When TV goes bad…

Big Brother is one of those ideas that look good on paper. Lock a dozen people in a house televised 24h. Get them to do embarrassing things, stupid tasks and argue about food. Get the public to vote someone out every week.

Now in it’s 8th year here in the UK, Big Brother still rates pretty highly. So, to me, there’s no need to expose the public to the annual torture that is Celebrity Big Brother. This is where you lock a dozen W to Z-List celebrities in the same house for 2-3 weeks, and make them do embarrasing things…

Celeb BB started last night.

I make it a point of watching (or, more accurately, flicking channels – because I can’t stand the presenter) the first show to see who goes into the house. That usually turns me off watching any more! I’m proud to say that I’ve never seen a BB programme all the way through. But this years celebrities deserve a comment…

Firstly there was Jermaine Jackson. Yep, THE Jermaine Jackson, from the Jackson 5. He’d never seen the show, he’s expected to have trouble surviving without his servants, and he expected all the other people to know who he was (naturally), so he didn’t introduce himself.

Following Jermaine, some woman who had the Miss Britain title taken away from her cause she was bonking one of the judges. *shrug* I’ve never seen her before or heard the story either. No, that’s fine, don’t tell me.

Then, acclaimed and brilliant director, Ken Russell (he directed The Who’s TOMMY and the controversial Women in Love). Only God knows why he’d consent to this.

Leo Sayer is in there. He should add a bit of colour.

A female bollywood star – apparently the most famous one. The woman who used to be on the Kenny Everitt Show in the early 1980’s. A tabloid newspaper columnist. The blonde female singer from S-Club 7. The blonde male singer from Steps. And some ‘living-rock-n-roll-lifestyle’ dude from dodgy rock act, Towers of London – nope I haven’t heard of them either. See what I mean about Z-list?

And for the final hurrah – wait for it – Dirk Benedict! Yep – ‘Starbuck’ of Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team‘s ‘Face Man’. I’m trying to imagine how much he’s being paid, since he’s had a somewhat reclusive life since the late 1980’s.

So – these 11 people are locked in the house for a total of 24 days. And this is supposed to be compelling viewing. *sigh*

What happened to intelligent television? Remember when TV used to make you think? Most programming now just seems to make me cringe. No wonder I’ve got so many DVDs.

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About Miss J

Gen-x Australian female - out of my mind and my country. Cast adrift, as it were :) Enjoys: cat-cuddling, books, movies, music, theatre, travel, rpgs, cricket, F1 racing and all things to do with the sea..
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