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By: Su Holmes

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 13: ‘Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery’: Celebrities, ‘Ordinary’ People, and This is Your Life (BBC, 1955–65)

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‘Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery’: Celebrities, ‘Ordinary’ People, and This is Your Life (BBC, 1955–65)
‘Torture, treacle, tears and trickery’: Celebrities, ‘ordinary’ people, and this is your life (BBC, 1955–65)
SuHolmes

This show clearly represents a tasteless affront to the intelligence and sensibility of viewers, a pandering to cheap publicity and the easy acquisition of a mass audience.1

It must be stopped. It exploits… human sentiment for the sake of gratifying gutter-like curiosities.2

This transforms televiewing into the delight of the Peeping Tom, and those who don't mind should be prevented from indulging in a base and reprehensible desire.3

While strongly evocative of the cultural debate which greeted Big Brother (2000-, UK), these comments are not a recent condemnation of Reality TV, but refer to the BBC's most popular entertainment ...

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