Sunday 22 October 2017

Reality television that's out of this world

British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

John Masterson

I have long since grown bored with 'reality' television. I could not care less who eats a spider on the bush tucker trial. I wouldn't waste 30 seconds looking at Angie Bowie's reaction to David's death. I was involved in two 'starve them and see what they do' 'reality TV' series on sun soaked islands in the South Pacific about a decade ago but that all seems so yesterday now.

Reality television has been replaced by real television and since a lot of it now exist on YouTube and shows people being beheaded or burned alive in the name of some God or other I am not going to watch that either. If what these murderers want is the value of propaganda I will not increase their audience. Too much of reality, and real, television appeals to all of the worst in human beings and I do not want to be that kind of voyeur. I cannot believe it is anything but bad for our mental health.

Leaving aside live sport, where not knowing what is going to happen from one second to the next, is a very exhilarating experience I had lost interest in watching what is going on elsewhere from my living room. Then I discovered Stargazing Live on the BBC2 each night as they geared up for the first Brit, Major Tim Peake, to do a spacewalk. Dara O Briain is a very funny man and a very smart man with a great knowledge of science. Prof Brian Cox (ex D Ream) made a programme last year called Human Universe which should be compulsory viewing in every school and home. Put these two together and you have something good. And that was before the space walk night when they were joined by Chris Hadfield and others.

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