I understand that there is concern about fake television shows.
Last week Gordon Ramsay was criticised for not catching a fish (I’ve not caught a fish either but have thus far escaped censure from the tabloid press) this week Bear Grills (a man named after what he eats during the filming of his programme) has been criticised for not living in the wild while filming his show “Born Survivor” and occasionally going to hotels. Additionally, some of the things he does have been tested by a crew in advance to make sure he doesn’t die or look too stupid.
Well, there you go. Who’d have thought that some stuff on the telly wasn’t real? The next thing they’ll be telling me that The Roly Mo Show isn’t a fly on the wall documentary about a psychedic mole whose best friend is a blue frog and who lives in a library, receives regular visits from his two tone pink mole niece and shares his abode with two dancing mice; that Eastenders isn’t some sort of promotional work by The Samaritans to make us all feel a bit better about our lives; and that Doctor Who is made up and that people can’t really glow and float when you chant their name into a mobile phone network.
PS I watched the golf listening to the radio commentary so I didn’t have to endure Peter Allis and his view of humanity (I turned off when he seemed to refer to KJ Choi on Saturday as inscrutable but that may just have been my imagination). After quite an exciting afternoon as players hit disaster on the burns around the course, quote of the week came from Patrick Harrington who as the end credits rolled asked his father if he could keep ladybirds in the claret jug.
Coming soon – Goldenballs – a critical analysis