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at the BBC's planned 'Hunger Games' type show?

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betseyfly Sun 31-May-15 18:08:52

If it were Channel 4 and I wouldn't be surprised, though I would be just as appalled.

The proposal is - unemployed people and low-paid workers will compete in a series of challenges in competition for a cash prize. Does anyone know how to start an online petition against this?

gaggiagirl Sun 31-May-15 18:11:08

Go onto you can create a petition there.
Can you link to the proposed tv show?

EponasWildDaughter Sun 31-May-15 18:26:43

Doesn't sound unlike the Jeremy Kyle show sadly.

GreenAugustLion Sun 31-May-15 18:28:39

Are they going to be fighting? Killing each other off?

If not, I think the hunger games comparison is a little stretched. It's probably no different to lots of shite game shows.

streakybacon Sun 31-May-15 18:29:40

There is already a petition here

dangerrabbit Sun 31-May-15 18:35:04



cardibach Sun 31-May-15 18:39:11

I think it's pretty awful, but I don't get the 'Hunger Games' allusion.

trice Sun 31-May-15 18:43:31

I have signed, it would be in very poor taste to exploit desperate people like that.

FeelingSmurfy Sun 31-May-15 18:45:22

Its a job at the end with 25k PA wage, not a cash prize

I think its disgusting sad

CatMilkMan Sun 31-May-15 18:46:02

You might want to get your facts together before you start a petition.

CinderellaRockefeller Sun 31-May-15 18:46:19

It's basically the apprentice isn't it? It is distasteful to peg it to minimum wage and so on, but it's hardly battle royale.

Fairy13 Sun 31-May-15 18:48:51

What's the difference between that and the apprentice?

AnyoneForTennis Sun 31-May-15 18:51:49

A petition lol! As if anyone will take notice of that!

Madeyemoodysmum Sun 31-May-15 18:55:55

Cool so they are using hard core weapons and killing each other on tv for our entertainment?


Then it's not the hunger games is it?

HelenaDove Sun 31-May-15 19:00:34

Jack Monroes briiliant warning about this.

HelenaDove Sun 31-May-15 19:01:09

I agree with Smurfy.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 31-May-15 19:08:39

Its more like Running Man. Awful.

HelenaDove Sun 31-May-15 19:18:58

BBC need to remember that ppl on low incomes pay the tv licence too

stoopstoconker Sun 31-May-15 19:19:13

Jack Monroe is so articulate, after seeing her on Question Time I thought if I was a lesbian I'd have a massive crush on her! smile

EponasWildDaughter Sun 31-May-15 19:23:59

In the link it says:

Only the UK’s lowest-paid workers and the unemployed will be invited to compete.

At the end of each episode, those who have produced the least will be eliminated and by the end of the process, just one worker will remain. The winner will receive in the region of £15,000 which is estimated to be a year’s living wage, outside of London.

It doesn't say anything about a job. Unless i've read wrong.

GymBum Sun 31-May-15 19:30:11

Was this discussed on LBC by James O'Brian and that's where the tag "Hunger Games" was coined The basic discussion was whether or not the programme was distasteful. One side of the argument been its another version of crap like Benefits Street which exploits minimum wage/unemployed people makes them look work shy/lazy/feckless but the other argument was its unusual for BBC2 to run revenue driven drivel like Benefits Street and therefore was this trying to demonstrate that giving people a good enough reward results in them putting a lot of effort into it eg pay more than minimum wage and get better/more productivity and happier employees I didn't hear the whole debate.

Personally I thinks it's more crap TV.

YsabellStoHelit Sun 31-May-15 19:31:05

I find it distasteful for sure but no more than any of the other reality show crap on tv. I believe it all to be exploitative rubbish of varying degrees. Shows of this type have roots in:
Laughing at people who think they can sing/dance/do business/pitch an idea/be a model etc
Judging people (often harshly) for anything they do on the show.
Pulling people down far more often than raising them up.
Dredging up peoples pasts and making them relive past mistakes in the papers (although stuff like big brother is the worst for this, you don't usually see people from the great british sewing bee in the tabloids)

The Hunger Games comparison really irritates me. Hunger Games is a society where people from all walks of life offer up tributes to kill each other for sport. The richer one have the advantages but they are from distracts from rich to poor.

Pretty sure anything on the BBC is NOT going to involve a fight to the death unless someone makes a really bad choice in jeremy kyle contestants...

BolshierAyraStark Sun 31-May-15 20:29:58

Got me hoping for a bit of decent telly there OP with your thread title...

caramelgirl Sun 31-May-15 20:32:32

I thought that the point was that it was commissioned by the Head of Current Affairs as a way of examining the low pay culture and the tough jobs that people do for little reward. Not so much entertainment as education packed up in a format to get people talking about it.

XiCi Sun 31-May-15 20:32:58

Haha me too Bolshier Disappointed now grin

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