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Peter Andre - The Next Chapter
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Peter Andre - The Next Chapter
Date: 20/12/09, updated on 14/02/11 (172 review reads)
Advantages: Putting some of the press stories straight
Disadvantages: Over-exposure for the children
Following on from the sheer human tragedy of witnessing the final throws of the Jade Goody story being played out in the full glare of the cameras, you would hope that somehow the TV executives would finally start to call time on the access all areas trivialisation of real life, on the flimsy justification of some kind of celebrity status.
The mercilessly over-publicised breakup of Peter Andre and Katie Price (aka Jordan), would in any remaining kind of rational universe, surely have given rise to them taking time out to put their differences to one side and for the sake of their children , staying out of the limelight for at least a period of reflection.
Sadly, yet again, it seems that warts and all "reality TV" remains hell bent on diving head first over the cliff edge of reason.
~~~~Two for the "Price" of one~~~
The truth is that considering that pretty much ever since their "fairytale romance" on ITV's hit jungle celebrity career survival circus freakshow "I'm a celebrity get me out of here", the pair have been plastered all over ITV2,the TV cameras were never going to stop rolling for something as 'trivial' as full scale marriage break down.
He was a washed up pop-star, she the glamour girl turned promotional machine. In so many ways it was a match made in publicity heaven. In three series, they ruthlessly milked every second of the spotlight, like some kind of low budget supermarket own brand version of Posh and Becks.
So once again the producers at ITV2 must have been rubbing their hands with glee when both of them decided to sign up to two programs, in a tit-for-tat extravaganza of sorts.
Predictably, first to the documentary punch was Katie with "What Katy did next?" squarely aimed at getting her side of the last few months out there first.
Parading her new kickboxing man Alex Reed, making light of his filmmaking indiscretions and penchant for ladies clothes, it was the full-scale Jordan express. Book signings, paparazzi baiting, behind the scenes pleadings about why am I being portrayed as the bad girl, there was very little time left for her to fit in those minor little details you know like her kids and their wellbeing.
~~~~Peter without the Pan~~~~
In contrast, it's certainly a lot easier to watch the 6 one hour episode adventures of Peter Andre, filmed from July this year, which aired on ITV2 at 9pm every Thursday for a few weeks after the "Price is wrong".
Put simply, things just don't seem quite as orchestrated for the cameras, he really comes across as a good dad who naturally goofs around with the kids.
The series kicks off with him at least on a professional level in positive mood, getting a new record contract, and publicising his album Revelation.
As you would expect the show does give him the chance to clear up some of the rumours surrounding the break-up. Contrary to the speculation, there's no mystery girlfriend, no plans in progress to write a full scale, no holds barred tell-all autobiography in time for the Christmas sales rush.
When he's interviewed by the times newspaper he insists on talking about his new single not the split.
During one of the later shows, we see an interview with Jonathan Ross where Pete flatly refuses to rake up any more dirt in front of the cameras. He simply explains that he will always love her as the mother of his children, and will never hate her.
His PA / manager back stage explained how good it was to see Pete having the interview chair to himself, after being totally upstaged in all the previous joint appearances. She comments tellingly - "That's not being disrespectful to Jordan but she did take over any conversation."
At another promotional press conference, he does concede that he is now ready for a new partner. In stark contrast to Katie's in-your-face antics with Alex, makes it clear that when eventually a new partner comes on to the scene she will be introduced gradually as one of his friends to the kids. Once again, to his credit, he categorically refuses to comment on Katie's situation.
~~~The final chapter?~~~
This series is rounded off with Peter actually finding a great deal of satisfaction with his achievements on a professional level , with his comeback album achieving wide spread recognition and his album achieving Gold status and even heading towards platinum. On top of that he has sold out a 36 -date tour, and landed a regular job working as a showbiz reporter on This Morning.
It also sees him in reflective mood as he meets a little girl critically ill in hospital who is a huge fan of him. The meeting really seems to put his well documented difficulties into focus. Talking to the little girl, knowing that she looks up to him, asking her to smile, because "you know what" the more you smile the more mummy and daddy smile. It's not about the albums the signings, making a kids wish come true really puts it into perspective. (Personally I wish he'd stop saying "you know what" at every opportunity but that's probably being a bit harsh in the circumstances.)
He is very clear that his priority is to spend precious time with the kids.
Meanwhile "Jord of the Jungle" seems hell bent on trying to shock us into paying her the attention she feels she deserves, going back to the Celebrity set to apparently find closure, in the company of a few more blood sucking leeches and the like.
For me that's essentially the equivalent of going on Jeremy Kyle to resolve the major issues in your life. Alas therein lies the tale. Wherever there is a willing audience, and willing participants there is always a market. The money making treadmill is in full operation and woe betide anyone who halts its progress.
One thing that is clear is that everyone has choices about how they conduct themselves in the public eye. Where young children are involved, sadly they have no such choice. There must remain some boundaries which should never be crossed.
Whatever their differences, Katie and Peter must both accept that their fundamental responsibility is to their children.
However many chapters they write and perform, all that really matters is their kids' future- end of story.
Summary: Time out please!