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      20.11.2009 16:02
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      Trisha Goddard offers the public the chance to air their dirty laundry

      There seem to be a large number of programmes dedicated to solving other people's domestic problems. The US had it big with shows such as Jerry Springer, Maury, etc, where people would come on and air their dirty laundry for all to see. Over here, we have taken it on as addictive TV, with Jeremy Kyle and Trisha probably leading the way.

      Trisha is quite a believable woman in terms of her commitment to genuinely trying to make people's lives better. Each show, someone will come on who has experienced problems at home, whether it be a cheating partner or an unsure parental test. Ultimately, I find it hard to work out why on earth you would ever want to go on national TV to get these sorts of things solved. However, it can be so addictive, and most of the time I find that if I stop to watch a few minutes, it generally tends to hook me in until at least the next ad break.

      One other thing that Trisha tends to emply is the use of a lie detector test. This serves to provide a nearly 100% accuracy rating on whether someone is telling the truth or not. Generally, you find that someone has told a porky pie and has cheated with someone else at some point, but equally as powerful are the reactions when it turns out someone has been telling the truth.

      Similar are the paternity test results that are often on the show, with various degrees of reactions. They range from the distraught to the angry, the relieved and thankful. The important thing, which is quite good, is that through it all, Trisha remains a brilliant shoulder to cry on for any of the guests, and quite often this is necessary.

      I do tend to avoid all shows like this, and so it's really not a programme that I look for or would actually choose to watch. However, if I'm flicking and it's on, then the addictive nature of people watching kind of kick in and I can't help myself. I like Trisha as a presenter. She doesn't get quite so angry as Jeremy Kyle and she doesn't seem to enjoy the friction and entertainment value as much as Springer did. It's quite good compared to other similar shows, but still not a genre of TV programme I would normally choose to watch. Trisha airs on Channel 5 at 1045 in the morning. I believe they aren't currently making new shows, but are repeating old ones. This doesn't change my viewpoint on it. If you like these sorts of shows, then Trisha is a good one to go for. If you don't, beware the addictive viewing trap!

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        27.07.2009 18:55
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        a programme I'll make a point of missing thanks

        Since being ill I've watched much more TV than usual especially during the day & wonder why we have to pay sucha lot for the privilege of having television in our homes. Not only have I had to watch Jeremy Kyle & Jerry Springe but the Trish Show! I guess I could have switched off but to be honest I couldn't believe how bad they were so ended up really concentrating on them in case I'd got it wrong - no - I decided I'd got it right - dreadful TV in my humble opinion.

        I used to watch Trish years ago & must admit I quite liked her shows & her personality but what went wrong? Moving from channel 3 to 5 may have meant a change in producers but I used to think Trish was more intelligent than to take on these newer & often embarrassingly bad programmes.

        I think the main problem is the production team who invite such ridiculous guests onto the stage, the second problem is Trish herself who seems to have changed personality, the third one is the guests - all the ones I've viewed look like they've been rejected by the Jeremy Kyle show & finally the audience who spend all their time booing, shouting out & reminding me of MPs in the House of Commons.

        Topics usually include cheating on partners, who the real father of the baby is, family feuds etc. & Trish's patronising manner is really quite embarrassing - I never remember her being like this as she used to show empathy & sympathy towards her guests. From the 5/6 programmes I've watched I've found them cringingly bad.

        We don't get even get the exciting (lol) lie detector results just an 'expert's' interpretation of the guilty party's body language. There's a 'chill out' area where unruly guests can be sent as Trish's manner is less confronational that JK's.

        I know that Trish is a well educated woman & from what I've read she's a genuinely kind & pleasant personality who's suffered quite a lot over the years - I think she demeans herself by fronting this show.

        I hate to say it but if I HAD to watch a talk show I'd have to opt for Jeremy Kyle - what is the world coming to?!

