WE already enjoy seeing the contestants on Love Island at each other’s throats – and now ITV2 are set to bring us a show with a real killer element.
The dating blockbuster is set to return next month with a long line of stunning men and women trying to pull one another in a Spanish sunshine island villa.
But Love Island will be followed by Killer Camp, which features 12 contestants dropped in a holiday lakeside lodge.
They will have to find romance, companionship – AND avoid a “killer” on the loose.
A TV insider said: “This is already being dubbed ‘Murder Love Island’ as the two ITV2 shows share so many similarities.
“But obviously Killer Camp adds a twist which has echoes of cult Ryan Murphy show American Horror Story: 1984. And if they make it to the end of the contest they don’t just stand a chance of finding another half, there’s also the promise of scooping some cool, hard cash.”
The terrifying show enjoyed a trial five-day run as a Halloween special back in 2019, and ITV chiefs were so impressed with its ratings and fans’ feedback it’s now a full-on series.
Like Love Island, filming for Killer Camp had to be cancelled last year due to Covid but production is already underway with cast and crew working in a remote forest in Estonia. Like Netflix hit Too Hot To Handle, this year’s series will have a mix of American and British campmates, and will be hosted by Bobby Mair.
Over the course of five nights, the murderer will “kill” fellow campers in more extreme, entertaining and inventive ways.
The surviving residents of the lakeside lodge have to work out who is responsible for the murders before they get eliminated too.
The set up for Killer Camp will be familiar to anyone watching American Horror Story: 1984 where the story is set in a summer camp with a grizzly past.
Let’s hope the new ITV2 show doesn’t die a death after its first series.
FROM JAIL TO S.A.S. HOPEFUL
WE’VE already heard a few moving confessions from wannabe recruits on this year’s SAS Who Dares Wins.
And this Sunday’s episode sees Adam from Cardiff reveal on the Channel 4 show that he used to be a big-time cocaine dealer – until he got arrested a decade ago and sentenced to five years.
He has been trying to turn his life around ever since. Adam explained: “I would do some drug drop offs with some of the older boys and then I just started climbing up the ladder.
"I was trying to get out of it and then I got greedy. I made one move I shouldn’t have made and my world came tumbling down.
“I’d love to be a hero to my daughter and show that if you put your mind to something you can do anything.”
But Mark Billingham wasn’t moved by his story, telling him: “You’re being f***ing watched closely.”
THE Repair Shop devotees were furious when Panorama ate into their timeslot on Wednesday, leaving them with a half-hour show rather than an hour.
One fan tweeted: “I’m not sure a half-hour #therepairshop is going to have the required number of cries per episode.”
JILL’S A HOL LOT OF FUN
CHANNEL 5 are making an adaptation of The Holiday – and no, we don’t mean the festive rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
Instead the equally brilliant Jill Halfpenny is leading the cast in the upcoming thriller based on TM Logan’s bestseller.
She plays a woman called Kate who goes on a family trip only to discover her husband is having an affair with one of her four friends who has joined them.
But the twist to the drama – set to air later this year – is that she doesn’t know which one of them has done the dirty deed.
Jill said: “Portraying Kate’s dream holiday turn into a nightmare was great fun and hopefully the fans of the book, and those who have yet to discover it, will enjoy the rollercoaster journey we take you on.”
BEAST SAPPED CUSH
CUSH Jumbo says her role in new Britbox drama The Beast Must Die has been the most challenging of her career.
The series, which also stars Mad Men’s Jared Harris, follows her character Frances as she gets revenge for the murder of her son, who was killed in a hit-and-run.
Cush, who was in Channel 4 dramas The Good Wife and Deadwater Fell, said: “Because I have a young son myself I felt very emotionally driven by the story.
“Frances goes on a mission of revenge and justice-seeking, but also of bloody-mindedness to find his killer and murder them.
“It was emotionally draining, it was also physically draining.
“The thing about acting is that, although your brain knows this is a job, your body doesn’t. So you have to be careful about reminding your body and yourself that you haven’t lost a child.”
MODERN LOVE GETS THE DUKE
THE second season of hit drama Modern Love returns to Amazon Prime Video this summer with two interesting new actors joining the already star-studded cast.
They are Tobias Menzies, best known for playing the late Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown and Sophie Okonedo, who starred in another Netflix blockbuster, Ratched.
The much-anticipated eight-part series, which has just finished filming in Dublin, will premiere around the world on August 13.
It follows the first hit season in 2019, which starred Anne Hathaway and Dev Patel.
This series will also include Kit Harington, Minnie Driver and Tom Burke.
Holly in fits
HOLLY Willoughby was a real rock when This Morning co-star and reporter Josie Gibson fell into a lake live on yesterday’s show.
The presenter was in fits watching Josie having to be hauled out of the water. Holly did stop laughing long enough to ask her if she was alright – eventually.
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