Mrs Angry on Absurd progamming. And we’re paying for it!

by Lynn Connolly

I’m referring to the current spate of vocational who’s-the-best shows on the BBC, such as Young Hairdresser of the Year, Young Chef of the Year, Young Mechanic of the Year, and who could forget, Young Butcher of the Year…

Why, oh why, are these shows on our screens? Are they intended to inspire the young to aspire to the giddy heights of being awarded ‘Young Something of the Year’?

Is it a government backed incentive to get young people motivated and off the dole or what? And who, other than the families and friends of the competitors, watches these shows?!

Granted, I can imagine proud mums and nans gathered around the TV, tension mounting as little Johnny squeezes his sausage to perfection or young Kelly gives the perfect trim, but, again, of what interest are any of these shows to anyone not related to the competitors?

What annoys me the most though is that these largely pointless and irrelevant BBC shows are being funded, yet again, by us licence payers. In fact, it doesn’t just annoy me, it infuriates me.

The only ray of sunshine that can slip under the door of these exceptionally dull shows are the opportunities for jokes of the double entendre variety, such as when young butcher Jim said, “I was worried, but I had confidence in my sausage.”

And when George Lamb uttered what must be the first sentence of its ilk in TV history – Carry On films not included – when he said, “We are a nation of sausage lovers” and threw in the most ludicrous bit of trivia ever when he added, “Did you know you could eat a different sausage every day for ten years before you’d eat the same one again?”

And again, our licence fee funded someone in an office somewhere researching and verifying that fact. Why? And again, I can’t say it enough, why?!

What shows might we have next? Young Job Seeker of the Year? Will it start a trend in brand new TV catchphrases such as, “Stand by your giros; you have fifteen minutes in which to cash it.”

Or perhaps we could have Young Chav of the Year. George can tell the eager young Burberry wearers, “You’ll have just ten minutes to mug that old lady. Coshes at the ready guys…”

In fact, I’ve probably just given the commissioning unit at the BBC a few ideas there for how to waste more of our money.

So what do you think? Are these shows of any value whatsoever or is it just another case of the BBC frittering away our money? Let us know your thoughts!

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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.