The Circle Series 3: Everything You Need to Know

The Circle series 3 returns on Tuesday 16 March 2021 as the long-anticipated social experiment game show returns.

The popularity game show is set in an apartment complex where contestants are separate from the outside world, and isolated from all forms of communication. During their time in the show, they will only be able to exchange messages via the integrated social app ‘The Circle’ and will compete to win over their fellow players to win the majority of the prize pool while viewers will vote for their favorite to win a smaller prize amount.

Previous winners include LadBible’s Alex Hobern winning both cash prizes of series 1 cat-fishing as Kate, while Paddy Smyth won the in-game prize of series 2. Tim Wilson won the popular vote of series 2 after winning over the hearts of the nation. Both Paddy and Tim won playing as themselves.

Interestingly the new series will be pre-recorded due to current COVID restrictions, however, the contestants had always followed social distancing rules. The show is expected to do well for Channel 4 with the previous series bringing over 10 million views for All 4. Similarly, the show has begun its international take over with the first American series of the format airing last year on Netflix.

How much is the prize for The Circle series 3?

This year players will be competing for their share of £100,000. Most importantly, this year the show has been pre-recorded so it is unconfirmed how viewers will influence the prize pool like previous years.

Who is playing in The Circle series 3?

Real NameThe Circle Identity
Billy, 19Himself
Andy, 34Himself
Hashu, 28Syed – Hashu’s Uncle
James, 47Gemma – NHS Nurse
Jamie and Millie (57 and 20)Penny, 49 – Letting agent from London
Marika, 24Herself
Tally, 23Herself
Vithun, 23Himself
Yolanda, 30Chris – Yolanda’s husband

When does The Circle begin?

The Circle series 3 begins on 16 March at 21:15 on Channel 4.

Who presents The Circle?

Emma Willis returns to presenting the third series The Circle after taking over from Maya Jama and Alice Levine in series two.

By Conor Riley

Conor is the Founder and Editor for Cinamore, a publication focused on giving power back to journalists. As a portmanteau of the word 'Cinema' and the Italian word for love 'Amore', Cinamore aims to highlight the love that we all carry for the art of the moving image.


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