Channel 4 scraps catfish-style reality show The Circle after just three series

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Channel 4 has made the decision to axe its reality show The Circle after just three series.

According to Broadcast, Netflix has already begun talks with the makers of the show about the UK version, and may be making an offer to take up the mantle for its streaming service.

But Channel 4 will definitely ditch the Studio Lambert production.

"C4 considers the youth-skewing, 10pm format to have been a success, but says it's keen to make room for new ideas," the publication tweeted.

The Circle had members of the public – and later celebrities – hide behind screens and attempt to convince other contestants that they were who they said they are – despite it not often being the truth.

Communicating solely by social media contact, £100k is up for grabs for the winner.

It's up to players to decide if they want to play as themselves or pretend to be someone else entirely.

The show was hosted by Emma Willis and, despite its success, will not progress for a fourth series.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told RadioTimes: "The Circle has been a huge hit for young audiences and has grown successively over three seasons on Channel 4, consistently outperforming slot averages.

"In much the same way as when we originally commissioned The Circle, Channel 4 has a responsibility to continually look at how we reinvent and create space for new ideas, and so we have decided not to commission the show for a fourth season."

They went on to thank Studio Lambert's contribution to the channel.

The US version of the show, The Circle USA, is already produced by and hosted on Netflix.

So it could be a good fit for the UK version of the programme.

The Celebrity Circle was also aired as a spin-off from the main series to raise funds for Stand Up 2 Cancer.

It starred famous faces including Blue's Duncan James, Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby and Dancing on Ice star Denise van Outen.

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