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Students get locked up for the weekend

9 March 10

12 students will spend 48 hours locked up this weekend at the University of Bradford for a reality radio programme.

'The Lockdown' will begin on Friday 12 March, 2010, when contestants will begin a weekend of completing tasks to increase the quality of their lifestyle whilst being locked up in the cell at the University's very own Theatre in the Mill.

Whilst in the cell contestants will take part in a number of debates surrounding student life at the University, competitions and be eligible for public voting which in turn could see them removed from 'The Lockdown'.

Potential contestants began auditioning to take part at the beginning of February in hope of being selected by 'The Lockdown' team to take part in the event.  Last week 12 successful students found out that they would be spending this weekend in the studio.

Executive Producer and PhD student, Andrew McSweeney, said: "This is the second Lockdown event we have held and we're really looking forward to it. Contestants will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of the competition and living in the studio for 48 hours with people they may not know.

"This year we intend the event to be bigger and better that last year with a few more suprises in store! It really is the Big Brother experience with a difference."

The competition, streamed live over the 48 hours on RamAir's website ( and broadcast on campus (1350AM), will end at 10pm on Sunday 14 March when the winner will be the last person out of 'The Lockdown' winning a brand new netbook. Other prizes including free takeaways from local companies in the area.

9 March 10

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