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          17.07.2009 18:05
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          Maybe we'll go back to her when JK finishes in Feb 2010

          You can catch The Trisha Goddard show on Channel 5 at 10.30am Monday to Friday - conveniently straight after the Jeremy Kyle show on ITV.
          Trasha (yes thats on purpose) is the host, and guests with 'problems' appear on the stage to tell the audience and viewers at home, about them.
          Trash will then advise them to do the right thing in a trying-not-to-be-patronising-but-failing way.
          These type of shows are famous for their lie detectors and DNA tests - well it seems the trisha show is a bit low on funding as she uses a 'body-language expert' these days to detect the liars!!
          If you have seen the Jeremy Kyle show - the Trisha Show is like a tame version of that.

          Trish first hit the UK box on ITV's 'The Trisha Show' in 1998 and left in 2004 for a £1m contract with channel 5.
          This greedy change-over was her downfall IMO.
          Although the show format and subjects are similar, she made way for the king of daytime TV - Jeremy Kyle. Now her time at the top (of daytime trash) is over.

          MY EXPERIENCE
          I loved the Trisha show on ITV, they managed to get some funny stories and loads of chavs. I even went in the audience twice with different groups of friends. The ITV studio was in Norwich so it was a 7 hour coach trip there and back from Birmingham. (Shut up, Its a day out!)
          When you arrive you are told to go shopping in Norwich for a couple of hours (the town is gorgeous actually) then when you get back into the studio you get a free biscuit and cup of orange squash.
          You are then seated in the audience - people with bright vibrant clothes get to go at the front :-P and a man will come out to tell you what the 'stories of the day' are.
          On one occasion i actually wore a bright red Trisha t-shirt with a big picture of her face on the front and on the back "whos the daddy?" "the answers in the envelope"
          Of course i got picked on and was made to stand up and do a twirl to show everyone. (embarassing)
          In one of the stories we did actually witness a punch-up which was edited for the show, and just showed audience reactions!
          From the start of the show to the end lasted around 4 hours so go to the loo before.

          I think the channel 5 version is rubbish. The stories are tame, lame, and you can't help but feel sometimes they are getting the rejects from the JK show.

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            12.06.2009 14:29
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            Would not recommend

            Trisha or the Trisha Goddard show as it is currently know is the channel five equivilant of the The Jeremy Kyle show. Although it was originally on ITV 1, for a number of years, before Trisha moved her show to Channel Five and Jeremy Kyle was her replacement on ITV.

            The show like all of the same genre involves people that are looking for help with their problems, which in this case comes in the form of Trish. Therefore the show is pitted directly against The Jeremy Kyle show, although the shows are on at different times. As it always seemed that the guests were runnning the show, as unlike Jeremy Kyle Triasha does not seem to have control over her guests. As on the show that I watched there were ten securty guards to keep order, on Jeremy Kyle he would have thrown the guests off. Secondly, all the guests seem to do is bang on a door to be let in, rather than when Trisha wants to let them in.

            What amazes me is that the Jeremy Kyle show is berated as bear baiting, while nothing is said about the Trisha Goddard show, which in my opinion is even worst than Jeremy Kyle.

            The only reason I watched the show was because it followed directly after the Wright Stuff. I only watched the show a couple of times, and what I foudn was that it is not as good as the Jeremy Kyle Show, and that is saying something.

            One of the reasons why I foudn that I did not like the show is because of Trisha herself, as she always seems to potray herself as this high and might figure. This is almost in the same way that Jeremy Kyle acts, but at least he accepts that he also had problem and because of this seems to relate to some of his guests more.

            Secondly the guests are even more worst on Trisha than the Jeremy Kyle show, how that can be I do not know. When they try to reslove the problems of the guests they also seem to do it in a cheap way, instead of a lie detector, they employ a man to do this, which seem inaccurate and random.

            After watching the show for a couple of times I decided to give up, as I could not get on with the program.

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              09.06.2009 18:27
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              A 'chat show' with members of the public checking the DNA of kids or checking up on their partners!

              Trisha is a chat show on Channel 5 which ran from 1998-2005 in the mornings on ITV (now ITV1) and which has been renamed as Trisha Goddard upon moving to 5 (Now Five).

