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   News & Clips | Week 5
Here are the news stories for Week 5 of the first sailing of the Ark, covering Days 28-34. Here are the highlights of the week...
  • Paul tries to volunteer for the plank
  • Sunday service plagued by sexist remarks from Simon and Paul
  • Simon is sixth arkmate to hit the water
  • Romeo and Juliet performed in Ark's new theatre
  • Samson walks the plank, Martha mourns
  • Paul completes writing 3 Corinthians
  • Birthday bash in the bar
  • Arkmates attempt to heal T-Rex with song and dance
  • Esther and John flirt in the Crow's Nest
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Esther and John: budding romance?
Esther and John: budding romance?
Day 34 (24 May) – The relationship between Esther and John took a new twist when John revealed a dream to make Freud blush. more...
Nul points for arkmates' musical Nul points for arkmates' musical "healing"
Day 34 (24 May) – As the Ark's resident T-rex continued to look poorly, the arkmates offer the coughing creature food, drink and dancing. more...
Paul completes Third Epistle to the Corinthians
Paul completes Third Epistle to the Corinthians
Day 33 (23 May) – Paul, aware he may be forced to leave the Ark at any time, has now brought his Third Epistle to the Corinthians to a close. more...
Par-tay!
Par-tay!
Day 34 (24 May) – The arkmates entered the study today to find it all set up for an impromptu birthday party – complete with Twister. more...
Wheezing with dinosaurs
Wheezing with dinosaurs
Day 33 (23 May) – Down on the animal deck, the health of the Ark's Tyrannosaurus Rex continues to deteriorate. more...
Samson walks the plank!
Samson walks the plank!
Day 33 (23 May) – Even biblical strongman Samson couldn't fight the vote tonight when he was told to walk the plank by Ark viewers worldwide. more...
Plank nominations: another four-way tie!
Plank nominations: another four-way tie!
Day 32 (22 May) – Once again the arkmates have nominated four people to go forward for the public vote, to see who's going to walk the plank. more...
Arkmates re-enact classic love story
Arkmates re-enact classic love story
Day 32 (22 May) – With the Ark's living room transformed into a theatre, the arkmates performed a truly original version of Romeo and Juliet. more...
Holy Trinity: Esther learns kung fu
Holy Trinity: Esther learns kung fu
Day 31 (21 May) – The arkmates goggled in amazement as Esther revealed she's been practising kung-fu in secret. more...
Post-plank interview with Simon Peter
Post-plank interview with Simon Peter
Day 30 (20 May) – Simon became the sixth arkmate to walk the plank. Rosie Telford, who played him, talks about her time onboard. more...
Staggering with dinosaurs
Staggering with dinosaurs
Day 31 (21 May) – In the last few days, the state of the Ark's dinosaur has raised concerns. The T-Rex has looked more than a little peaky. more...
Simon Peter unmasked as a woman!
Simon Peter unmasked as a woman!
Day 30 (20 May) – Large stones make the biggest splash – as Simon found out tonight. We now reveal he was played by Rosie Telford. more...
Simon Peter sees ghostly angel
Simon Peter sees ghostly angel
Day 30 (20 May) – Simon Peter shocked the arkmates by claiming to be followed around by a ghostly angel only he could see. more...
Ark apostles for the plank
Ark apostles for the plank
Day 29 (19 May) – Simon and Paul are both up for the plank, as the votes of their arkmates opened the possibility of them getting wet and salty. more...
Mary Mag in live interview, Monday night
Mary Mag in live interview, Monday night
Day 29 (19 May) – Breaking a two-day silence since walking the plank on Saturday, Maggie is interviewed live Monday night in the Ark Chat room. more...
Divine service stirs up gender war
Divine service stirs up gender war
Day 28 (18 May) – Today's divine service stirred up friction between the sexes, as Simon and Paul did a Beavis and Butthead act. more...
Esther: Esther: "I've had enough!"
Day 28 (18 May) – Sunday's divine service fiasco proved the last straw for Esther, after enduring a whole string of indignities on the Ark. more...
Paul volunteers for the plank
Paul volunteers for the plank
Day 28 (18 May) – In the crow's nest on Sunday, Paul revealed that he'd rather volunteer for the plank than see another of the arkmates go. more...
 
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