep and pulled out its unborn lamb.

The lamb's fur was then used as a cover for a hot-water bottle, while the sheep's skull was put on a pole.

In a statement the network airing the show, Channel 4, said that it would be making a return to screens but not until later this year.

"The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles," the statement read.

"That's why we did it and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year."

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