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We have been watching Dream School which is a sort of weird concept. Basically it is a reality TV show about a load of disruptive thick kids who have failed all their exams. Celebrity Saint and former cook Jamie Olivier has set up a school staffed by celebrities who teach a couple of lessons to try and turn the kids around. I suppose the aim is to show that these kids can be improved. In many ways it seems to have failed and merely proved that you cannot polish a turd. Cruel, but fair. These kids all seem to be disruptive with limited attention spans and with little real interest in what is going on. It is rather logical that experts are not necessarily going to make great teachers and a few weeks is not going to turn these kids around. They are not exactly rough kids, many of them seem to be quite middle classed. It is sort of compelling to watch how badly behaved they are. I can't see there is going to be any sort of lesson that can be rolled out to wider society, they are just not enough celebrities in the UK to be shared around all the failing schools.
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We have been watching Dream School which is a sort of weird concept. Basically it is a reality TV show about a load of disruptive thick kids who have failed all their exams. Celebrity Saint and former cook Jamie Olivier has set up a school staffed by celebrities who teach a couple of lessons to try and turn the kids around. I suppose the aim is to show that these kids can be improved. In many ways it seems to have failed and merely proved that you cannot polish a turd. Cruel, but fair. These kids all seem to be disruptive with limited attention spans and with little real interest in what is going on. It is rather logical that experts are not necessarily going to make great teachers and a few weeks is not going to turn these kids around. They are not exactly rough kids, many of them seem to be quite middle classed. It is sort of compelling to watch how badly behaved they are. I can't see there is going to be any sort of lesson that can be rolled out to wider society, they are just not enough celebrities in the UK to be shared around all the failing schools.
radiantsoul: (Default)
We have been watching Dream School which is a sort of weird concept. Basically it is a reality TV show about a load of disruptive thick kids who have failed all their exams. Celebrity Saint and former cook Jamie Olivier has set up a school staffed by celebrities who teach a couple of lessons to try and turn the kids around. I suppose the aim is to show that these kids can be improved. In many ways it seems to have failed and merely proved that you cannot polish a turd. Cruel, but fair. These kids all seem to be disruptive with limited attention spans and with little real interest in what is going on. It is rather logical that experts are not necessarily going to make great teachers and a few weeks is not going to turn these kids around. They are not exactly rough kids, many of them seem to be quite middle classed. It is sort of compelling to watch how badly behaved they are. I can't see there is going to be any sort of lesson that can be rolled out to wider society, they are just not enough celebrities in the UK to be shared around all the failing schools.
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Two of my favourite programs are probably the UK dramas Shameless and Skins. I had always thought that they were quintessentially British. So I was somewhat suprised that they are being remade in the USA.

I download and watched the first episode of Skins USA. It was very close to the UK version, with much the same dialogue, camera angles and even settings. For example close to the beginning the main character walks along talking on a mobile phone. The backdrops - a bridge, a road, etc are very similar. I am pretty sure the actors have studied the originals very closely as they seem to act in a similiar way. Apparently the story lines will diverge over the course of the series, but the teaser for the rest of the series seemed to have a lot of similarities.

The characters all have more American names, but one big change is the gay male dancer is replaced by a lesbian cheerleader. I wonder if that is because cheerleaders are more iconic or just that a gay male character is more controversial. The gay male seemed quite key to the UK version as he rather higlighted that the main character was essentially amoral in the pursuit of interesting events. I can't see how an attached heterosexual male having sex with an attractive lesbian is quite so powerful.

It seems that a few advertisers have pulled out as there is underage sex in it. It also has quite a lot of drugs and alcohol usage by a young cast. They are all over the UK age of consent as far as I remember though.

I am not sure it was as good as the British one, perhaps because I am already attached to the British version. The first episode reminded me of Ferris Buellers Day Off, as the series goes on it becomes darker and more sinister as the characters are each given a space in a spotlight and are generally tested. I found it slightly hard to believe that in the US kids of their age would be walking and taking the bus rather than driving. I also missed Harry Enfield's role as the angry dad locked out of is own bathroom, the american chap was not as funny.

One interesting thing I have noted is the trailer for the UK version simply featured all the characters walking home drunk or wasted from a party in the early hours of the morning. It was hard to tell if it was a drama or a comedy, the only hint was that it was from the makers of Shameless. The US trailer meanwhile features lots and lots of bits cut out of the first episode, it sort of tells you exactly what is going to happen and the trailer could serve as an aide memoire for the entire episode.

The fifth season of our version of Skins starts this week, I struggled with the third and fourth series as te characters are changed every two years and I didn't find the second generation as compelling. The last series was also too dark and rather unbelievable.

I am curious as how Shameless will work as I am not sure the US has quite the same benefit/welfare culture.
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Two of my favourite programs are probably the UK dramas Shameless and Skins. I had always thought that they were quintessentially British. So I was somewhat suprised that they are being remade in the USA.

