a simple request
Secret Diary of a Call Girl thesp Billie Piper and Dr Brooke Magnanti - aka blogging prostitute Belle de Jour - will feature in a forthcoming ITV2 programme which promises "a fresh insight into Brooke's life and Billie's portrayal of her". ITV's factual commissioning editor, Diana Howie, enthused: "We're delighted that Billie …
ITV would no longer know a worthwhile programme concept if it came in a box labelled "worthwhile programme concept" along with a quick start guide, a lavishly illustrated operators manual in hand-tooled leather, a 40 minute instructional DVD with a voiceover by John Cleese and an itemised invoice from the supplier, "Worthwhile Programme Concepts r us PLC".
"Now all our empty headed teenage girls can achieve fame through being "call girls" and getting paid at the same time."
Why not, after all it worked for Paris, TPT et al. And if nothing else the prog might give the poor viewers a break from the constant dribble of celeb reality shows that seems to be de rigeur for BBC and ITV these days.
In the same way that we have that epidemic of teenage boys donning anoraks and jumping into phone boxes thinking they'll go on magical adventures through time, only to be arrested by plod and locked up for minimum five years for carrying a screwdriver.
Because kids believe absolutely everything they see, are incapable of not taking fantasy literally, and for their protection must be banned from watching TV and instead locked in dark rooms and only allowed to listen to government-approved factual broadcasts. ("why cannabis is more dangerous than alcohol", "how having sex will cause you to die of AIDS instantly", "mummy and daddy's Volvo is killing polar bears (as read by Al Gore from his private jet)", etc. etc.)
Of course prostitution is a serious subject, not to be trivialised by the inclusion of minor celebrity voicing their vacuous 'opinions', but of course ITV, that bastion of serious television for the new age, is already fully aware of this and isn't planning something akin to "An Audience With... Dr. Prozzie"!
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