The Circle viewers hooked after 'perfect' first episode as they compare new reality show to early Big Brother

Telly fans were introduced to the eight contestants battling it out for the £50,000 prize tonight in Channel 4's ambitious new reality show.

Called a cross between Black Mirror and Big Brother, the series sees the contestants living in individual apartments in the same block and communicating solely through social media.

They can be whoever they want to be in The Circle, with players swapping genders and sexuality in a bid to be the most liked.

Writing on Twitter, viewers said: "This is perfect. Just like how Big Brother was at the start. Good, new, fresh social experiment. #TheCircle."can’t decide if i like this or not but i’m definitely fascinated #TheCircle.

"This is such a powerful programme! It's cracking me up already but it has such a strong message – take social media for what it is, don't take it as real life! #TheCircle.

"Watching the circle on channel 4! What an eye opener this is! Is this what people are really like online? ? it makes me think twice about using social media and none of you best not be pretending to be someone your not! Specially if you a guy pretending to be a girl vice Versa!

"Liking this? #TheCircle @Channel4 for an oldie I'm learning all the lingo ? just shows you can be whoever you want to be on social media ?.

"Oh god help me ! I can feel it in my bones , I’m going to be addicted to this ? this & big brother & the rest of my guilty pleasures ?? FML ? #TheCircle.

"Loving #thecircle already❤️."

Contestants Genelle, Aiden, Freddie, Dan, Jennifer, Sian, Mitchell and Alex met each other tonight through the programme and ranked each other out of five.

Alex, who is playing as his girlfriend Kate scored highest with an average of 3.28, closely followed by Dan with 3.14.

Winner Alex invited Mitchell to a private hang out, with the latter thrilled to be asked out by a"hot date".

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