Sunday, 22nd July 2018
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One of the best things about this series of documentaries about the emergency services in the U.K. is that it doesn't shy away from any of the difficult subjects or topics that similar shows do. It has a definite agenda and a very particular way of approaching subjects that means that they really get to the heart of the problem in a very short period of time. In the opening series the show was about 'toxic masculinity' in other words about how a small number, statistically about 4% of the population is responsible for about 25% of the call outs for the police. Men and in particular young men areresponsible for far more crime and in particularviolent crime than any other sector of the community. Drink and increasingly drugs fuels a lot of this but then that in and of itself can't really be enough to try and understand what is really going on. Various police personnel on the show had their own theories as to why this was happening and while they were all very considered and heartfelt they didn't really convince. One other thing about this programme is that it doesn't soft focus the crimes that are shown or the criminals themselves. There are no blurred outlines for faces, other than for those underage, and you have to think that some of these men when they sober up and see what they were like, really like when arrested will die of shame, their behaviour is not only so bad but also sadly laughable. An interesting programme that truly shows the reality of crime and criminals.


There has been so much hype around this programme and it has become such a huge international success that when you sit down to watch it for the first time you just can't believe that it really is such an unfunny hot mess of a show. It is one thing to watch clips of something on Youtube and another to sit down and watch a programme in it's entirety but it does have to be said that this show ain't funny in the slightest. It is one thing to have a group of drag queens in a room but that doesn't mean that they are going to be funny or even bitchy funny with each other. Like many other shows that is dependent on the quality of its contestants each year can vary wildly from each other depending on who is on the show. This year they just aren't that interesting or funny in the slightest. The only highlight so far was when one of the queens on the runway was told to stop her cryin when she got to give her 'emotional' story as no one was interested.

That's the sort of shade that you need to see, not a group of self obsessed drag queens with no personalities. These kinds of reality driven shows live and die by the people that they bring on and they know that is why there is so much background checking done on the people that eventually make it onto the show. And if the show's producers are savvy about what makes a good show the people who come on are just as clued in as to what will make them talked about and what will give them some longevity after the show ends. Sometimes it doesn't always work but most of the time it does and usually, no matter the show, its the gobbiest and the shadiest of people who are the most successful. Unfortunately on this season of Drag Race they didn't get the memo.


Again like Drag Race this is a show where a lot of what happens is driven by the personalities of the people on the sho but there is a large proviso there has to be a lot of talent behind the person and the longer the show goes on the more that talent has to be in evidence. There is no use in standing up in front of the judges, mostly all experts in their field, with a winning smile and just a wisp of a dress on your model with which to impress them with.

The show is interesting because it has taken the reality show model but mixed it up with a good degree of talent that has to be showing.

In drag race the queens have to be good drag queens and impress but they have to have personality above everything else, here on Project Runway they have to have talent as well.


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