In all faith I cannot write this entry without a smile on my face. I never liked Big Brother, I never believed that it was a “Social Experiment”, I found it boring, repetitive and I thought it promoted celebrity for celebrity’s sake – all in all I found it to be a sad statement of our cultural identity.
Blimey – don’t I sound elitist? Perhaps! Look, I enjoy a bit of mindless fun – I’m a big fan of Hotel Babylon and Hustle, I can even happily waste half an hour watching a TV out-take show. But a full hour of a bunch of unknowns chatting about nonsense?
What consistently amazed me about Big Brothers success was that people would sit fixed to their screens in the knowledge that if anything truly outrageous or exciting happened that they wouldn’t get to see it anyway. The first time I was persuaded to watch “BB” I clearly remember watching 5mins footage of chickens clucking around a chicken pen – presumably the live feed having been cut off because something interesting (and un-broadcastable) was being aired.
In the interest of balance (not that I need to provide any in a blog post) I tried to think of any positives that have come from BB, George Galloway making an arse of himself? The public dismay and outcry at the racism? It’s a poor pick!
There is the chance now that some other broadcaster will pick up the show. Sky 1 perhaps, I’m sure they’d welcome the 2 Million viewers!
Commentators have spoken of the opportunity for Channel 4 to move forward and embrace new and original programming – after 10yrs that’s surely something to be welcomed, though with almost 200hrs of content to find it’s going to be a tall order.
Let’s hope they don’t roll out more WW2 and “Adult Industry” Documentaries… after-all that’s now the preserve of FIVE.