Nobody should assume that I am some sort of TV snob. I like The X-Factor, I like Eastenders, indeed I even enjoyed the BBCs recent Saturday night show "Hole In The Wall". However, the new series "Total Wipeout" really does the BBC no favours at all.
Why, for starters do they have the show presented from London by Richard Hammond, with a his commentary put on several weeks after the show was actually recorded, with the action back projected behind him ? This seems really rather cheap and nasty and reminiscent of Takeshi's Castle, which if you don't know already, is a rather pointless and banal Japanese forerunner of "Total Wipeout", which is shown on obscure satellite channels by SKY with a dubbed British commentary.
But worse is the fact that people are given £10,000 if they win this competition on top of the fact that all 20 competitors are already flown to Buenos Aires (where the show is filmed) along with, so it appears, several members of their family. Despite the fact that the show's production values appear cheap, clearly this is not a cheap show to put together.
For me the problem this programme faces is that in a household like mine with two adults and one 18 month old child in it, the only person actually enjoying the show was the 18 month child, my wife started to read and I decided that the internet was a better option. Surely that says it all ?
I'm not going to knock the BBC though. They do need to try and appeal to different audiences and engage with every type of viewer. They also have to try to make shows that draw in viewers as many of those who so loathe the BBC want the BBC to become a niche broadcaster with a small number of viewers so that they can justify scrapping the license. I just hope though that the BBC does not give these people more ammunition and that if the viewing figures are poor for this show they will make sure that it is the first and last series of Total Wipeout.