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Big Brother may be on its last legs but that doesn’t mean reality television is in trouble. The genre is still producing real excellence

By Peter Bazalgette   October 2009

“Is reality television on its last legs?” is a pretty dumb question. But if I had £1 for each time I’m asked it I could make serious inroads into Britain’s swollen government debt. And a good deal of the money would have accrued in the past month, since Channel 4 announced they could do without Big Brother. In fact, reality television has never been stronger—dominating the schedules with narratives at about a tenth the cost of television drama. Telly tsars are no more going to give up on reality television then they are on news, sport or comedy. It’s become…

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