This Writing Life
Writer and psychologist.
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I didn’t see it — the title would have put me off even if I’d noticed it in the listings — but it sounds like exactly the sort of programme that would wind me up too. I now know to avoid it in future!
Julian Fellowes used to write speeches for Iain Duncan Smith. (Remember him?)
See, it all falls into place now.
It’s funny, Carla. I also though I wouldn’t like it — but I went ahead anyway. It’s this attitude that gets me hooked on Big Brother. A coupel nights of “Oh, Christ, they’re all morons!” soon segues into “Hmm, I wonder what the morons are up to?” Hours pass…
I think you’re right, Tim. I wonder if he came up with the “Never underestimate a quiet man” bit. Quite excruciating. Him and Ricky Gervais have ‘embarrassment comedy’ in common; the only difference is that Gervais intends it, Fellowes does not.
I’ve never watched Big Brother so I can’t comment, but it’s certainly true that there’s something mesmerising about activity on a screen, whatever the activity is. I know nothing about football and care less, but if someone else is watching a match on the TV it will hook my attention too, even though I’ve no idea what’s going on. I think it’s the same brain process that’s fascinated by a tank of tropical fish.
I don’t have a life either, Ian, but one thing is for sure, I don’t spend my non-life watching live TV. I only watch films or drama that I’ve recorded or bought.I’ve never watched big brother, or, in fact, any live TV for about 15 years. My god, a dinosauress. (I admit I got sucked into a bit of the test match series last summer via helping to build some flatpack furniture in the room where it was on).Interesting that about Fellowes writing speeches for Iain Duncan Smith, whom I do dimly recall 😉 Wonder who writes the Lib Dem’s?
This may be a non-sequitur, but I went onto a blog earlier today which contained this posting: “I am going away for the week. Please will someone tape the Internet for me while I am away, I don’t want to miss anything?”
I think you’re right about the telly; I like the idea of just watching DVDs — would certainly free up some time. One day per series of 24!
I am going to ignore any deep intellectual thoughts you may have thrown us and ask you what you think of The Office.We get the US version here in Canada. Some people think it’s the stupidest thing they’ve ever seen. My 13yo son thinks it’s one of the funniest things he’s ever seen. I just watch the show with my jaw on the floor because these idiotic actions are mirrored every day in real life by real life idiots. It takes that uncomfortable factor to the highest extent. BUT! Usually it’s not at the embarrassment of one person — one person made to be the victim. It’s the embarrassment of the collective at the actions of one person. This again mirrors the unwillingness of people, who have power in numbers, to stand up to the idiots around them, but don’t have the courage. I think it’s a great poke at society in general.
I must say that I haven’t seen the US version of The Office, but I’m a big fan of the original, BBC version. It certainly thrives on embarrassment. Sometimes, it’s almost too much and I have to switch over…
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