              The concept of the show is that it is a chat show which is hosted by Trisha Goddard, there will be people on the show who think that their other half has been cheated or stealing from them or that the baby they are bringing up isn't actually theirs. You will then see both sides of the story as in the partner and the person bringing them on the show and then they will discuss the reasons why and say that they've not done whatever it is etc and then a lie detector or DNA test is carried out and the results revealed (usually in a later show) and then you get to see the reactions of the people involved in the situation, usually either anger, leading to fighting, from the bad result or tears of joy and shouts of "I told you so" by women who probably weren't even sure who the father of the baby was or couldn't remember if they'd had a drunken one night stand!

              I don't really enjoy this show but I will watch it from time to time if there is nothing better for me to do, nowhere to go, no chores to be done or nobody to talk to on the phone or online! It currently airs at 10:45am on Channel Five throughout the week and this is quite a good time for Five to get viewers as it is just after the Jeremy Kyle show so people probably switch over from there to carry on with the poor man's viewing.

              I am rating the show 2/5 and that is being quite generous as although it does help to iron out differences amongst some people I just think in general these kind of shows bring out the worst in people and anyone decent who does go on the show is generally booed by the audience, catcalled or brought down harshly by the host. The only real saving grace which this show is that Trisha is quite pleasant most of the time when compared to Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer.

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                08.06.2009 13:43
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                I caught this on TV this morning, and although I hadn't seen this for ages, and I think remember last time I watched for a couple of minutes, I said I would never watch again. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and had this on in the background while I was writing, and I will not watch this again.

                This show is on Channel 5 Mondays-Fridays from 10.30am-11.30am. So roughly the show is 42 minutes long as it has 3 adverts breaks in it. It is a Show presented by Trisha Goddard. This show is the same type of format as Ricki Lake, Jerry Springer and Jeremy Kyle. So we basically have an English Man with a discussion show, and Trisha, who is an English Woman. I don't think Trisha is quite as condescending as Jeremy Kyle, but after just watching the show, she seems a bit more aggressive in her comments than what I remember.

                The show features members of the public trying to get some Chavvy problems sorted. The typical problems are things like people sleeping with other people, people who don't know if they are a baby's dad, drugs and violence. it is mainy around sex issues, and I personally wouldn't go on tv to declare that my boyfriend had cheated on me, or if I had cheated on my boyfriend and was needing to know who my baby's dad was. Imagine walking down the street after that? You would just be whoring yourself out on tv.

                Most of the guests on the show just look like chavs and they seem well proud of themselves. Also the majority of them seem to be unemployed - connection? i'm not so sure. And before anyone mentions about recent unemployment with job losses and so on, that's not what i'm meaning, the guests are usually about 20, wear baseball caps, baggy jeans and loads of gold jewelery, so it's the usual people on the street on the daytime that you tend to see on the show.

                I think the show often seems a bit of a pantomine. The girl comes on, gets upset, the audience sit in total silence, Trisha lends a sympathetic ear, then the boy comes out, Trisa lays into him, the audience start heckling him and booing and so on. Just wonder if the audience gets cue cards held up to shout things? Yes, it does seem like that type of show.

                Although Trisha seems more down to earth than other chat show presenters, going on this show certainly won't save the world for the contestants, and I just find it depressing tv and I will not waste an hour of my life on this again. Hey, at least after watching this today, I realise my life isn't bad at all!

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                  22.04.2009 23:01
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                  fairly good show but could be alot better

                  I used to watch the ""Trisha"show but always felt she was trying to be an English Oprah or Ricki Lake and that her show seemed to be a cheap imitation of these. (Not cutting her down here, but like the studio space and set up).I agree that watching these shows make you feel that your problems are small in comparison. At least her guests have not stooped to Jerry Springer level yet, but some of them are quite tacky. I've always wondered how you could leave the show and face family, friends and people in the street after making some of those revelations on tv!
                  Trisha does seem to try to help young people but as with the excellent opinion by Frayed Edges, I agree that there is more to just the want-to-be-famous showcase, and that fame would be nice but these kids need to realise it comes at a price. I write poetry and read some of mine in a talent show on the QE2 when I sailed back to the USA in September. I had about 20 people mob me afterwards, congratulating me and wanting my autograph. Me - 45 yrs old, an overweight grandma. I actually thought at the time, wow! If I got the giggles with that amount of people and at my mature age, how must it be for like the boy bands, suddenly thrust into cheering thousands clamouring for their autographs? It would seem the pressure is enormous. I too, would like Trisha maybe to follow up on some of these wannabes. Also, maybe do a show with a group who have gone from being the kids at the local comprehensive and made it big. Find out how they've adjusted, what they feel the pitfalls are. Yes the money's good but what about lack of privacy, do your mates still come around or do they think you've got too big for your boots, that kind of thing.

