Rise and Fall is the new challenge reality TV programme brought into fruition by the makers of this year’s popular new show The Traitors.

The series follows sixteen contestants who have been split into two groups: the Rulers, who hold all the power and live in a luxury penthouse, and the Grafters, who must bend to the Rulers’ every whim while enduring basic conditions in a grimy basement.

Desperate contestants battle it out to get a hold of the £100,000 prize fund by rising to the top of the building, making power-based decisions and forming manipulative alliances along the way.

All of this takes place in a grand-looking central London location, described by Greg James as “iconic”.

Where is Rise and Fall filmed?

While the challenges for Rise and Fall are reportedly filmed in a studio, the gloomy basement and plush penthouse suite are both filmed in the grand old TfL offices that sit above St James’s Tube station in Westminster, London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: A general view of the Headquarters of London Underground above St James's Park station on March 30, 2010 in London, England. London Underground workers are to be balloted for strike action in a dispute over the company's proposed cutting of 800 jobs in a bid to save ??16m per year. News of the potential Tube strike follows seven days of industrial action taken by British Airways cabin crew and the possibility of the first national rail strike in 16 years. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
55 Broadway in central London has been empty since 2020 (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The famous art-deco building, called 55 Broadway, has been empty since the transport company left the offices in 2020 after 90 years on the premises. However, it is currently in the process of being renovated to become a luxury hotel by designers EPR Architects.

Visitors could previously visit the rooftop terrace, which has impressive views of Westminster and the London eye.

The Grade I listed building is set to become a 526-key hotel and events venue at some point in the future, which will give fans of the show the opportunity to enjoy a stay on site.

Rise and Fall cast

Ali, 45, Essex

Ali owns a number of successful businesses and is well known in Essex for his restaurants which have become celebrity hot spots. 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 of 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 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 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 regular commentator in the media.

When asked of 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”.

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