Tuesday, September 03, 2002

It Seems To Be Rather Sick Out
The Sun (UK) shocks with Sickest ever TV gameshow:
TV bosses are making the sickest reality show - with contestants trying to get as many illnesses as possible.

In Sick Day, three lads will live in the same house for two months and try to catch ailments like nits, lice, flu, venereal diseases and warts.

It is being made as a pilot for digital channel E4 by Princess Productions, which also makes breakfast show RI:SE.

Teacher Ray Downing, 23, from North London, auditioned for the show and said: "I was shocked when they told me what it was about. "

"It's up to contestants to find ways to catch the disease, but they talked about snorkelling in sewage."

Contestants were told they would be paid and that a doctor would make sure they did not become too ill.

An E4 spokeswoman said: "None of the illnesses will be life threatening."

John Beyer of Mediawatch UK, which fights for TV decency, said: "This proves reality TV is scraping the bottom of a very deep barrel."
Snorkeling in sewage is pretty cool, but I can't wait to hear how they plan to catch the veneral diseases. And only the non-life threatening ones.

When I hear stuff like this, I try to imagine what it was like at the staff meeting when the idea was thought up.
"OK troops, I've decided - we'll have a TV competition to see which contestant can catch the most diseases!"
"Fantastic idea, boss!"
"That'll really bring in the audiences!"
"And the adverts! Think of the tank cars of disinfectant it would sell!"
"And the condoms!"
And the barf bags.