                  Trisha does her best to provide an interesting show, and attempts to be a bit more than just a confession show. I'd like to see her maybe do shows on living with terminal diseases - especially AIDS awareness with youngsters who have the disease, and those who caught it form unprotected sex. I noticed people still seem to think it won't happen to them. Also maybe she could promote some community causes, and challenge people to clean up local areas, work together to improve scholls and neighbourhoods, etc. She could still intersperse these with the usual "I slept with my husband's brother/sister, mother's husband/boyfriend, "type slots.
                  I do think Trisha will probably evolve over time. Trash seems to be the way to get into the tv talk show field, but then (other than Jerry) most presenters seem to want to become known for more serious subjects, and more credibility for their talent as a presenter.

                  Overall, an ok show for most at-home-in-the-day folks to waste a bit of time watching.

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                  02.03.2009 12:37
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                  Trisha Goddard has a program on Channel 5 which is a daytime viewing which about meeting people we various issues of life. Relationships are covered in detail in particular and sometimes the problems are solved in a amicable way but not in all cases and often there is shouting from both parties which are involved.On occasions one of the parties may decide to leave the stage and Trisha also gets the audience to be involved by asking the families concerned questions are just give friendly advice.
                  Waiting in the wings are qualified consellors and once Trisha has interviewed
                  the families and individuals they can be offered help.Trisha has a calm approach and often spends time with the families on air but behind the scenes as well.
                  Also they can be offered DNA testing if they are not sure of their parents but this will not be offered to them if they are on Drugs or have violent tendacies.
                  When I have watched this program I seemed to be quite fascinated with seeing these people being interviewed telling everyone what their lives are all about not sure that i would want to do that but I suppose other families can be interesting to watch but I do always wonder with some cases which are on TV are they real.

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                    02.02.2009 20:32
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                    Pretty much like any other show of this type.

                    Trisha is a typical chat show where members of the general public air their 'dirty laundry' for all to see and the host, 'Trisha Goddard' gives them advice to sorting their problems out.

                    There are a few things that make Trisha stand out in front of all the others including the fact that as you watch it you feel like Trisha and the audience actually care about their guests and their future wellbeing. You also feel like Trisha might actually be able to help some of these struggling people. She has, in the past, struggled with her own fair share of issues and so therefore you get the feeling that she knows how it feels to be one of them!

                    Trisha has a range of professionals which she calls on throughout the show to offer councilling and support to her guests about specific issues if that is appropriate.

                    On the whole Trisha is much like any other chat show, however it does have the feeling of being slightly better than a lot of the others.

                    If you are a fan of this kind of show then Trisha is definately worth watching but if these types of shows send shivers down your spine then you are probably going to hate Trisha just as much!

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                      27.08.2008 12:12
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                      Avoid it unless you need cheering up

                      "All power to you girl friend", "you should listen to the song by Destiny's Child - Independent Woman", "Girl Power!". No this is not some American catchphrase show and it is not some motivational therapist show - this is the Trisha Goddard show.

                      Trisha appeared as a chat show host on ITV in 1998 as a replacement to Vanessa Feltz - a poor replacement I feel as this not only gave this mad woman a platform to spout utter non-sense to the masses, but also give a platform for "chavs" to appear on t.v and just prove the state of our society. Each episode is an hour long - enough drivel to last a day!

