Last Night’s TV – Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum

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The second instalment of this show was every bit as entertaining as the first, and every bit as maddening. Throughout the tantrums, tears and general five year old like behaviour of the remaining miscreants, I had to chew my cushion in order to stop myself hurling abuse at the innocent bearer of the message, my TV.

And the message it bore yet again last night was that if the kids taking part in this show are a representation of the future of our world, we’re in deep doodoo.

Not a great deal had changed from last week for the girls; Nicola still looks and acts like a bulldog chewing a wasp and everything makes her cry, including work and cleaning. The only thing that makes her happy it would seem is smoking and yelling at her mother.

Rachel is still spending most of her time drinking herself into oblivion, Dina’s still shouting everything because apparently, she can’t do quiet, and Danielle is still one of the most unpleasant people I’ve ever set eyes on.

The boys in the house however do seem to have undergone something of a seismic change of attitude since last week. We saw Sean instigating a very grown up house meeting during which the division of chores was allocated and Dogan cleaned some of the most repellent looking loos I’ve ever seen, and all relatively without complaint.

One thing that was very odd to watch though was Sean doing a video diary piece during which he did the weirdest silent crying thing. It was when he was talking about how much he loves his gran and suddenly, out of nowhere, he just froze, mannequin-like then opened his mouth and made a sound that probably only dogs could hear. He then found his voice and wailed banshee like until he left the camera shot. It really was quite bizarre.

However, then came this week’s parent set task; to arrange a fashion show. The group split into two teams and had to come up with a theme and several outfits – all bought from charity shops to a budget of £250 – and surprisingly, it went pretty well for some of them. But Jay – who elected himself leader of the team – became something of a tyrant, taking over the entire thing and wanting it all done his way.

And given that he had Nicola and Rachel on his team, it was probably the only way to get anything done, but it was ultimately to cost him his place in the house as the collective parents deemed he wasn’t a team player.

So what effect will Jay’s departing have on those left in the house? Probably almost nothing given that each of them is an island of selfishness and laziness who require nobody but their mum to ensure their personal happiness.

I think though the best bit about last night’s show was seeing how they all coped with cleaning and cooking. You’d think someone had just asked them to perform brain surgery or work out a quantum physics equation, such was their horror at being presented with a blocked loo or a shopping list.

But I have to admit, despite the fact that they pretty much all drive me nuts, this show is addictive watching. It also gives me the opportunity to pat myself on the back that my own kids aren’t like that. How the parents of these kids put up with them I truly don’t know. But some are most definitely worse than others; Nicola and Danielle are absolutely obnoxious, and when the programme started and we saw a recap of who these kids are and why they’re even in the show, I yet again came to the conclusion that both of them probably have 666 somewhere on their bodies.

While the others may all be spoiled and wilful – and of course, supremely lazy – at least the majority of them realise what they have in their doting parents. They know that they’re very lucky to have people around them who lavish them with material things and run after their every whim, but Nicola and Danielle take for granted that their mothers do everything for them, and worse still, they see no reason why they shouldn’t.

But the worst thing for me is that both girls find it amusing that they use and abuse their mothers as they do. In the recaps, both girls were seen refusing food that had been made for them and being very unpleasant and rude about it. Danielle giggled as she described her mother as a total “doormat” and Nicola grinned as she asked why she should bother doing anything for herself when her mum can do it.

I can’t wait for next week when it seems that – for a change – Nicola’s given something to cry about and Dogan unleashes a tirade of abuse at Rachel… like I said, it’s addictive!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.