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Truly Terrible TV, But Addictive!
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Member Name: fiisch
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Advantages: Compelling viewing, Voyueristic pleasures from getting a peak behind closed doors
It's 9.25am on a weekday morning, maybe you're supposed to be at work, or at least doing something far more productive. GMTV's just finished. You know you should change over and watch something more intellectually stimulating, but there's something strangely gripping about the Jeremy Kyle Show. It's car crash TV, as we derive a sick pleasure from watching people's lives fall apart before our eyes.
As a student for three years, I have watched more than my fair share of Jeremy Kyle. Of course, back then, I would watch the 1.30pm showing on ITV2, as I crawled bleary-eyed and hungover from my squalid pit. Indeed, I am a little ashamed to confess I even become slightly obsessed, and even went to watch the show being made last year.
Entering the studio, I was amazed at how small the set appeared. Will (the man who walks out to hand Jeremy the DNA/Lie Detector Results) warmed up the crowd, telling jokes and generally making people feel more at ease. Then, the man himself walked into the room. He oozed charisma, drawing everyone's attention to him. He undoubtedly has "star quality", and continued the jovial atmosphere Will had started. Much to my horror, he even picked me out from the crowd - probably my mistake for wearing a T-shirt with slogan. "Is that your girlfriend sat with you?" he asked. He asked a few further questions, before asking if we were engaged, to which I informed him we were not. "That," he said with a wicked gleam in his eye addressing my girlfriend, "is because he is still shagging your sister!"
Then, five minutes later, from this flippant comedy, we witnessed live a mother disown her daughter. The contrast in feelings was incredible. Whether this was deliberate to heighten the audience's reactions I do not know. The whole experience was very bizaare, but one that I would fully recommend!
Many people will not admit to enjoying Jeremy Kyle, but I think he needs to whip out the Lie Detector Test on most of the British public! It's addictive TV. You know you shouldn't, you reach for the remote, but then you check the house is empty, close the curtains, and settle back to truly trashy TV!
Summary: Many may love it, but few will admit to it!