Endemol, eh?

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Outcry over TV kidney competition



The show comes from Big Brother creators Endemol

A Dutch TV station says it will go ahead with a programme in which a terminally ill woman selects one of three patients to receive her kidneys.

Political parties have called for The Big Donor Show to be scrapped, but broadcaster BNN says it will highlight the country's shortage of organ donors.

"It's a crazy idea," said Joop Atsma, of the ruling Christian Democrat Party.

"It can't be possible that, in the Netherlands, people vote about who's getting a kidney," he told the BBC.

The programme, from Big Brother creators Endemol, is due to be screened on Friday night.

'Totally unacceptable'


Specialists in kidney transplants have condemned the programme

The 37-year-old donor, identified only as Lisa, will make her choice based on the contestants' history, profile and conversation with their family and friends.

Viewers will also be able to send in their advice by text message during the 80-minute show.

The Dutch donor authority has condemned the show, as have kidney specialists in the UK.

"The scenario portrayed in this programme is ethically totally unacceptable," said Professor John Feehally, who has just ended his term as president of the UK's Renal Association.

"The show will not further understanding of transplants," he added. "Instead it will cause confusion and anxiety."

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Professor Feehally also pointed out that, under normal circumstances, two people would benefit from a donor, each receiving one kidney.

"The set up of the programme bears no relationship to the way decisions are made about transplants in the real world," he said.

"Living donors can choose altruistically to give one of their kidneys - usually to a family member.

"If organs become available after someone dies, health professionals with access to detailed information about those waiting for a transplant make objective decisions about who should receive those particular kidneys."

'Shocking'


BNN chairman Laurens Drillich has defended the show

The former director of TV station BNN, Bart de Graaff, died from kidney failure aged 35 after spending years on a transplant waiting list.

"The chance for a kidney for the contestants is 33%," said the station's current chairman, Laurens Drillich. "This is much higher than that for people on a waiting list."

"We think that is disastrous, so we are acting in a shocking way to bring attention to this problem."

"For years and years we have had problems in the Netherlands with organ donations and especially kidney donations," agreed Alexander Pechtold of D-66, the Dutch social liberal party.

"You can have a discussion about if this is distasteful, but finally we have a public debate," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

TV critics in the UK have expressed horror at the programme, but said such a show would be unlikely in Britain.

"My first reaction, probably everyone's reaction, is that this is as dangerously near as we've got to a TV programme playing God," said Julia Raeside of the Guardian newspaper.

"People may live or die on the result of a game show. It's a step too far.

"I don't think this is anything to do with reality TV. It's just a crazy idea that would never play out over here."

The outcry comes at a difficult time for production company Endemol, who were censured by Ofcom last week for their handling of the Celebrity Big Brother racism row.

The Australian version of Big Brother has also drawn criticism for not telling a contestant that her father had died.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6699847.stm

Speechless. :omg:
 
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crabmabb said:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=67064.html


Already done.
Thank you and sorry. :oops:

I did search "endemol + kidney" before posting.
 
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I don't like any of the live game shows that we have in this country. I personally think that "Big Brother" is an abomination. But it pales into insignificance in comparison to this - plain sick.

What price 15 minutes of fame?
 
#5
As i said on the other thread. they wouldn't make these programmes if people didn't watch them, i agree, its sick beyond belief but can see millions tuning in to see what its all about. The running man with arnie was so far fetched when it came out, i'll give it 5 years before its a reality.
 
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crabmabb said:
The running man with arnie was so far fetched when it came out, i'll give it 5 years before its a reality.
Err.. I work in TV and pitched 'Celebrity Running Man' a couple of months ago- turned down, sadly. Same with 'Celebrity Guantanamo', starring Ross Kemp and Vanessa Feltz in jumpsuits and stress positions... ratings gold, I tell you!
 
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Rumpelstiltskin said:
crabmabb said:
The running man with arnie was so far fetched when it came out, i'll give it 5 years before its a reality.
Err.. I work in TV and pitched 'Celebrity Running Man' a couple of months ago- turned down, sadly. Same with 'Celebrity Guantanamo', starring Ross Kemp and Vanessa Feltz in jumpsuits and stress positions... ratings gold, I tell you!
Celebrity guantanamo sounds a winner all the way to me!! Got the allan partridge edge to it. Should re-name this thread "tv we'd love to see". any other idea's for top quality tv shows?
 
#8
Can i suggest "Tea with T" richard and judy style afternoon show but presented by mr T who delivers a good thrashing to Z list celebs and mongs who he takes exception to. If you take this to a production company, i want half of any royalties!
 

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Celebrity Castaway.

Jade Goody, Vanessa Feltz, the shouty guy from Cillit Bang (and a few others I'm sure we'll think of later) are chucked overboard mid-Atlantic without a life raft. (Is Addenuf a celebrity? Who cares, he can go as well!)






The end!
 

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#10
crabmabb said:
Should re-name this thread "tv we'd love to see". any other idea's for top quality tv shows?
Yeah. "Celebrity Love Island - The Survivor Episode".

Get a dozen of these Endemol execs. Ship them out to an island in the tropics. Then fuck off.

No food, no water, no shelter, no tools, no comms, no iPods etc.

And dont come back for a year.

Ladbrokes to give odds on which is the first to suggest Long Pig for tea.
 
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I also pitched 'New Model Army'- a cross between Bad's Lad's Army and Model Behaviour, where the lithe young fillies lived at the Guards depot and were taken in hand by the DS's- assault courses, taken to castings in a Bedford, bit of fieldcraft to win 48hr leave on weekends etc. Channel 5 and Living were interested, but it fizzled out.

Also 'Give (insert useless celeb) A Point', where some idle scumbag like Calum Best or Jade Goody gets taught a trade (carpentry, mechanics eg), then has to stick to it without appearing on TV or in scandal rags for a year.

I tried to do a ob doc series for the TA centenary following new recruits through training all the way to Ops, but C4, BBC3 and BBC1 turned it down due to being 'not suited to current requirements' :roll:
 
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#13
More crap.
 

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