'Faked' Bargain Hunt the final straw
I see that the latest television programme to become embroiled in the 'fakery' scandal is Bargain Hunt. Apparently audiences were mislead - events seen on screen often had to be reproduced for the camera, advice was given that was not shown on screen, and the programme isn't recorded in real-time.
This latest scandal should be a wake-up call for all British broadcasters, that they need to take firm action to expose this habitual culture of deceit.
I propose that the five terrestrial broadcasters get together and announce they will simultaneously broadcast a day full of programming without any artificial elements.
No re-takes if something goes wrong.
No multiple camera shots of the 'same' event if a production only has one camera crew on it.
No over-dubbing of sound.
The BBC could perhaps broadcast some of their famous nature documentaries, but simply leave it to chance as to whether any animals appear in it or not.
Daytime property shows could revert to just simply knocking on people's doors and hoping that they want to sell their houses - as pre-selecting the participants for these kind of shows is clearly a form of audience trickery.
Comedy quiz shows should be broadcast where the panel haven't been given access to the questions in advance in order to prepare their routines.
Perhaps ITV could do a Stars In Their Eyes special, where after the hairy 40 something truck driver utters the immortal words, "Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be Celine Dion", the camera lovingly lingers on the stage entrance for about 3-and-a-half hours whilst the audience waits for the make-up job to be completed.
And at the end of the day, the viewers can then make a more informed decision on whether they want their TV to be completely honest, or whether it isn't just a teeny-weeny bit more entertaining and better made with a degree of artifice in it.
Deliberately defrauding viewers and listeners of money by faking competitions is one thing, and without doubt a crime...but faking 'Bargain Hunt'?