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TVJism: Reality apocalypse

15 June 2005

ITV recently demonstrated a bit of programming genius by commissioning a series of terrible reality shows, including Fat Families, Celebrity Wrestling and The Real Good Life, realising they were ratings disasters, axing them and replacing them with repeats of It'll Be Alright On The Night.

You can only wonder what other TV horrors have been inching along the sewer which is ITV programme development. The remarkable thing about ITV is that just when you think the lowest depths of rubbish have been reached, the network pulls something even more tacky and inane out the hat. We suspect that serious consideration has been given to the following ideas:

- The Real Never The Twain: Two incredibly uninteresting middle- aged bachelors share a house, with unremarkable results. Has Nigel remembered to pick up some milk? Will Steve have a can of lager before he goes to bed? Have ITV executives really got so little respect for their viewers?


- Divorced Families: Paul Ross brings together couples who've been through bitter, acrimonious divorces, and makes them go through a series of humiliating physical challenges in order to win custody of their children.


- Celebrity Paedophilia: Jonathon King and Gary Glitter head up two teams of kiddie fiddlers tasked with molesting the most children in order to win a holiday, in a show that really has reached the bottom of the barrel. Until the next 'brainstorming' meeting at ITV...



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