Reality TV is Good For You
One of the biggest couch potatoes in Britain today, pop culture polemicist, Julie Burchill has watched a lot of Reality TV.
And she loves it.
Now after watching the disgraceful sight of fat cat celebs dissing reality TV after pocketing their massive pay cheque, Sky One’s very own angry young woman answers back and mounts her defence of the entire reality genre.
Our Julie, in her incredible irascible style, calls a halt to the whining of Z list celebs and so-called intellectuals like Germaine Greer who liken Celebrity Big Brother to ‘a fascist prison’. Its not, she argues, its great TV - and we should all be grateful for it. And, argues Burchill, so should Germaine who continues to whine about ‘televised bullying where people are manipulated deprived of food and mental support’.
Burchill’ll prove that far from being the end of quality TV, our obsessions with the world of reality TV proves we’ve never had it so good. You might not want to admit it, but you’ve been watching it for years (remember It’s a Royal Knockout or Children In Need?) and this phenomenon is here to stay.
Julie continues to argue that, for once, we – the viewers - love having the power over celebrities, able to cast them into obscurity if they don’t do their job of entertaining us. They can be mad, bad and dangerous to live with, but to viewers their only crime is to be boring.
A classic authored doc, Julie Burchill will argue her polemic whilst also revelling in classic moments from the format that’s taken over TV in the shape of Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, The Farm, Hell’s Kitchen and, of course, the original Big Brother here and around the world.
We will also hear from of some of the most notorious or sad celebs who have tried to conquer reality and Julie finds out whether it was worth the personal confessions, the giving in to their insane behaviour and the gruelling, humiliating tasks they went through just to win their daily bread.
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