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What these shows do is ruin young people's holidays. The producers pretend they are filming a group of friends on their first trip away from their families, let them go wild with giddy independence, then offer up a twist so cruel that Big Brother would steer clear, by revealing that their parents have been watching them all along. Their parents have been viewing footage of those nights out on neon streets. They have seen them getting sunburned and drunk and snogging strangers. They have tutted as they passed out in the street, and flinched as they threw up in bins. The parents seem shaken and confused. Their children are, rightly, horrified.
This latest incarnation brings the hedonism back to the
Our other guide for the weekend is 19-year-old Lauren from
They both make a bit of a spectacle of themselves, obviously. Lauren takes to weeing in public to avoid the queues, and slurs abuse at a red-haired passerby: "Gingers don't allowed to be on camera." More worryingly, Chris grinds up against girls in the dance tent, then calls them "slags" when they walk away. (Later, his mother decides this is his way of putting off girls because he's not ready for them, which is a remarkable mental contortion whichever way you look at it.)
And yet, if it's supposed to be an indictment of modern youth, it's a tepid one. Lauren and Chris wake up the next morning and realise they've been a bit daft, and take it easy, or easier, for the rest of the weekend. What's really disconcerting here is the show itself, not the behaviour of its young participants. By interspersing the footage of teenagers partying - no different than what you could see in any town or city on any given weekend in the
Throughout, I felt the teenagers had been done over, particularly Lauren. Presumably they all signed waivers, but was there any need to linger on her having a wee for quite so long, and quite so many times? And more importantly, why would any parents put themselves up for this show in the first place? It's a grotesque mature version of a baby monitor that can only confirm the one inevitable outcome - that away from authority figures, young people will act differently. Though after this scarring experience, it's unlikely that Lauren or Chris will ever let loose again, for fear that somewhere, somehow, their mum is hiding, watching them chat someone up. Perhaps that's the point, after all.
The excellent crooked cop drama Line of Duty (BBC2) continues to pick up pace. The third episode of six saw
I'll miss The Restaurant Man (BBC2) when it finishes next week. It's been a perfect mix of schadenfreude and encouragement, and just goes to show that swearing at an overdone steak every five minutes isn't the only way to fix a cafe.
Harsh reality . . . Chris in Festivals, Sex and Suspicious Parents
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