Reality show ‘Squid Game’ sees doctors called for frozen gamers affected by UK cold snap

A small number of contestants on the reality show “Squid Game: The Challenge” needed medical attention on Monday after a sprawling game of “Red Light Green Light” played during Britain’s ongoing cold snap proved to be a shock to the system.

Fewer than five players are understood to have required doctors on the set of the new Netflix show. While one contestant is believed to have injured his shoulder after accidentally running into a wall, others were treated for minor ailments.

Players were among the 456 contestants who participated in “Red Light Green Light,” which is also known as “Statues” based on where you grew up. In the game, you have to cross a finish line while standing completely still when a person who “it” turns around to watch the players. If it is found to be moving, it is out. The game was a centerpiece in “Squid Game”, where a giant killer doll would turn its head and shoot to take out players who moved. It was the first game about drama, and particularly effective as unsuspecting players had no idea they would be killed if they lost the game.

The unscripted game show, which Bela Bajaria first announced in June 2022, is based on the streamer’s hit 2021 Korean drama. Filmed in two studios in the UK, producers Studio Lambert and The Garden have chosen 456 contestants from around the world to compete in various challenges based on the Korean children’s games featured on the show, as well as new games. The winner receives a cash prize of $4.56 million (£3.7 million).

However, Netflix had the misfortune to start production during a rare cold snap in the UK.

On Monday, which was the show’s first day of production at Bedford’s Cardington Studios, north London, temperatures hit a low of zero degrees Celsius. Although the game was filmed in the old aircraft hangar, which is closed, the gigantic space was likely to be extremely cold given the temperatures outside. While the players, many of whom are unaccustomed to British weather and the realities of television production, are believed to have been provided with hand warmers and thermal underwear for their day of filming, there is no doubt that the cold would have made even more challenging. .

British tabloid The Sun, which first reported the news, spoke to the players who had been dropped from the show. “Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold,” the source told The Sun. “You could hear someone yell ‘medic’ and the crew was rushing over. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes.”

In a statement shared with VarietyA Netflix spokesperson said: “We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and we invest in all appropriate safety procedures. While it was very cold on set, and the contestants were prepared for it, any claim of serious injury is false.”

It is unlikely that the producers would have been able to change the show’s production schedule, especially given the large number of contestants involved. “Red Light Green Light” is also a must-play in programming to streamline contestants: Variety he understands that only 228 contestants clear the first hurdle and continue on to the rest of the game, meaning Monday’s stunt would have been a key day for the production.

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