Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Jeremy Kyle: TV To Be Ashamed Of

Recently, a guest on TV's Jeremy Kyle Show hit the presenter in the head with a heavy envelope containing DNA test results which proved he was the father of his girlfriend's baby. Hurled from behind with great force, the envelope's edge caught Kyle around the ear.

Clearly shaken, Kyle turned to confront his guest who threatened to "knock him out." Two bouncers stepped in to calm the situation before it escalated, unfortunately.

The man, named only as Kev, and his girlfriend Elana appeared on an episode called, "Will our relationship survive two lie detector tests and a DNA test." Not included were tests such as general knowledge.

To find suitable guests for his programme, Kyle drives to run-down areas in an ice-cream van full of crack. He parks outside Pound Shops and Cash Converters, laying nets and handing out tickets and drugs. Two weeks later, presto - on one side of the studio a group of fat ugly people, all related and all sleeping with each other; on the other a baying, prurient audience. Kyle stands between them taking the piss and generally, nobody gets it. But every so often it can be a risky business for the pint-sized personality which is why, just out of shot, the bodyguards are on call to protect him. That, and the added dramatic effect if they have to act.

Really, even ITV should be ashamed. The whole purpose of the Jeremy Kyle Show is to present a morbid and depressing succession of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil. The programme titillates viewers who have nothing better to do with their afternoons than to sit and watch a human form of bear-baiting, which inexplicably goes under the guise of entertainment.

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