Quick on its heels came Celebrity Detox, Wife Swap and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!, last year's most-watched reality TV programme. It quickly became clear that anyone and anything was fair game for the new genre, but the more vulgar, bitchy and desperate, the better. A D-list celebrity who'd be prepared to eat jungle bugs? Warfare between a middle-class snob and a single mum of eight? Inspired! Nothing is taboo - even down to what you eat and what comes out the other end (You Are What You Eat). With such a loose format, reality TV can continue to plumb the depths of humanity and celebrity for material. Apparently, there are 200 such shows in production this year, including the ice-skating gem Stars on Thin Ice with Torvill and Dean. Unfortunately, the reality genre shows no real sign of abating.
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