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Saturday, 2 September, 2000, 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK
Castaway heart-throb 'fed up'
Taransay Island
Taransay: Six of the original 36 castaways have left
One of the islanders marooned for the BBC's Castaway 2000 programme has threatened to leave the isolated island where he and 29 others are marooned.

Ben Fogle has become a heart-throb for many viewers of the programme, which follows the lives of those voluntarily stranded on the Hebridean island, Taransay, for the whole of 2000.

Ben Fogle
Sex symbol: Fogle is the heart-throb of the island community
In recent months there has been a string of departures from the island and the show.

Mr Fogle, a former picture editor for Tatler magazine, is reported to be fed up because some of the other islanders are jealous of his popularity.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "One of the latest programmes shows Ben threatening to leave because of one of the other residents.

"He goes through a difficult time and some people do have problems with him because he tends to attract a lot of coverage, although that's not necessarily his fault."

Earlier this year Mr Fogle said it was ironic so many women were interested in him when he was marooned on the island.

He said: "I miss having a girlfriend and spent all last year in London looking for a beautiful girl and failing.

"Then I get here and I hear I am some kind of heart-throb. I've got people writing to me and I'm stuck out here."

Gordon and Cassie Carey and their children Yoneh, five, and Aaron, three, left last month after becoming disillusioned with life on the island.

Earlier in the year, Ray Bowyer and Ron Copsey separately quit the show.

Copsey blamed "inflated egos" on the island.

There are now 30 castaways left on the island from an original total of 36 and they have four more months before the end of the year-long experiment.

The group members were selected from a total of 4,000 people.

They were given psychometric tests and a series of physical exercises and challenges to test their suitability for the programme.

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