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Who You Gonna Call? - The Jeremy Kyle Show
The Jeremy Kyle Show
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The Jeremy Kyle Show
Advantages: Good insight into the social issues of today
Disadvantages: The same sort of stories are constantly being covered
The Jeremy Kyle Show is a daytime talk show and has been broadcast on ITV1 since July 2005. I must admit that I do enjoy watching the show when I can and have always found it quite intriguing. The show addresses a number of social issues ranging from infidelity and DNA results to domestic violence and lie detector results. The show also helps to raise awareness of the impact of modern day issues such as knife crime and gang activity.
The show is broadcast Monday to Friday on ITV1 between 09:25 and 10:30. The show covers three stories per episode with the first story usually being reserved for the most complex or those with the most shocking titles.
The show is repeated on ITV2 with a double bill starting at 13:30 and then again on ITV2+1 at 14:30. The first episode in the afternoon slot is a repeat of the show that morning while the second episode tends to be an older repeat.
I must admit that I admire Jeremy Kyle's approach to the guests that come onto the show. He ensures that each guest has the opportunity to portray their point of view and often says "there are always two sides to every story". His straight talking is meant as a wake up call for the guests as often there are underlying problems such as alcoholism or drug abuse behind the main story.
Jeremy introduces each story with sensitivity and as the story unravels gets to the root of the issue using his no nonsense approach. The show has caused some controversy in the past with a guest being sentenced for head butting another guest during a heated argument on stage.
Love him or loathe him, I think that Jeremy genuinely wants to help people while raising awareness of the social issues that are affecting our communities today. I think that the only downside to the show is that a lot of the same themes are covered time and again but this applies to any of the TV talk shows.
Graeme is the show's psychotherapist and is often referred to as the 'Genius' by the host. He and his team work closely with the guests once the cameras have stopped filming to put steps in place to help them overcome the issues featured in the show. The show sometimes produces 'guest catch up' episodes and it is remarkable to see how some of the guests have managed to turn their lives around with the help from the show. Needless to say, not all guests manage to resolve their issues.
Every now and again, the show features stories about people who have really had to battle against the odds in their daily lives. These stories sometimes involve children who have had to brave major surgery or guests that have to live with a severe disability. The guests always have a really positive outlook on life which makes them so inspirational. I guarantee you will always need a box of tissues to hand when watching these.
Despite the criticisms about the show, Jeremy Kyle seems to be going from strength to strength. The show is fast approaching the 1000th episode which will be broadcast on 25 march 2010 and ITV announced in January that a pilot series will be created for the United States.
Summary: Not bad to watch while doing the ironing