Advantages The voyeuristic pleasures of a life lived vicariously
Disadvantages The shame, oh the shame
So lets get you up to speed…In a nutshell the Channel 4 show ‘Big Brother’ takes a group of twelve strangers and places them together in a house for ten weeks. The house is full of cameras allowing us (by us I mean the general public, not you and me specifically – but if you want to come round to mine that’s fine, I’ve got Doritos) to watch their every move. Each week the housemates nominate their two least favourite fame hungry wannabes and then we vote off least appealing nominee. At the end of ten weeks of drinking, shouting and ‘no sex please we’re British’ the winner gets a big cash prize and fifteen minutes of uncertain fame followed by a lifetime of dubious notoriety.
After the lukewarm reception to last year’s uneventful Big Brother (entertaining if only for Matt Damon lookalike Scott) BB5 is taking no chances. A few weeks ago as millions of gormless viewers feared the impending end of their beloved ‘Friends’ (the television equivalent of a lobotomy) Channel
- Would they recreate Zimbardo’s 1973 prison experiment, except run it for ten weeks?- Are they replacing the Diary Room with a giant man-eating spider?
- Would the ten week incarceration be skipped and instead the cameras follow the post BB humiliation roller coaster of public appearances, cheap premieres and a nation's ambivalence?- Or, will they not give someone their suitcase?
Unfortunately we now know the evilness only stretched as far as the suitcase confiscation, which is less ‘evil’ and more everyday trip to the airport annoyance.Perhaps they shouldn’t have raised our expectations so high, maybe ‘Naughty BB’ or ‘Annoying BB’ or ‘I’m going to sing a song that’ll get on the housemates’ nerves BB’ would have been a more reasonable goal. So far Big Brother’s ‘evilness’ has extended to:
- Kitten not having her suitcase for one whole week- Threatening to evict one of the other housemates for Kitten’s rule breaking and then evicting…Kitten.
- Feeding the housemates jelly and ice cream all day disguised (in an ingenious ruse) as a children’s party, then spending the evening forcefully spinning them round on a merry-go-round – OK that one was pretty funny.- Emma and Michelle being ‘evicted’ only to be relocated to the secret onsite ‘BB Bedsit’ where they will spend the next week, working for Big Brother and watching their former housemates 24 hours a day (like most slack jawed E4 viewers) before returning next week to face their back stabbers. (Granted this is quite a good plan, if Davina’s mic hadn’t stayed open last night allowing the housemates to hear the word ‘bedsit’ and Dan completely accurately guessing what was going on – whoops methinks a Sound Engineer is getting his P45 round about now)
Nothing so far seems to be as evil or emotionally manipulative as BB3’s rich/poor divide…but we’re only two weeks in and time will tell.
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|How good are the presenters?||Ordinary|
|How does it compare to similar programmes?||Good|
|Is it funny?||Regularly|
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