I download and watched the first episode of Skins USA. It was very close to the UK version, with much the same dialogue, camera angles and even settings. For example close to the beginning the main character walks along talking on a mobile phone. The backdrops - a bridge, a road, etc are very similar. I am pretty sure the actors have studied the originals very closely as they seem to act in a similiar way. Apparently the story lines will diverge over the course of the series, but the teaser for the rest of the series seemed to have a lot of similarities.

The characters all have more American names, but one big change is the gay male dancer is replaced by a lesbian cheerleader. I wonder if that is because cheerleaders are more iconic or just that a gay male character is more controversial. The gay male seemed quite key to the UK version as he rather higlighted that the main character was essentially amoral in the pursuit of interesting events. I can't see how an attached heterosexual male having sex with an attractive lesbian is quite so powerful.

It seems that a few advertisers have pulled out as there is underage sex in it. It also has quite a lot of drugs and alcohol usage by a young cast. They are all over the UK age of consent as far as I remember though.

I am not sure it was as good as the British one, perhaps because I am already attached to the British version. The first episode reminded me of Ferris Buellers Day Off, as the series goes on it becomes darker and more sinister as the characters are each given a space in a spotlight and are generally tested. I found it slightly hard to believe that in the US kids of their age would be walking and taking the bus rather than driving. I also missed Harry Enfield's role as the angry dad locked out of is own bathroom, the american chap was not as funny.

One interesting thing I have noted is the trailer for the UK version simply featured all the characters walking home drunk or wasted from a party in the early hours of the morning. It was hard to tell if it was a drama or a comedy, the only hint was that it was from the makers of Shameless. The US trailer meanwhile features lots and lots of bits cut out of the first episode, it sort of tells you exactly what is going to happen and the trailer could serve as an aide memoire for the entire episode.

The fifth season of our version of Skins starts this week, I struggled with the third and fourth series as te characters are changed every two years and I didn't find the second generation as compelling. The last series was also too dark and rather unbelievable.

I am curious as how Shameless will work as I am not sure the US has quite the same benefit/welfare culture.
radiantsoul: (Default)
Two of my favourite programs are probably the UK dramas Shameless and Skins. I had always thought that they were quintessentially British. So I was somewhat suprised that they are being remade in the USA.

I download and watched the first episode of Skins USA. It was very close to the UK version, with much the same dialogue, camera angles and even settings. For example close to the beginning the main character walks along talking on a mobile phone. The backdrops - a bridge, a road, etc are very similar. I am pretty sure the actors have studied the originals very closely as they seem to act in a similiar way. Apparently the story lines will diverge over the course of the series, but the teaser for the rest of the series seemed to have a lot of similarities.

The characters all have more American names, but one big change is the gay male dancer is replaced by a lesbian cheerleader. I wonder if that is because cheerleaders are more iconic or just that a gay male character is more controversial. The gay male seemed quite key to the UK version as he rather higlighted that the main character was essentially amoral in the pursuit of interesting events. I can't see how an attached heterosexual male having sex with an attractive lesbian is quite so powerful.

It seems that a few advertisers have pulled out as there is underage sex in it. It also has quite a lot of drugs and alcohol usage by a young cast. They are all over the UK age of consent as far as I remember though.

I am not sure it was as good as the British one, perhaps because I am already attached to the British version. The first episode reminded me of Ferris Buellers Day Off, as the series goes on it becomes darker and more sinister as the characters are each given a space in a spotlight and are generally tested. I found it slightly hard to believe that in the US kids of their age would be walking and taking the bus rather than driving. I also missed Harry Enfield's role as the angry dad locked out of is own bathroom, the american chap was not as funny.

One interesting thing I have noted is the trailer for the UK version simply featured all the characters walking home drunk or wasted from a party in the early hours of the morning. It was hard to tell if it was a drama or a comedy, the only hint was that it was from the makers of Shameless. The US trailer meanwhile features lots and lots of bits cut out of the first episode, it sort of tells you exactly what is going to happen and the trailer could serve as an aide memoire for the entire episode.

The fifth season of our version of Skins starts this week, I struggled with the third and fourth series as te characters are changed every two years and I didn't find the second generation as compelling. The last series was also too dark and rather unbelievable.

I am curious as how Shameless will work as I am not sure the US has quite the same benefit/welfare culture.
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Last ever Big Brother today. It is odd that it lasted just a decade. I remmeber a few years ago it was massive and was something everyone talked about. It started off as a sort of social experiment, but eventually became a big part of celebrity culture and reality television. It seemed as if all television was to be subsumed by one or other form of reality television. And then it sort of faded away - people became critical, audience levels fell, media moved on and now it is cancelled.

It is odd to think that it was really so massive and for such a short period of time. A bit like the way the Spice Girls were huge. I wonder how social historians will look back on it and the general public, it is naff and a lot of it was quite dull. The people on it were attention seeking arguers and it seems so weird to look back on it.

Reality TV still seems to dominate the screens, but it seems to be more pseudo documentaries with a more serious edge(Apprentice, Supernanny, etc). Even the property programs seems to be in decline. I am sort of hoping that drama will make a come back.

But if my future self reads this I must admit for the first few years I did enjoy Big Brother and even when it became naff I took some interest in proceeds. I just don't quite know why.

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