Reality TV Again

First Rant of 2014

I’ve spent a lot of time in front of the TV over Christmas and the New Year watching cricket. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed that but the downside has been sitting through never-ending promos for upcoming shows on local free to air stations. As I remarked to Hubby, seeing the promos for the latest crop of Reality shows reminds me again of why I don’t watch them.

So what do we have to look forward to?

  • My Kitchen Rules – Twin girls with ghastly, too bright lipstick and in their words one brain between them and a couple with a cheese obsession. Give me Wallace and Gromit.
  • The Biggest Loser – How will the bitchy Michelle manage to bully a whole town? I’m sorry but I saw one promo featuring her last year and ever since then I feel violent whenever I see her face. One day someone will die on one of these quick fix weight loss shows.
  • The Voice and Voice Kids – Plainly it is all about the judges. Joel Madden I know who you are now. Kylie Minogue appears in this. I agree she is a great performer but I’ve never thought she has a good singing voice. So shoot me!
  • So You Think You Can Dance – I’m not familiar with the format of this one but no doubt there will be the usual “Good Cop, Bad Cop “ judges, some drama amongst the contestants who will have some deep, dark tragedy in their lives and someone will fall over and break a leg attempting some dance move.
  • The Block – So this time they have to build walls and ceilings as well as decorate. Not to mention find time to fight with each other. I would be frightened to live in a house built by a Reality Show contestant.
  • Big Brother – Please can we just stop!
  • When Love Comes To Town – I haven’t read a run-down of this yet but it appears to be a cross between “The Bachelor” and “The Farmer Wants A Wife”.

People who have read this blog before will know that I hate Reality TV so much that I’m probably not even rational about it. I’m sure many people find it entertaining but to me it is lazy television. I don’t feel it promotes good values. It showcases bad behaviour, bad manners and bullying. The people who make these shows want the audience to tune in to see how awful some of these people can be.

I would far rather that Australian TV stations spent their money on good quality dramas with realistic characters that you can like and admire. Please give us another Sea Change or even “A Country Practice, Sullivan’s or Carson’s Law. Of course making Australian drama is expensive and Reality TV is cheap so guess what we’ll get?

I know the answer. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Well don’t worry I won’t but it’s hard to avoid seeing the ads. One only needs so many cups of coffee and trips to the bathroom.


image Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue




I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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