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April 24, 2011 2:21 AM   Subscribe

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been described as 'human bear-baiting', but the programme itself makes great claims about the good it does. So what happens when the cameras stop rolling? At the end of the day... Previous
posted by fearfulsymmetry (26 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
At the end of the day it's another day over
With enough in your pocket to last for a week
Pay the landlord, pay the shop
Keep on grafting as long as you're able
Keep on grafting till you drop
Or it's back to the crumbs off the table
You've got to pay your way
At the end of the day!
posted by hippybear at 2:58 AM on April 24, 2011


The "at the end of the day" supercut could just as easily have come from a meeting at work.



At the end of the end of the day, I'm another day older,
But it feels like I've aged to 110,
If I were more rash, just a little bit bolder,
I'd demand that you jerks never say that again
posted by louche mustachio at 3:17 AM on April 24, 2011


He says he has OCD and licks his mobile phone to see if it's clean, but that's by the by.


Uh, that isn't...you don't ...never mind.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:21 AM on April 24, 2011


At the end of the day, it's the end of the day.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 3:50 AM on April 24, 2011


When I was on jury duty this was always on the TV in the waiting area. It is absolutely awful.
posted by alby at 4:06 AM on April 24, 2011


Jeremy Kyle is Proper Evil.
posted by fullerine at 4:32 AM on April 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


When I was on jury duty this was always on the TV in the waiting area.

I imagine it's their way of getting you to come to a guilty verdict very quickly, and save time.
posted by Grangousier at 4:37 AM on April 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


So was he the father, or was her stepdad the father?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:28 AM on April 24, 2011


TV-B-GoneĀ®
posted by pracowity at 5:39 AM on April 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am the proud owner of a TV-B-Gone, for exactly this type of show.

and for driving the crew at BestBuy NUTS when I don't get the service I believe I deserve.
posted by tomswift at 6:10 AM on April 24, 2011


I was slightly disappointed when I figured out that this show has families come on and argue, not fight. I was visualizing a boxing ring. Now that might actually be therapeutic.
posted by bq at 6:12 AM on April 24, 2011


Uh... so it's British Jerry Springer? The USA was like a decade ahead of you.
posted by delmoi at 6:14 AM on April 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Didn't they have Jerry Springer re-runs in the UK?

An ex of mine was actually on Jerry Springer twice with her room mates at the time (episode titles: "Lesbian Love Triangles" and "You're Too Fat to Strip!").

The shows were complete put-ons and they did it just for kicks.
posted by empath at 6:26 AM on April 24, 2011


We had Jerry Springer at the time, of course. What's so distinctively repulsive/compelling about the show is Jeremy Kyle himself. The man genuinely seems sociopathic at times. Unlike Springer, Kyle seems to engage emotionally with his victims, but at the same time is apparently without empathy. Here's Charlie Brooker on Jeremy Kyle.
posted by howfar at 6:43 AM on April 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I always used to wonder what sort of person went on the Kyle show. Then I started working in a social services organisation, as part of my law and social policy programme. One of the cases I've reviewed just recently has involved the Kyle show, mostly for drug and DNA testing. My sample of one family may not be overly representative, but I'd disagree with the basic premise of the article - that the Kyle show ruined the lives of the people who'd been on it. In the case I'm familiar with, the woman had been trying to get the father of her child to acknowledge his paternity for over three years, with no result, and a lot of namecalling and hassle from Dad and his family. The show gave her child a paternity test and gave her the public acknowledgement that she wasn't a liar, and that Dad really was Dad. Dad is just as uninvolved as he's always been with his child (one of six children he has with three different women), but at least the child's legal and social status is a bit clearer. From what the lead worker on the case has discovered, most of the hassle from Dad's family went away after the show. That may be because Dad had a new child with a new woman, or it may be because of the very public way this woman's story was presented. This mom has a recording of the show, though, and is pretty happy to show it to anyone who's interested.

The article touches on the idea that perhaps the Kyle show is just one event in a long series of events. I think that's the truth. I won't pretend the Kyle show is a good thing. But sometimes, people are just damaged or self-destructive, or just unlucky. The "researchers" on the show may work hard to wind up the guests ahead of time, but after working with people in the social care system, I also wonder how hard they had to work at winding them up. It's unrealistic to expect a television show to change 18 years worth of behaviour. The Kyle show may need to raise their "aftercare" game, but to pretend they're a therapeutic institution is silly.
posted by Grrlscout at 6:50 AM on April 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Personally, I try to avoid appearing on shows that routinely require "aftercare" for guests.
posted by ryanrs at 7:14 AM on April 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


At the end of the day, I'm not here to make friends
posted by FfejL at 7:37 AM on April 24, 2011


At the end of the day it gets dark

God i hate jeremy kyle. I agree with john lennon when he said "the rich seek the destruction of the working class" and this is another step along that road: put some poorly educated people from deprived backgrounds on the telly for us all to laugh at and ridicule. There lack of education and social skills are there for all to see. As nick cohen said "how can you fight for the emancipation of the working classes when you despise them" (as chavscum/dolescum/feral children etc etc)

well done mr kyle, you have played your part well...
posted by marienbad at 7:39 AM on April 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


There lack of education...

Heh.
posted by i_cola at 9:23 AM on April 24, 2011


Just a reminder: Jerry Springer relies on acting majors from Chicago area colleges for a lot of his shows.
It is in fact possible to exhaust Chicago's reserves of fuckup and misery and have to make stuff up, and that's what Spriinger does.
posted by ocschwar at 10:10 AM on April 24, 2011


What? We took over tv decades ago, and you're just noticing now? Wait till you see what we've got in mind for the internets - you're going to love it! [sinister laughter]

Yours etc.,

The Forces of Evil
posted by sneebler at 11:25 AM on April 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


In the case I'm familiar with, the woman had been trying to get the father of her child to acknowledge his paternity for over three years, with no result, and a lot of namecalling and hassle from Dad and his family.

Wouldn't a quick call to the Child Support Agency be a lot less hassle?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:17 PM on April 24, 2011


You can never have too many lesbian love triangles on TV, or indeed in real life.
posted by joannemullen at 3:24 PM on April 24, 2011


Yeah, it should be said that Jeremy Kyle is actually very different from Jerry Springer. I can see going on Jerry Springer for fun, because it's sort of a kind of theater. The Jeremy Kyle show - well, the whole point of the Jeremy Kyle show is for Jeremy Kyle himself to scream at people and tell them they're shit. I don't particularly revere Jerry Springer, but I can't remember him ever telling anybody they were shit. His persona was mostly the bemused gawker, and there were times he was almost admirably open-minded - again, not to say that I think he's fantastic, only that Jeremy Kyle is a whole different level of evil, and should be seen as such.
posted by koeselitz at 3:51 PM on April 24, 2011


The fact that I read this thread right after reading a thread full of Americans complaining about not being able to watch British TV is hilarious to me.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:32 PM on April 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I always thought the programme should be renamed 'Shouting At Chavs'.
posted by quarsan at 11:06 PM on April 24, 2011


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