Huzzah! Big Brother is finally dead.
Although I loved the idea and watched avidly back when BB first began, over subsequent years the producers took the programme nowhere and it just became an annual excuse to round-up the most vacuous bunch of wannabes they could and stick them all in a house to be gawped at for weeks on end.
The ‘celebrity’ ones were just as bad – filled with people desperately trying to revive their flagging careers by sitting around and doing nothing.
The Big Brother idea had such huge potential as a social experiment. I would have liked to see a house full of pensioners; a house full of deaf people or a house where one of the contestants was a really lovely dog (whose nominations would have been selected by public vote).
A house full of people with uber-high IQ’s would have been interesting, or a group of people who couldn’t speak the same language, but no, all they gave us year after year were bitchy exhibitionists and there’s only so much screaming at plastic-titted numbnuts on Channel 4 you can do before you feel the need to switch over to BBC2 and scream at politicians on Newsnight instead.
The only contestant I ever really liked was John Tickle – a man who knew how to keep himself entertained without resorting to bitching and who seemed to have some grey matter between his ears. And I have to confess that I couldn’t help feeling a twinge of sympathy for Chantelle this past week or so. I know it was her decision to go in there again but it can’t have been easy living with her former husband who she obviously still has so much feeling for.
There were far too many over the years that I hated and besides, I wouldn’t want to give them any more googleability by sullying my site with their names. I’m sure you’ve got many of the same people on your list.
I wonder what Channel 4 has in mind to fill the enormous gap in the schedule left by Big Brother’s exit. Hopefully they’ll try to earn back their once great reputation and make more series on a par with Misfits (buy the DVD if you missed it – best drama series to come out of the UK for years).