You only have to look at reality TV shows like Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity and Survivor to see how entertainment is frequently derived out of shoving people into an inhospitable environment.
With the huge success of Lost it's in vogue again on TV, so we take a look at all those people who've been locked up, exiled, trapped or found themselves out of their element, from The Time Tunnel and Doctor Who to Battlestar Galactica, Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Voyager
With the first season now over on Channel 4, we take a look at the mysteries which remain and try to solve a few of them. How does Hurley keep his weight up? What's under the hatch? Is Locke really a robot? Anything's possible…
Life on Mars
As Noughties cop Sam Tyler tries to work out how he's become lost in Time and trapped in 1973, we get the inside story of the hit new BBC1 series from the cast and crew
Doctor Who (2000s)
With the second season of the relaunched series coming up, we present a guide to what's happened so far, and background on the returning Cybermen, K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith
The writer/creators of BBC2's Sci-Fi comedy, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, discuss the genesis of the series, their hopes for a second run and the why the crew will never return home to Earth
Star Trek: Voyager
Genre veteran Robert Picardo looks back on his days as the Doctor on board Voyager and at his more recent work in a variety of TV shows, including The 4400, Masters of Horror, E-Ring and Stargate SG-1.
Intentionally getting yourself banged up doesn't sound like a good idea, but for Michael Scofield it's the only way to stop his brother, Lincoln Burrows, from being executed. The cast and crew give their views on the break-out hit of the season
Actor William Fichtner explains that his character, Sheriff Tom Underlay, might not be the personification of evil he first appears. Is the first alien hybrid to arrive in Homestead working for the greater good?
Producer and director Jon Paré looks back on his seven-year association with the magical drama, rates the episodes he directed, and looks ahead to the show's possible conclusion at the end of this season
Having proved his writing credentials on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Drew Goddard is now helping tell the final stories of Sydney Bristow - and, he says, there are some big shocks coming up in it…
We conclude our complete guide to The X-Files with a look at Seasons Six through to Nine, and push on through the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh years of magical mayhem on Charmed.