                      The show moved to Channel 5 in 2005 and the format has remained the same since. As seems to be the norm with these chat shows, the guest appears on the show to a chorus of cheers (usually the female) and she airs the problems in her relationship. Then the male (who is the villain, allegedly) appears to a chorus of "boo's" and is roundly picked on by Trisha, his partner as well as a member of the audience. Almost in every episode I have seen, there is one person in the audience who likes to say a derogatory comment to the male guests.

                      Trisha seems to be obsessed with the guests seeing councillors - I personally feel that the majority of them should learn how to speak English and how to interact with people. I also feel that the pantomime feel on the show is truly awful because it just does not feel as good as it does on the Jerry Springer Show. At least on that show the guests seem to know that their "problems" seem farcical, but on Trisha they are very serious.

                      Also, Trisha is ridiculously bias towards female guests, It is an absolute disgrace that a male guest on the show can be vilified for appearing on the show, but a female guest has to get a softly-softly approach. I thought we lived in a world of equality - seems to me that the media only seems to appreciate female problems, not male ones.

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                        06.08.2008 21:43
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                        Maybe it would make more sense to show some re-runs of Countdown?

                        Over on another review, I could not help but characterize The Jeremy Kyle Show as 'chavs fighting'.

                        Well, this is one step up from that. Maybe it is best described as 'the thinking unemployed person's Jeremy Kyle'.

                        Caring Trisha deals with the issues that matter - for instance, she once explored the tragedy of the chap who was so scared of scotch eggs that it was threatening to ruin his wedding reception.

                        Now, I could write quite a lot about just that one episode but, to be honest, I could not really make it sound any more likely and you are already thinking that I made that last one up (and no I didn't!).

                        The people that go on these shows *generally* would be better off getting some therapy off screen but where would be the fun in that? Where would all those people who had married their brother and their pet goat in a menage-a-trois stylee get the opportunity to put their side of the argument across?

                        I don't know but I cannot help but think that these programmes are not going to actually help them have a more fulfilled life.

                        If Kyle is chavs fighting, this is caring for chavs fighting. It just should not be on telly.

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                          24.07.2002 21:02
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                          God I must be bored!! First Bargain Hunt, then Kilroy, now Trisha. Hum, I really must get some outside interests, a job perhaps? But then I would never be able to watch tacky tv! Dear God, sanity or boredom? Anyway lets give you the lowdown on the woman who would usurp Kilroys crown. Trisha Goddard is a forty-something Black woman, little enough seen on tv anyway. Her life story more than reflects the worst of her shows! After emigrating to Australia,her first husband left her after a few months, she later found out he was gay after he died from Aids. She married again, happy for a while, her sister who had schizophrenia doused herself in petrol and killed herself, her baby daughter then developed a life-threatening disease. If that wasnt enough her husband was carrying on an affair at the same time! Unsurprisingly Trisha suffered a nervous breakdown and ended up in a psychiatric hospital for a month. She then went on to become a counsellor and advisor on mental health to the Australian government. All I can say is 'wow, what a woman' if its true of course. I would rather her give me some advice than old smarmy Kilroy! Now the program, on every day, except the school holidays, from 9.30am to 10.30 am, it follows the more traditional American style chat show. The guests come out and sit in front of the audience, tell their story and then get bitched at by members of the audience, sorry, meant given helpful advice of course, while Queen Goddard keeps rule. So what makes Trisha unique? Well nothing really, except she's a sucessful Black woman who has experienced problems like the rest of us, and can therefore empathise more than someone like Kilroy. The show is full of the usual plots, cheaters, paternity tests (always make me laugh!), body image, talent shows,etc. Some are more interesting than others, especially the teenage girl who had slept with the father and son, didnt know who the father of the b
                          aby was, and generally destroyed a family. Lots of swearing and attempted fisticuffs on that day! Unfortunatly I missed the one my teenge cousin was on, he cheated on his girlfriend whilst she was pregnant, no end of scandal in my family, of course his mum could also go on there 'I dumped my 4 kids and ran off with my (female) best friend', any wonder the boy's confused? She also follows up on the guests, getting them help with counsellors and organisations, and getting them to come back on the programme to see how they have done. Is she a genuinely caring person, or out to make some money with a bit of sensationalism? Probably a bit of both. In her defence I have to say she never belittles the guests or puts them down, but appears to do the best she can to put them at their ease. On the down side she can bring up whats happens to her on quite a regular basis, intimating that anyone can solve their own problems. Which, of course, is not always the case. Not a highly watchable programme, something to look at when there is nothing on, an after Kilroy programme if you cant stand the Wright Stuff (ah an idea!) but before Maury Povich (another idea). Oh dear I'm losing it now, must dash, Jenny Jones is about to start!! And in case you are interested Trisha has now been happily married for nearly 5 years.

