How many series of Big Brother are to be made by Endemol here in the UK? Please, somebody tell me that I am not alone in thinking that it ran its course years ago?
When it first appeared on our TVs it was almost laboratorical. A bunch of guinea pigs thrown in a house whilst we all watched them for 10 weeks. What really made it compelling was that they all seemed to be normal everyday people. Sure, they were very aware that they were being filmed and their daily lives broadcast to the public but they got on with their "living in a box" experiment. All of which made for unmissable viewing. Finding out that "Nasty Nick" had sneaked a pencil in to the house and was writing things down in an attempt to influence public voting in the competition was fantastic TV.
However, nine series later and the Big Brother production team seem to be concerned about offending the Oxford English Dictionary editorial staff regarding definitions of the word "diverse". when choosing BB contenstants now, a varying selection of backgrounds isn't enough. It seems that to get short listed as a contestant on BB you must posess a quality that is far from "run of the mill". Contestants qualities these days appear to be from the outer fringes of society. Sex changes, schizophrenia and chlosterophbia aren't enough anymore.
The result of this is that the average age of viewers and voters is now much lower than it was in 2000. Additionally, the contestants rarely go on to do anything else useful in the public eye. Some contestants from the original series have gone on to have successful careers in the media whereas now, current contestants can enjoy being ridiculed by the tabloids whilst still in the houes as stories about how they were fat as children or bullies or how they slept with everyone in their office prior to joining the show appear in the print media and, as each of them get evicted they can then make a quick few bucks selling "their story" back to one of the newspapers that slagged them off for the previous couple of weeks.
Big Brother was named after the all-seeing character in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. This was appropriate at first but the "social laboratory" aspect of the show has long since vanished. Maybe the show should be renamed "Rubbish live footage of soon-to-be Y-list celebs" or better yet stop making it and just show re-runs of Friends. Hang on, C4 have done the second part of that already - its called E4! Ok, just switch it all off then...