A group of castaways compete against each other to win a prize as they live together on a deserted tropical island. The original series, which ran from 1999 to 2001, was constructed as a social experiment, without a competitive format or prize.
The show premiered on Channel 4's youth programming brand T4. It returned from January 2006 to May 2009 in a new format under the title Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands. In 2011, it moved to E4 and was retitled as Shipwrecked: The Island.