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                            12.04.2002 18:40
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                            Being a student I’m always at lectures or in the library so I don’t get to watch much daytime television (If you believe that you’ll believe anything), but Trisha is great to wake up to. I’m not sure whether it differs from region to region but here in the Yorkshire TV area it airs at 9:25am, just after GMTV and lasts about an hour. It’s filmed at the Anglia TV studios in the greatest city ever, that’s Norwich for the uneducated and I’m told tickets are free but you’d have to ring up Anglia for more information. A couple of years ago it seemed our screens were filled with talk shows en masse. Loads of American imports like Montel and Rikki Lake flooded our screens spurring the development of some real English flumps. Although talk shows haven’t completely disappeared we have been left with only the best. For me Trisha is the best talk show around. Trisha is a very easy-going show, bridging the gap between serious conversation, that you sometimes find over on Kilroy, with easy going chat, a la Rikki Lake. The layout is typical of its genre, a nice bright studio with a few sofas on a stage where the problematic people sit whilst Trisha prowls through the audience. Trisha has all the attributes you’d expect from a talk-show host. Primarily she has the ability to have everyone at ease and asking some really probing questions and she gets answers. Equally if a guest gets on the wrong side of her se can really get stuck in, it can be quite fascinating viewing. Trisha must have been running for at least 3 or 4 years now but doesn’t seem to have lost anything. Over the course of a series there is a balance in what issues are dealt with. For the most part they are real issues that can become quite emotional, for example there have been debates on fathering children and rights to see children. Occasionally a really absurd issue is thrown in, like my cousin slept with my da
                            ughter who is now pregnant but things she’s a man – you know what I mean. I think this is a nice balance because everyone wants a little variety and to be honest I like watching Jerry Springer type fighting between in laws. I’m finding it quite difficult to pinpoint why I like Trisha so much. I feel that I can relate to the guests, even if I have never experienced the problems they are going through. I have actually been reduced to tears occasionally, I know it’s a little girly of me, but it just highlights how involved I get. I haven’t really done a very good job of explaining why I like it but I’m a bloke and expression doesn’t come naturally to me. Any show that can get me hooked at that time of a morning has to have something about it. It’s worth switching on even if it’s just going to be on in the background.

