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September 9, 2008 6:56 AM   Subscribe

When reality bites, it leaves deep scars... behind the scenes of The Jeremy Kyle Show. 'One-Night Stand On CCTV!' 1, 2, 3 - the episode mentioned in the article. Brooker on Kyle. Dead Ringers sketch.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I hadn't even known who this reprehensible fucktard was until seeing clips on Brooker's Screenwipe (all available on Youtube, by the way), and ohmygod...
posted by opsin at 7:03 AM on September 9, 2008

And of course it was he being pissed on by muppets that turned him into the vile figure of manipulation and humiliation that he is today...
posted by opsin at 7:05 AM on September 9, 2008

The most damning indictment is that the government want him to front a show about getting people off benefits.

Things like this turn me into a Scots nationalist, except then I remember it's just as bad north of the border.

Britain, what happened?
posted by Happy Dave at 7:12 AM on September 9, 2008

Ah, forgot the government link.

Ah also forgot Screenwipe covered Jeremy 'Satan' Kyle in the first episode... starts about 6.00. But yeah it's well worth watching all of it.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:17 AM on September 9, 2008

Rabble rabble rabble!
posted by pyrex at 8:05 AM on September 9, 2008

Jerr(em)y! Jerr(em)y! Jerr(em)y!

Britain gave us "The Office"... we had to return the favor.
posted by wendell at 8:41 AM on September 9, 2008

Ah, the English vindictiveness. We Americans are just bitter, and what's more, we're relatively confused and unintelligent about it; hence our tabloids either feature pictures of people on the beach or inventive and amusing photoshop images of aliens shaking the hand of Ronald Reagan, and our 'chat shows' at their worst are just incoherent and sloppy. Whereas you English somehow manage this deep and precise cruelty. I can't ever imagine Jerry Springer (who is not a stupid man) slinging such precise and off-the-cuff barbs as Jeremy Kyle (who is not as intelligent as Jerry Springer) does without blinking. I just don't think Jerry has the skill set or the training. What is that sense for the soft, delicate parts of people that makes it so easy to attack?
posted by koeselitz at 8:45 AM on September 9, 2008 [1 favorite]

Let us know when the opera is out.
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:03 AM on September 9, 2008


posted by mippy at 10:05 AM on September 9, 2008

No no no no NO. Jeremy Kyle should be one of those things that is contained within our borders and never ever exposed to outsiders. Bleargh!

> "Ah, the English vindictiveness. We Americans are just bitter, and what's more, we're relatively confused and unintelligent about it"

This is just the end result of the bitterness after it collects and takes shape into something more tangible. You can already see it within episodes of the (far worse) Steve Wilkos show (NSFW). I'm sorry for your future loss :(

One day we will look back on these times and laugh. I hope.
posted by saturnine at 10:25 AM on September 9, 2008

Pretty horrifying piece. I watch Jeremy Kyle sometimes (usually when I have trouble sleeping - it doesn't help!). More than Kyle's general high-horse awfulness, and the sense you get of him gaining some degree of sexual satisfaction from bellowing at, then consoling women, the programme is disturbing because guests on (victims of?) the show have very obvious, very serious mental health problems, or are actually high on smack while participating.

It's good that this piece confirms and makes public that they deliberately ignore mental health problems, and I'd be interested to see if it prompts the producers to tone it down. I mean, surely they can find 'scum' to put in the stocks without resorting to people who are clearly in need of urgent medical or psychiatric help.
posted by jack_mo at 10:40 AM on September 9, 2008

And where is Ofcom in all this? I would expect the purpose of television regulation would be to at least protect people from themselves?
posted by niccolo at 11:26 AM on September 9, 2008

fearfulsymmetry -

Thanks for the ScreenWipe tip. Watched the whole episode 1, with the rest to watch after work... Great fun.
posted by Samizdata at 11:41 AM on September 9, 2008

Charlie Brooker ScreenWipe, great stuff. Jeremy Kyle...being merely a Jerry Springer copy with the dreadful fake "morality" angle sexed up, not so much.
posted by telstar at 1:01 AM on September 10, 2008

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