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Castaway Julie Lowe
"I think it's going to be very difficult to go back to living in a city"
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Wednesday, 3 January, 2001, 11:29 GMT
Castaways face the reality of home
Julie Lowe
Julie Lowe: "I have a feeling I will have to move out"
The stars of BBC's Castaway programme are trying to re-adjust to life back in Britain after being voluntarily marooned on Taransay, a remote island off Scotland, for more than a year.

Twenty-three of the 29 islanders who saw out the year-long social experiment flew to Glasgow airport on Tuesday afternoon, before making their way back to their homes.


It is going to be very difficult to live in a city

Castaway Julie Lowe

Castaway Julie Lowe told BBC One's Breakfast News that the experience had left her with a deep dislike of city life.

Speaking from her home in Knutsford, the former city trader co-ordinator said: "It is very strange coming back because of all the new people.

"We have hardly seen new faces for more than a year now."

Thirty-six people, made up of families, couples and individuals, were marooned on the island at the end of 1999, spending a year building a community from scratch under the watchful eye of BBC cameras.

Ms Lowe said: "It is going to be very difficult to live in a city. I have a feeling I will have to let the house and move out."

The experience of living on a remote island had changed her in many ways, she said.

Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle became a heart throb for viewers
"I have learnt to be more flexible and tolerant. You can't argue with someone, if you see them the next day and the next day and the next day."

Life on the five-mile long island contrasted greatly with the hustle of city living.

Taransay has no trees from September to May and is buffeted by 100 mph winds and storm force seas.

And the islanders, chosen to reflect a microcosm of British society, had only limited resources had to determine the rules under which their community operated.

The year-long programme witnessed incredible highs and lows, with acrimonious departures in the case of some, and others finding love on the island.

They spent an emotional last night together at a hotel on the island of Harris, a short helicopter ride from Taransay, on Monday before saying tearful goodbyes at Glasgow airport.

But with their return to their pre-island lives, a psychologist will be available to help Castaways who need it.

Avid viewers of the programme have not seen the last of them, however.

The BBC also plans to keep up with their new lives in the coming year.

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