Love Island

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== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==
Granada for ITV1/2/Play, 16 May 2005 - 28 August 2006 (86 days in two series)
Granada London (LWT) for ITV1/2/Play, 16 May 2005 - 28 August 2006 (86 days in two series)

Revision as of 14:32, 16 May 2007



Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook (2005)

Patrick Kielty and Fearne Cotton (2006)


Love Island Aftersun: Matt Brown (ITV2 coverage)


Granada London (LWT) for ITV1/2/Play, 16 May 2005 - 28 August 2006 (86 days in two series)


12 "celebrities" (so reckon on having heard of three), four weeks on an island, challenged to do stuff. But not very much. Whatever they called this particular variation on the theme, you basically knew what you were getting.

Every night, the contestants were seen pampering themselves, drinking alcohol, and soaking up the sun. Challenges on the show were thin. Some days, the public would vote for two of the contestants to be exiled from the remainder of the group and spend a couple of days with each other for company. On other days, the public was invited to remove people from the group, so that the series would end with one gentleman and one lady winner. Some nights, the most entertaining aspect was the way Patrick Kielty's ad-libs wound up co-host Kelly Brook.

The show was deliberately designed as an ITV spoiler against Big Brother's 6th series, and failed to attract many viewers. ITV stuck with the series to the planned end, ensuring that they got some return on their huge investment.

To the surprise of many, the series returned the following summer, albeit under a new title. Love Island featured contestants who weren't celebrities when they left, and featured a new co-host. However, the surprise ratings success of the first outing wasn't repeated and in November 2006 it was announced that the series had been axed.


The twelve competing in the first series were, in alphabetical order: Calum Best, Fran Cosgrave, Paul Danan, Michael Greco, Lady Isabella Hervey, Du'aine Ladejo, Rebecca Loos, Liz McClarnon, Jayne Middlemiss, Lee Sharpe, Judi Shekoni, Abi Titmuss. One day's transmission was lost after a tropical storm hit the island.

Competitors in the second series were: Sophie Anderton, Chris Brosnan, Kelle Bryan, Brendan Cole, Alicia Douvall, Bianca Gascoigne, Lady Victoria Hervey, Leo Ihenacho, Shane Lynch, Lee Otway and Colleen Shannon. Various guests were flown in to spice things up including series one's Paul Danan and Jackass star Steve-O (who quit after two days).

The second series was subject to some wonderful criticism from the continuity announcers of UTV (the ITV station in Northern Ireland). Robin Taylor would frequently introduce the show along the line of quotes like: Now get ready for unintentional comedy from the Love Island!, whilst chief announcer Julian Simmons regularly used his announcements to have a go at Sophie 'me-me-me' Anderton.


Series 1: Fran Cosgrave and Jayne Middlemiss.
Series 2: Calum Best and Bianca Gascoigne.

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