Netflix’s new game show sees players compete in a real-life version of Squid Game
Netflix is launching a brand-new and real-life version of its hugely successful K-drama, Squid Game. Premiering on Wednesday, Squid Game: The Challenge will see hundreds of everyday people taking part in a series of games from the original series in a bid for a life-changing multi-million dollar prize.
The reality series follows 456 real players all in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million – the largest cash prize in reality TV history, according to Netflix. But only one person can walk away with the jackpot.
As the ruthless series progresses, the contestants will be forced to show their true colours as new alliances are shattered and friends become enemies. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – alongside some new additions – the players’ strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them.
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The 10-episode series was filmed here in the UK, with sets built to replicate those from the show down to the most minute details. Players will live together in a replica of Squid Game’s bunk bed-filled living quarters and compete in less-lethal versions of games pulled straight from the series, including the marble game, glass stepping stones and Red Light, Green Light.
How to watch Squid Game: The Challenge for free with Sky’s Black Friday deal
Squid Game: The Challenge is available to stream with a subscription to Netflix, which usually costs £10.99 a month for the Standard plan and £17.99 a month for the Premium plan. As well as the new game show, this gives members access to hit shows like the final season of The Crown and the anime series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
But savvy shoppers can currently get Netflix for free with a bargain Black Friday deal from Sky that also includes Apple TV+ for less than £20. Sky is offering an amazing entertainment bundle that includes Sky Stream, Sky TV, Netflix and six months of free Apple TV+ for £19 a month.
This awesome money-saving deal means bargain hunters can save £126 over Sky’s 18-month term, plus £53.94 with Apple – a total £179.94 saving. The bundle includes premium Sky channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky Max and Sky Documentaries, as well as all the most-talked-about new shows on Netflix and Apple TV+ including Godzilla spin-off Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, season three of Slow Horses and Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ upcoming WWII epic Masters of the Air.
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