Shattered follows 10 people competing while staying awake for a week.

Shattered follows 10 people competing while staying awake for a week.
Channel 4’s latest reality TV show is following 10 people as they try to stay awake for an entire week. The winner receives £100,000. The show, which began on Sunday, is controversial; as the BBC reports, “a pressure group said [the show] was exploiting its participants.” They might have had a problem with one challenge, “which featured contestants having to work their way through a series of doors, some of which had handles which gave them an electric shock.” A Channel 4 spokesperson said it was “an extremely mild electric pulse, which was not harmful.” It was too much for one 21-year-old contestant, who quit on Tuesday and is still “having trouble sleeping, Ananova reports.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.