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The TFT Guide To... Exploitation TV

Recently, the US reality TV show Win the Green, which enables would-be immigrants to 'win' a green card (actually just access to an immigration lawyer) by taking part in Fear Factor-style stunts, was criticised for being exploitative. So what other shows can we expect from this new sub-genre of reality TV?

27 August 2004

1) It's A Sangatte Knockout. Desperate asylum seekers heading for the UK are turned into a hilarious TV show by forcing them to try and jump into the back of moving lorries while wearing giant foam rubber costumes.

2) Ready, Steady, Starve! Starving Sudanese are given the chance to win a three-course meal - but only if they can cook it in under 30 minutes while Ainsley Harriott prances around like the gurning minstrel he surely is.

3) I've Been Wrongfully Detained, Get Me Out of Here! Wholly innocent Arabs and Muslims compete to win their freedom from Guantanamo Bay. This week: Ali, a car mechanic from Yemen, attempts to see his wife and children again by crawling through a canvas tunnel full of creepy crawlies, rats and snakes with a waffle tied to his head.

4) Queer Eye for a Clinically Depressed Guy. A group of annoyingly trendy gay guys bitchily force clinically depressed people to undergo a makeover. The last contestant to throw themselves off a multi-storey car park wins a year's supply of moisturiser.

5) Noel's Crack House Party. Long-term crack addicts suffering withdrawal symptoms are forced to endure humiliations visited on them by Noel Edmonds, Mr Blobby and Freddie Starr. Will they be able to find those precious rocks of crack in the gunk tank before they start to have convulsions?

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