Rise and Fall, the new Channel 4 series hosted by Greg James, has ordinary people competing for power and a £100,000 prize.

The players begin as equals, before taking a position of power as a Ruler living in a luxury penthouse, or as a “powerless” Grafter surviving in basic conditions in the basement.

Here is what we know about the show.

What can we expect from Rise and Fall?

The show is from the makers of the hit BBC show The Traitors.

The blurb for the series says Rise and Fall is “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”.

The 16 contestants will begin the game as equals but soon they will find themselves either in a position of power as a Ruler or as part of the powerless as a Grafter.

The Rulers live in an opulent penthouse, while the Grafters survive in basic conditions in the basement.

According to the programme notes: “And much like life, those in power will be responsible for making decisions that affect those who have none.”

The Grafters will be made to work hard completing a series of gruelling games and challenges to build a cash prize fund only the Rulers can win.

The Rulers have to encourage the Grafters to work harder, but if they push them too hard, they could find themselves toppled from power.

As the name of the series suggests, anyone can rise to a position of power and anyone can fall, but only one Ruler can win the cash prize at the end of the game.

The decision on who rises and who falls is made by the players.

Greg James said: “I’ve been waiting a long time for a show like this to come along that I can get stuck into and be the ringleader of.

“It’s an amazingly mad idea and the contestants are going to make some incredible TV. It’s very exciting to launch something brand new on Channel 4 and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. Let the power struggle begin…”

Who is in the cast?

Programme makers say “sixteen ordinary British people, from all walks of life and ages” have been selected for the show.

They are:

Ali, 45, Essex

Ali owns several successful businesses and is well known in Essex for his restaurants which have become celebrity hotspots. He describes himself as a “great leader”, saying: “I can make people do what I want them to do.”

Cheryl, 40, Liverpool

Cheryl was previously a support worker but is now studying as a mature student. When talking about her qualities, she said: “I don’t like seeing anyone struggling so I know I’m going to be very compassionate about those scenarios.”

Connor, 27, Kent

Connor started volunteering in the care sector at 16. He now works with the elderly and people with disabilities and describes his mum as the best leader he knows.

Edmund, 27, Devon

Edmund comes from an old aristocratic family but says that he leads an ordinary life as an account manager. He believes that he can find common ground with anyone.

Jack, 28, Hertfordshire

Jack is a construction worker and plays semi-professional football. He wants to use the prize money to take his mum on a luxury holiday and seems determined to win, saying: “I’m not here to come second or make friends.”

James, 26, Newport, south Wales

James is an employment coach but is also runs fitness classes on the side. He believes himself to be very honest, explaining: “I’m trustworthy, I’m extremely down to earth.”

Jeff, 69, London

Jeff grew up in the East End of London and began working at Sotheby’s in the 70s before setting up his art dealership. He is best known for his role as an expert in Channel 4’s Four Rooms and today runs eight businesses.

Joanna, 50, Suffolk

Joanna is an interior designer who spent much time growing up at her grandparents’ stately home. She believes that Margaret Thatcher is the perfect example of a leader, saying: “She was a very strong woman with balls of steel.”

Marina, 18, London

Marina lives at home with her parents after recently dropping out of university to follow her dream of being an actor. When asked to describe a good leader, she simply said: “It’s hard to choose a public figure because I feel like I’ve never been led by a public figure.”

Matt, 32, The Midlands

Matt is a nurse who dedicated his career to helping the most vulnerable of society. However, after 10 years on the front line, he is growing increasingly fed up with social policy. He also describes his mum as a great role model, saying: “She’s empathetic, compassionate, kind, honest.”

Prince, 39, Hertfordshire

Prince was born and raised in Sierra Leone and describes his childhood as challenging but necessary for success. He believed that he will be able to win the competition because he is “very, very disciplined”.

Rachel, 27, London

Rachel is an influencer who specialises in fashion and beauty content creation. She could be a contender for the winner, describing herself as “very observant and […] social, but […]also very competitive”.

Ramona, 34, London

Ramona moved from Munich to London as a child and credits the challenge of learning a new language as sparking her desire to work hard in life. She is now CEO of multiple hospitality and tech businesses. She says, “I’ve worked with so many people from different cultures and backgrounds and I can lead people using the knowledge and experience I’ve gained [to win the contest]”.

Rishika, 26, Birmingham

Compared to many of the contestants, Rishika grew up without much money, which made her understand the value of finances and the need to earn nice things. She now runs a charity helping people who live in shoe poverty.

Sophie, 21, Essex

A member of the Young Conservatives, Sophie is outspoken about her political views and is a regular commentator in the media.

When asked about her leadership style, she said: “You have to be strong, I don’t give into this consensus nonsense, we want conviction.”

Sydney, 24, West Lothian, Scotland

Single mum Sydney works as a delivery driver whilst also studying for a law degree with a view to working in the human rights sector. She believes that Marilyn Monroe was an exemplary leader because “she’s iconic and had the world in a chokehold during her time”.

When can I watch it?

The series, which started on Sunday, is on 10pm on Channel 4 tonight. It will be available to stream live or watch at a later date on All4.  

According to the Channel 4 schedule, it will be shown every weeknight. There are 18 one-hour episodes in the series.

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