29 January 2014

Celebrity

It used to be that people worshipped the sun, forces of Nature or water sources. In more recent times, manmade religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism took over but now, in this modern world, one of the most powerful religions seems to be The Cult of Celebrity.

Evidence of this new religion is very apparent in popular television. It used to be that so-called celebrities stuck to their day jobs as actors, comedians, newsreaders, models, singers or whatever. But now they are unbounded, exploiting their "celebrity" status in unfamiliar fields.

Though I try not to watch such entertainment, I am aware of "celebrities" appearing in cooking programmes, much-loved quiz programmes like "Mastermind" and "Pointless", "I'm A Celebrity Get Me out of Here" (ostensibly about jungle survival), "Strictly Come Dancing", "Dancing on Ice", "Celebrity Big Brother", "Through the Keyhole", "Top Gear" etc. etc.. There are celebrities everywhere.

I thought I had seen it all but lately I have become aware of  two new celebrity programmes. In one of them minor celebrities compete against each other by diving from a high diving boards into (perhaps unfortunately) a swimming pool ("Celebrity Splash"). In the other, and quite astonishingly, they compete against each other at a winter ski jump. Quite bizarre!

Anyway this set me thinking about other possibilities for celebrity TV programmes and after much deliberation I have come up with four:-

1) Celebrity Teaching Assistant - In which a bunch of celebrities work for a year in tough inner-city secondary schools as teaching assistants - supporting the work of lead classroom teachers. The winner would be the last celebrity to succumb to tears or nervous exhaustion.

2) Celebrity Street Sweeper - In which celebrities are attached to road cleaning crews in several British cities. After six months, the varying weights of rubbish swept up would be compared and the winning celebrity would be the one who had gathered the greatest weight of rubbish. The celebrities - including Angelina Jolie and Justin Beiber - would be required to wear standard issue yellow fluorescent jackets, over-trousers and peaked caps.

3) Celebrity Monk/ Celebrity Nun - In which celebrities are sent - perhaps for five years - to remote monasteries or convents where the vow of silence is observed. The cameras would follow their self-flagellation, early morning "matins" and regular consumption of thin gruel. The winner would simply be the celebrity who lasted the longest. Initial invitations would be sent to Chris Evans (British TV and radio presenter), Roger Federer (suave Swiss tennis player), Sir Alex Ferguson (Glaswegian fitba know-all), Lady Gaga (flouncing and deranged American singer), Cheryl Cole (narcissistic Geordie moneygrabber) and Julie Gayet (The French President's latest mistress).

4) Last Celebrity Standing - In which celebrities enter an arena surrounded by a baying crowd. Hungry lions are released into the arena and the winning celebrity is the last one to be gobbled up by the lions. You might think that celebrities wouldn't volunteer for this but when I tell you that the prize money would be sent to the winner's nominated charity then you'll surely change your mind as we all know how charitable and kind all celebrities are compared with we non-celebrity nobodies.

If you have any other ideas for original celebrity-led TV shows, please share them. You never know - there could be money in this if we play our cards right. Mmm...Celebrity Play Your Cards Right - now that's another idea.

14 comments:

  1. Celebrity Home Domestic ~ hmm whom would I choose?
    Celebrity Checkout Chick or Trolley Boy.
    Celebrity Bus Driver.
    Celebrity Parking Ticket Inspector (I actually witnessed one poor lady being abused the other day by a passer by)
    The list is endless. Quick franchise it before Simon Cowell or Jerry Beuckheimer make a buck from it.

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  2. I applaud your thinking Carol. Franchise? Yes the programmes would certainly be translated into French!

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  3. Celebrity Cook Off.
    They are all placed in a large cauldron the last one done is the winner.

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  4. Sure you got the correct consonant for the second word of your proposed title Adrian?

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  5. Tut!

    I love the celebrity Monk idea, it should be made compulsory for all footballers. Celebrity Servers would be my choice, where they all have to become waiters and waitresses, because so many of them become so arrogant very quickly.

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    1. When I first saw the term "celebrity servers" I thought of salad spoons with plastic handles in the shape of well-known celebrities. You are right to imply that many uppity celebrities look down upon menial workers like waiters and waitresses. My apologies if you yourself are a waitress JaneRowena!

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    2. No, I'm not, but I have seen them treating serving staff appallingly. Slebs were two a penny in good restaurants in London when I used to spend quite a bit of time there. The problem is, they assume that everyone recognises them and will give them preferential treatment. It makes you cringe to see them in action. Maybe they start to think that all life is a film set. James Bolam had the worst paddy I ever saw.

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  6. How about Celebrity TV Watching?
    Celebrities have to watch all those Celebrity shows (plus re-runs, except for those episodes they "starred" in). Once a week, they have to answer a quiz covering all the shows of that week; who did what, who with, and where; who won, who lost, who had the most time on camera, the worst close-ups, and so on. The winner would be the one that'd come out the least brain-washed after a certain number of weeks.

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    1. Ho! Ho! Ho! I think that is what's called tangential thinking Librarian - but I like it all the same!

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  7. "Celebrity Celebrity" - or "How Not To Be a Celebrity". Or "Normal Dancing with the Normals"....

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    1. I know this might sound weird but I would prefer to watch various programmes from which celebrities are excluded. Please don't tell anybody in case adherents of The Cult of Celebrity burn our house down.

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    2. You'll have the Kardashians beating down your door, YP!!!!

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  8. Celebrity Hop Scotch (on a minefield), Celebrity Crash Test Dummy (cars supplied by Trabant) and in a similar vein, Celebrity Speed Bump.

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    1. How about Celebrity Angolan Street Dogs in which celebrities have to stroll through the seedier suburbs of Luanda in the dead of night. WOOF! WOOF!

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