Reality TV - To watch or not to watch?
10th September 2009
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 As I’m sure many of you (myself included) will be sick of even hearing about Big Brother, it may have come as a nice surprise last Friday that we have now endured the last series.


 Channel 4 finally made the long overdue decision to axe it, as it has now cottoned on that watching a bunch of attention-seeking wannabes sitting in a house looking for their 15 minutes of fame isn’t very entertaining.


 Reality TV has changed, though I’m not sure it’s for the better. Now we’re stuck with the likes of the delightful (I’m being sarcastic!) Katie Price and the decidedly boring Peter Andre, who are no longer content to throw insults at each other in public but must now make entire television programmes about the whole sorry story.


I’m putting my faith in the good people of Britain here when I say most of us really don’t care and wish they would leave our television screens forever.  Yes, now we are inundated with the same old thing, whether it’s Simon Cowell telling another deluded “singer” to go home or “celebrities” ice skating, dancing and generally making fools out of themselves.


Actually, now I think about it, reality TV shows past and present like the X Factor, American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent are only really entertaining during the auditions. It’s a sad fact that people never get bored of watching someone else either fail miserably or surprise us all- Susan Boyle, I’m talking about you!  I really did feel very sorry for her; I couldn’t understand why people didn’t even try to hide the fact they were all laughing at her. However, I must admit I stuck with Britain’s Got Talent right through to the end because it celebrates talent rather than people trying to be famous for no reason. I also tried watching America’s Got Talent but then discovered “talent” was a bit of an overstatement- some of the acts in the semi-finals just didn’t cut it.


No, reality shows aren’t really my thing, I’d much rather be sat in front of the box watching silly but entertaining programmes like Waking The Dead or The Tudors with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream!

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Isabella B

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