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                              09.02.2002 18:16
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                              Alcoholism, adoption and divorce are sensitive issues. So what better way to come to terms with them, than hop over to Norwich and divulge sensitive information to loved ones in front of a hundred or so yokels in day-glo lycra and an ex-Playschool host? Trisha Goddard has a chequered life herself - after presenting 'Playschool' for a short period of time (Floella Benjamin and Carol Leader were presumably sunning themselves somewhere), her life went into a downward spiral. As well as Busy Lizzy and the Why Bird usurping her from co-ordinating pre-school entertainment, her husband came out as being gay, and she suffered from depression. Emigrating to Australia, she was eventually offered a small presenting spot there. After coming over to England, she was given a trial by Anglia TV in front of the Vanessa audience. The Feltz fan-club revolted against their fuschia clad leader to declare that Trish was better. This resulted in Vanessa being sacked and Trisha taking over quicker than you can say 'tender loving care'. The set remained the same, as did the topics and the audience. However, the presenters were much different. Vanessa ignored 'the pain' to talk about her own, whilst Trish actually listened before talking about hers. The topics on the chat show vary wildly from divorce to alcoholism to sexual identity crises to divorce to alcoholism… oh yes, and there is the occasional 'fun' item, such as 'I want to strip at 60 for my toyboy husband'. Just remember to leave those cornflakes in the box if you choose to watch this… Of course, there is always a counsellor on hand to give advice. It's free for guests (well, for the first 15 minutes at least…), and I'm sure proves invaluable for the fragile individuals on the show. Perhaps the funniest episode ever was Christmas reunions, where lost members of families were reunited ("How bad
                              ly do you want to see the Uncle you haven't seen for 30 years? Would you give up your only working kidney for it?" "er, yeah, probably"). The tack-fest had long lingering shots of Trisha looking glad and contented, although you could almost see the dollar signs in her eyes everytime a scally in a shellsuit broke down into crocodile tears. It's managed to stay on the air for around 5 years - lasting longer than Esther and Vanessa, who dealt with similar topics. More sympathetic that Feltz or Rantzen, and less political and smarmy than Kilroy-Silk, Trisha has managed to grow a cult following of students, the unemployed and the suicidal. Despite her success, she has managed to keep a relatively low profile in the media, unlike Vanessa, who's chat show is now but a distant memory in the light of her Big Brother antics. I think Trisha has probably come to a natural end now, as they have covered most topics under the sun, without quite having gone into Jerry Springer territory. I think that Trisha should now do a spin off show seeing what happened to all the cast of Play School after they were taken off the air. Maybe she could ask how Jemima is dealing with her alcoholism, whether Humpty and Hamble sorted out their messy divorce, and reunite Big Ted and Little Ted after a 14 year seperation… Oh yes, TV bliss…

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                                Working from home has its benefits and its drawbacks. The benefits are getting up late when I want to, not having to leave my dog alone, always being on top of the housework and sometimes watching morning television before starting my working day. The drawbacks..............some of the television programmes.......and most especially TRISHA. Just what sort of people feel the need to express their most intimate thoughts, feelings and desires on National Television? I find it absolutely amazing that they can be so impressed by television personalities and the lure of having l5 minutes of fame that they will discuss their love lives, sex lives, perversions or handicaps, either emotional or physical before hundreds of thousands of people. It is also extremely sad as the majority of the people interviewed are very obviously of limited intelligence and totally incapable of arguing their case with the televised audience which almost always contains at least half a dozen professionals (usually the same ones over and over again). The victims therefore are often belittled, demeaned and embarrassed in front of the cameras. Worse, after being egged on to say much more than I'm sure they really wanted to on television, they are left to go home and face the music with family and friends. In the meantime Trisha puts her hand to her face and gives her most concerned expression whilst passing judgement and giving (very limited) advice to the very people who are providing her with an enormous salary. Before anyone comments that she is a qualified counsellor.......yes I have read that and I also know she feels she has suffered in life, having had a nervous breakdown following her husband's adulterous affair,. Personally, however, I feel that having gone through so much herself, she should know that allowing her "guests" to make complete fools of themselves is hardly going to boost their morale. I also doubt that she loses any sleep t
                                hinking of the chaos she may have caused for these people once they leave the televison studios. Having said that, some of the guests do seem to have huge egos......and voices.... and feel no shame in airing the family's dirty laundry in public. To my mind this leads to cringe making, not enjoyable television viewing. The show follows the usual Jerry Springer, Rikki Lake formula and not surprisingly clashes with the patronising silver haired Kilroy on BBC. Amazingly, each day, the subject on both channels is almost identical and the viewer could be forgiven for switching channels and not realising he had done so. "I love my dog more than you" on Kilroy will have Trisha's guests dealing with "Either the dog goes or I do". etc., With Esther, Rikki, Oprah, Jerry, etc., etc., isn't it about time the programme selectors realised we've now had overkill! ! ! Perhaps they just don't do any work, but spend their days having coffee while the viewer is left watching second rate programmes that they cannot allocate to evening schedules. Unfortunately both Kilroy and Trisha clash with my morning coffee, so just as I'm about to have a well earned rest having seen everyone else off to work, I turn on the t.v. only to be bored to death by miserable, sad and often downright morbid subjects which depress me for the remainder of the day. NO MORE I SAY. ..... I'M TURNING TRISHA AND CO. OFF and if the programme makers have any sense so will they and they need to be quick about it too.

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