Reality TV

Reality TV

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Reality TV is more than just ‘Big Brother’. Read out about some unusual reality TV programmes that are popular in the UK.

Reality TV is extremely popular in the UK. At their best, these programmes give us a good look into the lives of different people in Britain. At their worst, they are a very cheap way to make programmes and sometimes involve people behaving very badly.

Here’s a selection of some of the UK’s reality TV shows.

Strictly Come Dancing

In the show a celebrity learns to dance with a professional dancer. Every week they have to learn a different ballroom dance such as the tango, the waltz or the cha cha cha, and perform it live on TV on Saturday night. Four judges, who are all professional dance experts, give the celebrities scores and they comment on their dances. After that, the public call in and vote for their favourite couple. The two least favourite then have to dance again and the judges decide who stays in the competition and who leaves. This is a very popular show with small children, teenagers and adults of all ages.

Shattered

A group of young people live in a house for a week and must stay awake. Each day there are tests to see how well they can function even though they are totally exhausted. They must leave the house if they fall asleep. Viewers vote on who stays in the house and text their comments every day.

Come Dine with Me

Each week four people prepare dinner in their home for the other contestants. Each competitor then gives the cook a grade out of 10 for the food and entertainment. The winner gets a £1,000 cash prize. Sometimes the food is terrible and the contestants are very rude to each other.

World’s Strictest Parents

Badly behaved British teens are sent abroad to live with a super strict family for a week. The teenagers have to follow the rules of their host family and go to the local school. After seven days the teenagers return home and their parents tell us if their behaviour is better. There is often a lot of crying and shouting in this show but it can be incredibly funny too.

Don't Tell the Bride

The groom (the man who is going to get married) has to arrange the wedding without the help of his bride (the woman he is going to marry). He has to choose the location, the dress, the flowers, the cake, the music….everything, in fact! The groom is always very stressed and worried. Usually the bride is very happy with the wedding but occasionally there are disasters, for example, the bride’s wedding dress is too big or the groom forgets to order a cake.

Relocation, Relocation

This show follows people deciding on a new place to live in the UK. They are filmed during the process of moving town and house. For viewers who are going to buy a home soon, it’s really interesting to see the prices of flats and houses in different parts of the country.

Learner Drivers

This show follows people as they learn to drive. People are filmed while they fight with their driving instructors, test the patience of other motorists and pass or fail their driving test. Learning to drive is very stressful, as we can see in this programme.

Coppers

The show follows the daily lives of police officers (informally known as 'coppers') from different police forces around Britain. We see them in lots of different situations, such as riot control, city centre night-time policing, and responding to emergencies. Watching the police in action is absolutely fascinating!

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Discussion

What's your favourite reality TV show? Would you like to be on a reality TV show one day? Why or why not?

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I don't like reality TV show but the reality show I like least is Masterchef. I think this program is the least stupid of all realities shows that are on Tv.
I do not like being on a relity show because I want to be an important person and not a loser without a degree.

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My favourite reallity show doesn't appear here because it's an American one, called "The Ellen show". I'ts a talk show that combines comedy, celebrity, musical guests and human-interest stories. Of course I would like to be on a reallity show some day!! I want to become famous.

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Hi, how are you?
I'm from Spain and I`ve never heard about these reality shows. Ones I saw one similar to ''Don't tell the bride''. It consisted on four women who had to organize a better wedding than the others, they had to judge each other and the one with higher marks won a honey moon where her groom and she wanted.
Currently my favourite realities are ''Masterchef'' and ''The Voice''. I think those are the most international.
Probably I would like to take part in them but I don't think I'm good and strong enough to take part in a famous contest because millions of people would see me if I'm crying or if I have a zit.

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I don't like realities. I wouldn't like to be in one of them, because most of them are false, with a script for the characters, and some of them teach bad values or habits to the audience

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My favourite reality shows were 'We Got Married (Season 4)' and 'American Hustle life'. But I wasn't really a fanatic.
Since I don't like realities a lot, it would probably don't like to be in one, but I would accept to go just to try out new things.

