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Channel 4 have confirmed it has axed reality series Rise & Fall, which was produced by the makers of The Traitors, after one series

The reality series, which aired last Spring and hosted by Radio 1's Greg James, was a game about what it takes to get to the top - how to win power, how to keep hold of it and how to use it to influence others.

Sixteen ordinary British people, from all walks of life and ages, begin the game as equals but soon find themselves either in a position of power as a Ruler or as part of the powerless as a Grafter.

While the Rulers live in an opulent penthouse, the Grafters must survive in basic conditions in the basement. And much like life, those in power will be responsible for making decisions that affect those who have none.

Anyone can rise to a position of power and anyone can fall, but only one Ruler can win the prize fund at the end of the game. Who rises and who falls will be decided by the other Players.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told The Sun: "Rise and Fall was a great show that we were very proud of and attracted strong audiences, but Channel 4 is all about the new and we want to make space for the next great new reality idea...

"We would like to thank Greg and the talented team who made such a hugely fun and innovative show."

A source added to The Sun: "This won't come to a shock to anyone within the TV industry as Rise and Fall is widely considered to be a very costly flop. It is one of the most pricey productions Channel 4 have aired in recent years but there were high hopes it might tap into some of the energy of The Traitors which was an instant hit when it aired in 2022...

"There was a small chance that they might have had another stab at making Rise and Fall a hit, but in the current climate C4 can't justify shelling out millions on a project that is unlikely to get the viewing figures."

Rise & Fall is available on Channel 4 streaming.


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