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Have you read the quote from former winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Christopher Biggins, this week about how he feels reality TV is becoming increasingly harsh and cruel in a bid to gain ever better ratings?
‘As demand for ever more degrading and brutal TV grows, I don’t think it is far-fetched to think that one day somebody will die on screen,’ he said.
Having watched the near breakdown of comedian Brian Conley on this year’s I’m A Celebrity – forced to quit the show due to exhaustion and malnutrition – it seems Biggins’ analysis might not be as extreme as it first appears. The poor man was filmed sobbing his heart out and clearly failing to cope with the jungle experience.
And who could forget the previous meltdowns of Vanessa Feltz and Les Dennis on Celebrity Big Brother or, worse still, seeing politician George Galloway in a leotard pretending to be a cat? Biggins’ word ‘degrading’ seems apt indeed!
Perhaps now is the time to take TV making in a kinder direction lest we find a fictional scenario such as The Hunger Games coming ever closer?
Then again, if we the viewers are drawn to watching the discomfort of others – around 10 million a night are currently tuning in to watch the celebs face all manner of revolting horrors in the jungle – there is clearly no incentive for programme makers to change direction? They are merely responding to audience demand.
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