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alcachofa's picture
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My favourite reality shows were 'We Got Married (Season 4)' and 'American Hustle life', but I wasn't really a fanatic.
Since I don't like realities a lot, it would probably don't like to be in one, but I would accept to go just to try out new things.

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maravillasrp's picture
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Hi, how are you?
I'm from Spain and I`ve never heard about these reality shows. Ones I saw one similar to ''Don't tell the bride''. It consisted on four women who had to organize a better wedding than the others, they had to judge each other and the one with higher marks won a honey moon where her groom and she wanted.
Currently my favourite realities are ''Masterchef'' and ''The Voice''. I think those are the most international.
Probably I would like to take part in them but I don't think I'm good and strong enough to take part in a famous contest because millions of people would see me if I'm crying or if I have a zit.

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My favourite TV Reality Show is "Adam and Eve". I think this tv show it's very funny because consist of recreating the "Adam and Eve" scene where a man and a woman are shown as were brought to earth: nude; and they have to make a choice if they want to get married.
I wouldn't like to be in a TV Reality Show because there are very stupid and for me, that I'm very shameful, I would not like to make a fool.

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My favourite reality TV show is "Face off". In this programme some artists have to transform a model into an alien, a monster, a zombie..
No, I wouldn't. I only like TV shows were people do incredible things, I don't like love and gossip realities. I don't want to be on this kind of realities and I can't be on the "interesting" ones because I don't have the skills and qualities to be there.

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My favourite reality TV show is sourvivors were a Groupon of People talk and ''survive'' in a island
I dont like realties but this one, atracks me

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alcachofa's picture
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My favourite reality shows were 'We Got Married (Season 4)' and 'American Hustle life'. But I wasn't really a fanatic.
Since I don't like realities a lot, it would probably don't like to be in one, but I would accept to go just to try out new things.

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If you ask me about my favourite TV show I really haven't got a clue. One of my favourite ones is ''World's strictest parents''. I like this TV show a lot because it's very funny and it's not the typical TV show we're all used to it that is about people who go and take part of it to win money or to play games. I haven't got any favourite TV show in particular. I like almost all because it's for me a way of entertaining myself with these kind of programmes.
If I would like to be on a reality TV show one day? Yes, I would like to have a try. It's an experience I will not get two times in my life, so I would use this opportunity and make the most of it.

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My favorite reality was survivours, but i just like one season of survivors , because there was a very funny contestant, he is Yong Li, of survivors 2014

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In italy there are a lot of reality TV as dancing with the stars, italian's got talent, the voice of italy, x factor, amici (friends).. The last is italian program is very beutiful becouse is a school where the guys sing and dance. In italy there was big brother, but it wasn't popular, so now it don't make.

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There are "Strictly Come Dancing", "don't tell the bride" and "relocation, recolation" also in italy. The first is nice, but in my country the judge don't know dance. The second and third are the same, only they are tralation. For me relication,relocation is very interesting and i like it. I think "coppers" is interesting and i hope this tv series will do also in italy. I think don't like learner drivers, but next year i must learn to drive.

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I really like reality tv shows. Because it’s different than all the other fiction-filled shows and captivates me. I usually just watch Survivior, because though it doesn’t nessecarilly happen every day, I know that it is up beat, and I have to actually think about what is happening as I watch it.

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My favourite reality TV show is "The Hunted" and "Dr. G: Medical Examiner".
Maybe I want o be, or maybe I don't. I haven'e been thinking about this. I would like to be in show were we can fight in some sport like basketball, handball or football. Also I would like to be in show were I can test my knowledge. So I want to be in some reality how. :)

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Noahbear's picture
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No because I believe reality TV shows are bad and have no use to anything that is important. Also that that are filled with bad times and are so unconventional for people.

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