AN ONCHAN woman is to become the Island s latest TV star in a mysterious new Channel 5 game show billed as the ultimate whodunnit .

Jo-anna Corlett, 34, is one of 10 people selected to take part in The Mole which hits TV screens tonight at 8pm.

The show, from production company Action Time, follows five men and five women who are taken away on an adventure of a lifetime.

At first, they have no idea where they are going, or what they will do. They also have no idea that one of the 10 is different. One of the 10 is a plant, a saboteur. That person is The Mole, said a Channel 5 spokesman.

The Mole s job is simple: they must disrupt the endeavours of the group, and stop them winning the money. The Mole has been specially selected by the show s producers and their identity is a closely guarded secret.

Jo-anna, who works as a designer and artist, and her fellow contestants filmed the series last summer in Jersey and the south of France.

The group, aged between 20 and 57, is given a variety of physically demanding and psychologically draining challenges.

For each one successfully completed, the contestants win money which goes into a group kitty.

A prize fund of up to 200,000 is up for grabs but only the overall winner can claim the cash.

At the end of each episode, all the competitors and The Mole have to complete a questionnaire.

Whoever is furthest from the truth is eliminated immediately and flown straight home.

The series culminates in an eighth show with the three survivors unveiled as the winner, the loser and the mole, respectively.

Jo-anna is not allowed to talk to the press until tonight s first episode has been screened.

It seems she is in it to win it although she could always turn out to be The Mole.

I m a person who is unafraid of life, feeling fear but doing it anyway, someone who uses initiative and zen-like focus and always plays to win, she told the show s producers.

Channel 5 put the show, presented by former Coronation Street star Glenn Hugill, in the Cluedo mould, describing it as the ultimate who-dunnit.

It originated in Belgium and last year won the Golden Rose of Montreux, Europe s top television accolade.

Island residents hoping to tune into The Mole need to have satellite or digital television to access Channel 5.

Jo-anna s TV appearance follows hot on the heels of Island resident Trish Prater, who hit the headlines in BBC documentary, Castaway 2000.

Trish, 38, and her two children, returned to the Isle of Man last week after 12 months stranded on a remote Scottish island with 34 other people from around Britain.

She is pregnant by fellow castaway Trevor Kearon, 35, of Liverpool.

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