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The Circle recap: Richard Madeley settles into catfish life as Tim steals the show



Emma Willis started The Circle off in style (Picture: Channel 4)

The Circle has finally kicked off, with another group of flatmates attempting to deceive their neighbors, to win £ 100,000.

Channel 4’s reality TV show sees ordinary people move in to the same block flats without ever meeting each other, only communicating through The Circle’s social media channels.

They create their own profile – either themselves or someone totally different – and communicate through group chats and private messages in a bid to be crowned the most popular and take home the prize money.

Emma Willis kicked things off by introducing us to this year’s first contestants, before dropping the bombshell that Richard Madeley would be joining the gang as an 'agent of mischief'.

But, if the double Bake Off elimination sent you to bed in a huff and you missed the show, this is what went down on the launch night.

Richard Madeley joins the game

Richard Madeley seemed right at home in the Circle apartment (Picture: Channel 4)

This Morning’s Richard moved into the flat a little later than everyone else, but got right down to it as he explored his temporary surroundings, clutching a guitar.

He then gave us a little tour, showing off the old-school typewriter he has been given by producers, as well as a brand new keyboard.

Thoughts are with whoever’s flat has been placed next door to his …

But viewers were thrown a massive curveball as it was revealed that we would be able to decide on his profile – either a 22-year-old man named Richard, or a 27-year-old woman named Judy.

While we won’t know for sure who Richard will be playing until the next instalment, we can take a wild guess on which one fans (and wife Judy Finnegan watching on at home) went for …

Tim and Sammie voted as influencers

James is playing the game as single mum Sammie (Picture: Channel 4)

The Circlers were thrown straight in at the deep end as they faced the seriously awkward task of rating one another – without even having a single conversation. And, because they've never actually spoken, they had to go on looks and a quick glance over each other’s profiles.

So it's basically Tinder but with your neighbors.

It was then revealed Tim and Sammie (who is being played by James) were ranked the highest by their co-stars, meaning they were given influencer status. But what exactly will they be influencing?

Tim, Brooke and Georgina are so pure

Tim became a firm fan favorite – and very popular with his co-stars – the second he entered his flat, thanks largely to his cat, Bey, named after Beyonce, obviously.

But he cemented himself in our hearts as he opened up a private chat with Brooke, telling her he 'can't sleep without knowing more about' her.

Bit forward when you've only known her an hour, but we'll let it slide hun.

Tim stole the show and must be protected at all costs (Picture: Channel 4)

As they bonded over their love of languages, they decided to invite Georgina into the chat, where she told them a little more about herself and how she lives with Crohn’s disease.

’Having a Crohn’s disease is a super difficult struggle sometimes, but you just take each day as it comes and really enjoy yourself,’ she insisted.

Brooke and Georgina were full of praise, telling her they would always be there for her whenever she needed them, and honestly, it has warmed our hearts.

Katie screwing the game up in the very first second

One person who might need a little more help on the show is Katie, who almost managed to screw the whole thing up in the very first second of the game.

There’s another three weeks left of this …

Katie is playing as Jay, her real life son, and she decided to open a private chat with single mum Sammie – who is actually absolutely not a single mum, named James.

Keeping up?

Katie screwed the game up almost instantly (Picture: Channel 4)

And she initially started the chat up as a way of bonding over being parents, before remembering 'Jay' doesn’t have any kids, so probably wouldn't know that much about the subject. All while poor James is on the other end of the screen, wondering what ’he’ wanted to chat about.

Rescuing the whole thing, 'Jay' then praised Sammie for going it alone with her parenting, telling her that his mum 'did a great job on her own'.

James somehow saw no red flags in the chat, and instead decided they were going to be total pals when the show is over.

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’I feel like we’re gonna get on, on the outside as well …,’ he told the camera. ’Once ​​he gets over the fact I’m not a young single mum.’

Something tells us James might need to get over some stuff too …

The Circle continues nightly at 10pm, on Channel 4.

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