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The Circle confirmed for series 3 and Celebrity special to air in 2021

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The Circle will be back for a third series AND a Celebrity special in 2021.

Channel 4 has announced that the hit reality show, which first aired in 2018, will take a break this year.

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It will return in 2021 with a third series alongside an additional celebrity series, The Celebrity Circle, as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

Host Emma Willis is back to host with comedian Sophie Willan resuming her role as the inimitable voiceover.

In The Circle, contestants reside separately in their own apartments, with cameras watching their every move.

Never meeting one another in person, the only way they can communicate with each other is through the titular Circle, a voice-activated social network.

Players can choose to be whomever they think will make them most popular with other players, regularly rating one another with the least popular contestants being eliminated.

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The next series will be pre-recorded without an audience or live shows due to current filming restrictions.

Presenter Emma Willis said: "The Circle is just brilliant, unmissable television. I loved every minute of being a part of it and I'm delighted to be returning to it for another series where I'll be right at the centre of all the mischief and drama!

"To add to that, we’re also doing a celeb version - I can't wait to see who’ll be in the line-up and whether they’ll play as themselves or as another celebrity, it’s going to be incredible.”​

Gilly Greenslade, who commissioned all three series for Channel 4 said: “When we were developing the series three years ago, I knew it would reflect how we live but I never expected it to be quite so prophetic.

"Now many more of us have had a taste of living our lives isolated and online, I am excited to see the strategies and tactics that the new players bring to the game.

"I hope that this show will bring some much-needed joy and hilarity to our TV screens.”

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You can apply to be a contestant on The Circle's next series online here.

The Circle and The Celebrity Circle for Stand Up To Cancer will air on TV in 2021.