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Ant and Dec’s live TV Gillian McKeith nightmare

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For a second it looked like Nigel Kneale’s seminal play on reality television gone bonkers, Year of the Sex Olympics, had come to pass, with Gillian McKeith‘s apparent collapse live on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Our Of Here.

In the play an underclass of dim TV viewers watch, amused, as people are slaughtered live on TV. Although McKeith appears to have suffered an attack of lazyitis (ahem), rather than a psychopath (though Nigel Havvers might be one to keep an eye on), the rabbit-in-the-headlights reactions of loveable Geordie scamps Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly told their own story.

Anyway, I don’t really have a point to make about this, except how amusing it all was, how much live, blurry freeze frames of virtually anything lend an aura of the eerie and unsettling to the most mundane TV fare – and what it might look like of a contestant on the show actually died.

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November 21st, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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