That’s exactly what the latest programme from the UK’s Channel 5 is (not) asking.
Ever since I saw the posters popping up around tube stations in London, and the adverts on telly, I was intrigued. Firstly, what the heck would possess anyone to want to go and live in the Stone Age? Really? No wifi? Not happening. Secondly, as a child of the 90s (well, teenager) I well remember the days of The Real World, Shipwrecked, Castaway and Big Brother and I know that crashing together a bunch of strangers in a remote location does not sound like my idea of fun.
Nonetheless, I told myself it was going to be an intriguing social experiment (y’know, how we said Big Brother would be the first time) and T and I duly tuned in. All I can say is: It’s absolutely amazing.
Forget the badly sewn together animal skin clothing and the fact that I’m pretty sure there’s a whole load of behind the scenes help that they get (they’re never in danger as if anyone needs medical treatment, they bring in the medics) – it is simply hilarious to watch this microcosm of the human condition play out in such circumstances.
Humans may rail against societal structures and yet they’re keen to put them in place. They naturally seek hierarchy. There’s two tribes (clue is in the name) and they don’t know about each other – how they form independently and get leaders, and how those leaders influence how that tribe feels is compelling viewing.
Oh, and it’s a little bit like a Stone Age soap opera.
Tune in on Channel 5 player!