Enough of the TV freak shows

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I would love to know what benefits are to be gained for society by showing programmes like ‘My baggy body.’ In recent weeks, you’ll have picked up on my frustration at the once forward thinking Channel 4 deciding to give the Daily Mail circulation figures a boost with the production of ‘Benefits Street.’

Now, I’m convinced that something’s gone wrong with the mechanics of my TV, and that Channel 4 has somehow swapped channels with Channel 5.

For those of you lucky enough NOT to have stumbled upon it, ‘My Baggy Body’ is Ronseal TV. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

It features a number of people who have lost weight, but have the excess skin left behind.

We’re back to the days of the freak show, people, and it ain’t pretty.

There’s more voyeurism on offer from Channel 4 now than there is in the average establishment where people can go into their own private booth and watch adult movies.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why on earth anyone would want to spend their Wednesday evening staring at someone’s flab of extra skin in 43 inch plasma high definition TV.

I would also question the decision making capacity of the people being filmed. Anyone who sits there and makes a joke about a giant piece of skin which hangs from their abdomen and is very clearly life limiting, is not in a rational state of mind.

And those who break down in tears about the issue are probably not in the right frame of mind for a TV interview either. The same could probably be said of ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, also a Channel 4 phenomonon. That’s the one where they’re too embarrassed to show their physical problems to close friends and families, but will happily share them with the nation via an often strategically positioned camera.

I just have to wonder who the person is in the production room at Channel 4 with an obsession for this bizarre type of television.

I can only deduce, from a safe distance in viewer land, that the once revolutionary channel has gone the way of many other media organisations and suffered a haemorraging of experienced staff, major financial issues and a sad dumbing down of standards.

An even more damning indictment of our visually obsessed society is the fact that the viewer figures are clearly there to continue to support this kind of TV drivel. Mind you, if you feed a baby chips every day of its life, eventually, it’ll refuse to eat anything else.

We’ve come a long way since the days of the carnival freak show. But plasma TVs or not, so many of our mindsets have not evolved at all. Quite sad, really.

I’m genuinely holding out for a revolution in television, but maybe a bigger revolution is needed.