Preview: Shipmates


In this brand-new series, two wild groups of friends board one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world for a glamorous competition. For five days they join 1500 party animals stopping off at the Med’s biggest party destinations of Cannes, Ibiza, Palma and Barcelona.

The aim is to convince the other party-goers to vote for them in a week-long popularity contest. At the end, the group that gets the most votes will win a luxury holiday to beautiful Bali. But it’s not all plain sailing. On board are secret stowaways the players thought they’d left at home.

Each day the rivals can choose a stowaway to send into the opposition to cause maximum disruption. As the ship makes its way round the Med, the teams go head-to-head in physical and mental challenges with the chance to win fantastic upgrades at each destination. In this first episode a holiday hook-up causes an awkward situation, and a work colleague in need of babysitting dampens the party spirit.

As the ship sails towards the French Riviera, the teams and their stowaways gather for the first deck game, competing to win a fantastic upgrade experience when they hit Cannes. One team celebrates victory with a chopper ride around the bay while the other slums it in the park. As one team edges ahead, cracks in friendship groups begin to show, and when team tactics turn to flirting, one ex-flame is left all at sea. Stormy waters lie ahead…

Shipmates – Friday at 11.05pm on Channel 4.