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Channel hop: Top Hooker and Million Dollar Intern

Mark Peters

 

In 1993 novel Virtual Light, visionary author William Gibson hit the nail pretty square on its head as he prophesied the explosion of reality television in the distant future of 2005. I doubt even Cyber Bill could have foreseen just how many of these shows would be dominating our screens right now, though. It's getting a little ridiculous. We now have a show that reveals the high-stress drama involved in running a nail salon, at least three cookumentaries centred on the making of cakes and we're on possibly the 39th season of America's Topmost Forgettable Model. But just as I was thinking we had exhausted some of the most mundane professions (I like a cupcake as much as the next sugar addict but do we need to pretend they are baking a cure for cancer?), Discovery Channel goes and piques my waning interest with the provocatively titled Top Hooker (Tuesday, 10pm).

Hello … this could put an interesting spin on things. Maybe pushing the boundaries of good taste a little, I thought, but the world's oldest profession is really only one shag away from The Bachelor. As it turns out, though, it's only another bloody show about fishing! What a swizz.

Top Hooker pits 10 of the world's top anglers in a series of extreme and outrageous challenges designed to test their fishing skills and willingness to make fools of themselves. It follows the typical reality TV formula wherein one person gets sent home each week and the winner is forgotten about as quickly as you can say, "I'm totally sick of this nonsense". If you're the type who enjoys watching people catch goldfish with their mouths, scoop up fish from a zipline or harpoon defenseless creatures in the name of fun, then you'll be hooked.

If not, you may opt to catch BBC Knowledge's new reality fare (or as the Beeb is calling it, "factual entertainment"), Million Dollar Intern (tomorrow at 9.50pm). In each episode, a young, successful entrepreneur infiltrates a languishing company in a bid to re-energise it. Disguised as regular interns, these whizz kids, most of whom became millionaires before they finished squeezing their spots, identify problems as they work from within as bottom-rung employees, before finally revealing their true identities. The struggling owners then endeavour to gratefully accept advice from obnoxiously successful whippersnappers while resisting the urge to clip them round ear for being deceitful.

This week, 24-year-old New Yorker Juliette Brindak, who runs a super-successful social media empire, goes undercover in an old-fashioned bra shop in northeast England. After a week of cleaning shelves and making tea, Brindak finally confronts the company's rather spirited 76-year-old owner, Sadie, with her findings, but the truth isn't always easy to hear. Will Sadie take on board Brindak's stinging verdict and drag her lingerie business into the 21st century? Facing reality doesn't always come easy, does it?

 

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