Reality Television

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 - Why It's the Winter of My (TV) Discontent!

Simon Ward | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Simon Ward

Oh, but wait. Bruce Forsyth has left the show. Normally when an older man doesn't return to work, you expect the worst. Or Anton Du Beke as he's generally known. Luckily, they replaced the walking chin with the bouncing fringe Claudia Winkleman.

Big Brother - The Fame Whores, Insiders Gossip and 'Quarter-Life Crisis'

Matthew Davies | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

On June 5th I emerged from the Big Brother eye like a deer in the headlights, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into by entering Britain's most infamous house. With a fear of the unknown, I nervously trembled down a stage with hundreds of strangers booing me and calling me every name under the sun as I embarked on the start of the most unforgettable month of my life.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week Nine Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

And then there were six. Whether or not they are the right six, I cannot say I believe all the finalists are entirely deserving of their place in the final week of Big Brother, but it is a game at the end of the day and this series has been an odd one so far, that's for sure.

'I Wanna Marry Harry'- Are American Women Really That Stupid?

Liz Marie | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Marie

"I Wanna Marry Harry" is a reality tv show airing Tuesday nights in the US, where 12 women compete to win the hearts of a ginger haired British man, whom they believe to be the real Prince Harry. In reality, he's a professional Prince Harry look-alike named Matthew Hicks, doing his best to feign royalty, complete with fake paparazzi, helicopters and bodyguards.

'Married At First Sight': Will Channel 4's New TV Show Live Happily Ever After?

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

The series is called Married at First Sight and it does pretty much what it says on the tin: it takes two strangers, gets them to marry, gives them six weeks to see if they can make it work and then asks them to decide whether they want to stay together or not.

Bear Grylls and the Search for the Modern Man

Tom Atkinson | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Atkinson

The idea behind this experiment is to find out whether modern man has lost that ability to look after themselves when they're stripped of everyday creature comforts," explains Bear. "Without your smart phone, without your computer, can modern man still cut it?"

Kylie, Please Stay - How Miss Minogue Saved 'The Voice'

John Marrs | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Marrs

Kylie oozes likeability. She's been the girl-next-door since her Neighbours days and her voice is instantly recognisable, from the sensuous I Believe In You and Chocolate to joy of Spinning Around... I hope Kylie will return for series four but The Voice needs Kylie more than Kylie needs The Voice.

Why I Will Never Watch the 'X Factor' Again

Caterina Soave | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caterina Soave

Simon Cowell's TV talent-show format has grown tired and exhausted. There are only so many accusations of fixing results and sob stories the nation can take. Cowell's vow to 'shake up' the show for next year begs the question: will anyone care enough to watch it?

The Dark Side of Social Media - My Story

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

With constant stories in the media of trolling and abuse on social media sites - I've decided it's time to tell my story of how I got caught up in a dark and elaborate 20 month long hoax at the hands of one twitter follower

A Chance of Finding Love or a Cheap Claim to Fame?

Brett Harding | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Brett Harding

In the rush to find love it would seem that more and more of us are making use of technology and other contemporary methods to find love - one of these happens to be our televisions!

Did British Airways Finally Get it Right?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Many many years later, BA has come up with another one - a five minute clip which has forced me to see it in a more kindly light. In the tradition of the best (or worst as you may see it) reality TV programming tradition, the ad unabashedly tugs at the heart strings of immigrants like myself, tracing the journey home and how it feels to surprise your parents with a sudden visit.

Big Brother - Week 6 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

For the first time this series, I'm genuinely gutted with this week's eviction outcome. Another twist that took place last week has essentially backfired again, leading to the eviction of the alpha-male in the house.

Big Brother - Week 4 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

The majority of this week's highlights have revolved around the Daley & Hazel relationship "story-line", which as Dexter even agrees is immensely cringey.

Big Brother - Week 3 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

As the weeks go by I feel as though the number of housemates I can safely say "I like" are rapidly decreasing. This week appears to have been a key turning point when it comes to my opinions of a number of them.

Big Brother - Week Two Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

After the first week's twists and drama, I was looking forward to see how the rest of the house would take shape without the shows former protagonist and antagonist (Michael and Sallie), however I can already see what is beginning to happen; the big personalities will all get evicted, leaving the boring housemates to last.

Made in Chelsea - Who Are the Real Victims?

Layla Haidrani | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

Made in Chelsea is a programme that not only perpetuates the class system, but is created to make others feel inferior merely so that they can gain money in the promise that this new playsuit or new perfume will make you 'Sloane Street material.'

Classism Is Made in Chelsea

Freya Bromley | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Made in Chelsea instills a post code hatred in all of us. Is the propagation of the wealthy in popular culture responsible for classist attitudes in the UK?

The Problem with Business Reality TV Shows

Bev James | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Bev James

With a new series of Dragons' Den and The Apprentice lined up, the concept of the business reality show is still going strong but are these shows having a positive effect on business management and leadership within the workplace?

Life is to Short to Be Shy And The Rise of The Nobody

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

I understand being shy as a concept, if you're under the age of seven, but as a lifestyle choice, I think it's no longer an option. I don't think in 2013 it's even possible to suffer from shyness.

Humankind Cannot Bear Very Much (More) Reality

Caragh Little | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

"Humankind cannot bear very much reality", suggested the poet TS Eliot many years ago. Well: I can't bear very much more right now. When I heard Kermit the Frog providing the soundtrack for a James Villas holiday advert a few days ago, I had my 2013 January epiphany. Celebrity TV has jumped the shark.

Tyson Beckford on Next Top Models: "They think they know everything."

Michael Kleinmann | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Michael Kleinmann

In a recent interview with The Underwear Expert, Tyson Beckford said of mentoring models on the 8th cycle of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, "Some of them, they think they know everything. You know what I mean? It's tough to try and teach them something."

What is Reality? Unplug Yourself and See

Anna French | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anna French

Recently, I have been cycling to work and it has given me more of an opportunity to look at the other commuters then driving did. I have noticed that the vast majority of them are plugged into some form of media, one way or another.

The Apprentice Series 8 - Episode 1 Recap

Hilary Wardle | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Wardle

Was it a typical first episode of The Apprentice? Yes, to the extent that we'd seen it all far too many times before: particularly the panicked run around London at the end.

'The Only Way Is Sex': This Week's News Stories As Reality TV Shows

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Comedy

There used to be a time when reality television actually seemed, well, fairly real. But now it's all about fake set-ups, fake rows and fake boobs. And...

Can The X Factor Muster Another Number One?

Tim Gibbon | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Tim Gibbon

UK X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix (who were the first group to ever win the X Factor) were beaten to the Christmas number one by the Military Wives Choir, but how did it play out?