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.
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”.