TV Dinners……. Five minutes of Fame and Come Dine With Me
As many of you who read my blog regularly are aware, I do not have many opportunities to sit and watch TV. When I do manage to catch an interesting programme I rarely see the next installment and this sometimes leaves me disappointed, but most often I forget about it and then just dip in and out whenever time allows. However with the “Three in a Bed Series”, I was hooked; so much so that I blogged about the shows regularly and ensured I caught up with each episode on I-player. Well, during a recent stay in a huge, newly opened hotel in London, interestingly and actually, very well located, on a disused roundabout on Westminster Bridge, I found another TV show whilst flicking aimlessly through the channels that I could easily become enthralled by, not because it is in any way mind stretching or intellectual, but because it is “ice cream with a flake on top” style TV…. Lovely whilst you are eating/watching it, and then easily forgotten, but very enjoyable all the same and pleasurable enough to want another one/watch another episode when you see it advertised/ an ice cream van on the corner…. That kind of TV show, where you don’t need to think, but can just sit back and watch with an easy air is ideal to while away a half an hour……
And so it was that I sat watching a re-run of “Come Dine With Me”. What captured my imagination were not the menus or the (dubious) cooking abilities of each contestant, or even the unkind and frankly at times horrible comments that were made about each other on camera… why are people so vicious? Rather it was the interaction between these people and how they perceived themselves and interacted with each other…. I suppose I was playing TV couch psycho-analyst and certainly the TV producers had not disappointed in providing a wide spectrum of personalities for me to analyse- it was brilliant TV, with one of the guests coming over as a really sweet, easy going lady, with no real clue how to cook dinner party food… instead she got everyone tipsy with her homemade punch; then there was a wine buff who was so mean spirited and frankly nasty in her comments of her fellow guests that it was breathtaking how rude she was. A couple of chaps, one of who was sweet and kind to all his fellow contestants, another who fancied himself as being rather special and then a “Hooray Henry” type who really loved himself and thought he was already the winner, hands down, before the show had even got warmed up…… unbelievably watchable and so it was that I was very disappointed that after half an hour of TV heaven, the programme finished and the next slot was not the next installment, so I couldn’t see how much ruder they could all be about each other, but a TV show about a group of people on a coach trip- really who thinks up these show’s ideas?
Thus I will never know who won, or if any of the other guests tipped a glass of wine over the horribly conceited wine buff!! I can’t imagine why people would want to put themselves through such an experience except in the pursuit of their five minutes of fame- but it does make you wonder if it is all worth it, as thanks to their own conceitedness and clever editing, they don’t all come across as being very likeable at all. That said I am looking forward to surfing the channels and catching up with the show again very soon