Channel 4 is back in the reality TV game with Rise and Fall – a brand new competition that asks the question: what would 16 ordinary people do to gain power?


Hosted by Greg James, the series – which airs nightly on week days – takes its cast to a central London high-rise building and sorts them into the Grafters, who live in the basement and must work to build up the prize pot, and the Rulers, who make leadership decisions and will ultimately win the prize pot.

Created by the makers of The Traitors, we'll watch the contestants climb the ladder of power whilst avoiding being eliminated from the top, with Channel 4 boss Ian Katz describing the format as "a reality version of the movie Parasite".

Read on for everything you need to know about the Channel 4 reality TV show, including when it's set to air.

Channel 4 Rise and Fall air date

Channel 4's Rise and Fall kicked off on Sunday 19th March at 9pm on Channel 4 with an 90-minute episode.

The series aired on weeknights at 10pm for the rest of the week, but has a slightly changed schedule this week.

It will take a short break this weekend and resume airing on Monday 27th March at 10pm, airing every night through to Thursday at 10pm.

Greg James teased the show at the start of March on Twitter, saying that he was "VERY excited" about the brand new format.

"It’s a game of winning power. So it’s about getting power. Keeping power. Our contestants, 16 of them, are for all walks of life and they will live here," he said.

"Some of them will rise to the top, some will fall to the bottom, but one person will walk away with an enormous cash price.

"It’s on Channel 4 very soon. That is all I’m allowed to say! But what I can say is it will be good, and I’d like you all to watch. Thank you."

Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman presenting The Traitors. BBC

The 18-part series follows the success of BBC hit The Traitors, which is returning for a second season with Claudia Winkleman as host.

The reality TV show was a surprise success, and has been picked up in several other territories including the US.

Who is the host of Channel 4's Rise and Fall?

Greg James.

BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James has been announced as the host of Channel 4 reality series Rise and Fall.

"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," he said in a statement. "It’s an amazingly mad idea and the contestants are going to make some incredible TV.

"Let the power struggle begin..."

Rise and Fall cast

Channel 4 revealed the cast for Rise and Fall earlier this month, with 16 ordinary people set to take on the reality competition.

  • Ali (45), entrepreneur from Essex
  • Cheryl (40), trainee nurse from Liverpool
  • Connor (27), care home manager from Kent
  • Edmund (27), account manager from Devon
  • Jack (28), builder from Hertfordshire
  • James (26), employment coach from Newport, Wales
  • Jeff (69), entrepreneur from London
  • Joanna (50), interior designer from Suffolk
  • Marina (18), receptionist from London
  • Matt (32), nurse from The Midlands
  • Prince (39), postal worker from Hertfordshire
  • Rachel (27), influencer from London
  • Ramona (34), CEO born in Germany and raised in London
  • Rishika (26), communications officer from Birmingham
  • Sophie (21), politics student from Essex
  • Sydney (24), delivery driver from West Lothian, Scotland

Rise and Fall trailer

While the Channel 4 show hasn't given fans a first-look at the actual gameplay yet, the broadcaster did release a conceptual trailer at the start of the month, explaining the political format behind the title. Check it out below.

Rise and Fall continues on Channel 4 on Monday 27th March at 10pm. Traitors and The Traitors US are both available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Check out more of our Entertainment coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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