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Do you watch reality TV?

Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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I’ve never watched a lot of reality TV, it hasn’t really ever appealed to me. But my other half is a fan of The Circle ⭕️ and with it now back on the box, it’s become bit of a guilty pleasure of mine!

Do you watch reality TV and if so, what do you enjoy?
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    I love Strictly! Not a fan of reality TV shows however. 
  • phoenix46phoenix46 Member Posts: 9 Connected
    I really can’t stand watching any reality programs. I watched big brothers very first series and the celebrity jungles first series but it ended there lol x
  • M_AnthonyM_Anthony Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 309 Pioneering
    edited October 2019
    I watched the first series of Big Brother as well, back then it was a novelty for TV. I sometimes find myself watching american shows such as Storage Wars and Hardcore Pawn. The earliest reality TV show I ever watched was Cops which has been going for a very long time!

    Anything else reality related would be from watching various YouTube channels.

  • phoenix46phoenix46 Member Posts: 9 Connected
    Gosh I forgot about cops. That was good. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    I loved The Circle last year and it's something I am enjoyed this time around as well! Even managed to get my sister and mum hooked...
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  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 768 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope @Chloe_Scope hope you're ready for the Circle final tonight! I'm still reeling from Ella's blocking 😐 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,707 Disability Gamechanger
    I have never watched reality TV perhaps i'm too old for it lol. Having said that I watch very little TV finding it boring and repetitive.I much prefer a good film on you tube or prime
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not usually a fan of reality TV...but did get fully immersed in the Circle both this year and last year!

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    I was really surprised by the final outcome tbh, hadn't guessed it all.  I honestly thought Paddy was going to get blocked on Thursday night which would have changed the whole final!  He absolutely is a deserving winner though, his attitude to life is fantastic despite his disability!!  

    Feel like I'm going to get Circle withdrawl now though lol...it was surprisingly educational, as well as Woody & Ella's constant positivity being infectious!  Losing Henry from Bake Off this week as well makes it doubly sad!  Still, I've rediscovered some forgotten Fatboy Slim songs which have been added to the car mix. :D
  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    I've never watched the Circle, but I do enjoy the odd reality programme.  I recently watched Celebs Go Dating for the first time and loved it!  Found it really funny!  I used to love Strictly, but don't watch it now.  I also used to like Celebrity Big Brother, but stopped watching the ordinary one.  I enjoy the Great British Bake Off and look forward to I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here every year, but can't watch the eating challenges!  So I guess I would be classed as a bit of a "reality junkie", lol!  :smiley:
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    @Cressida, @OverlyAnxious and @Adrian_Scope, I certainly am going to miss The Circle! I agree with you @Cressida and @OverlyAnxious, that blocking was intense!!
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    Really agree @Cressida, I was very surprised Tim let Ella go. I really liked him but I think he played a bigger game than he revealed, there were times he almost seemed to be playing the audience too! 
    I've been trying to guess what would have happened in the final if Ella had stayed as well @OverlyAnxious, I think that would have probably secured it for Woody or Tim. 

    If anyone has any suggestions for a replacement guilty pleasure-worthy show, let me know!
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  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    i get over anxious wating reality tv
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    What do you prefer to watch @andy7? :smile:
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  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    i watch the drama channel on freeview
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2019
    andy7 said:
    i watch the drama channel on freeview
    Is it the murder mysteries or the classic sitcoms you prefer?  I like Drama, just wish the ad breaks weren't so long!  I've forgotten the plot time the program comes back! :D
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger

    If anyone has any suggestions for a replacement guilty pleasure-worthy show, let me know!
    Still got two weeks of Bake Off left!  And this years 'The Apprentice' has just started if that's of any interest to you...

    My current guilty pleasure program is Plebs on ITV2.  :D   Does have the odd trigger for me (as you'd expect from a Roman sitcom!) but they're easy to pre-empt and look away.
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 118 Pioneering
    Absolutely hate reality tv. I was a fan of BGT but that’s way old now and repetitive. 
    There is no originality in programs anymore. I used to watch big brother only due to not having a choice as my wife was a big fan. After the racism incident she stopped watching it too.
    I like to watch drama as an example I think The Bodyguard was a fantastic program. If the BBC produced my programs like that I’d stop grumbling about the licence fee. It’s all repeats on the BBC. 
    I enjoy watching programs about history, wildlife and game shows. 
    I enjoy watching I’m a celebrity get me out of here but it’s not something that would bother me if I missed it. 
    Gogglebox is a good program and original which I see American tv is now producing too. It’s usually the other way round. 
    Quiz shows are good like The chase, Gold Rings and Catchphrase. The whole family can get involved with them and they are good fun.
    Documentaries on history channel and Discovery are great too. 
    Ash 
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @OverlyAnxious...i watch the old sitcoms,ie birds of a feather,pie in the sky,fresh fields,all ctreatures greatt and small,allo allo...il watch them over n over again,,i get to upset watching murdermystieries as i have had 11 heart attacks,2 failed bypasses,10 pacemakers since i was 23.now have MS or some neuropathic probs,it was diagnosed as MS then changed,now just left as none specific chronic pain syndrome n disacharged me,i just dont like watching death in anything
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    just read above @Adrian_Scope,,,im not used to all this new fangled at thing sorry
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    andy7 said:
    @OverlyAnxious...i watch the old sitcoms,ie birds of a feather,pie in the sky,fresh fields,all ctreatures greatt and small,allo allo...il watch them over n over again,,i get to upset watching murdermystieries as i have had 11 heart attacks,2 failed bypasses,10 pacemakers since i was 23.now have MS or some neuropathic probs,it was diagnosed as MS then changed,now just left as none specific chronic pain syndrome n disacharged me,i just dont like watching death in anything
    Ah I see, that makes sense. :)   It's the sitcoms I prefer too, they're usually good for avoiding any triggers and anything with a bit of humour is good for low mood!

    I did like trying to solve murder mysteries but they contain too many triggers so don't often risk those any more. 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    ash5896 said:
    Quiz shows are good like The chase, Gold Rings and Catchphrase. 
    Do you watch Richard Osmans quiz show on BBC2 at 6pm?

    I like it as it's more than just knowledge and often obscure without being too 'clever'.  I also used to like Only Connect for the same reason.  Don't like University Challenge as I can't answer anything at all! :D  
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @OverlyAnxious,,yes it avoids the death parts,,ive just gione back in time,by 20/30yrs..iwas okish after my partner died in 2007...well as far as 1 can be,then yr after my best friend died at 39 waiting for heart transplant,we had known each other since he was 2 n had heart ops ec together,we actually met in cardiac  group at hospital,,we....he n i are both gay...i have aspergers too so did he,I was lost wen he passed on,,then my mum passed away in 2014 @88..i then just within mnths became a recluse,,after many times trying to get help from mental health workers,psychiatrist,etc etc etc,all to no avail..im still waiting for appts yet,,i was diagnosed with aspergers only this year...too many yrs lost.i then tried my friendship with an old friend i was bneigbours with n worked with,,like surragate mother....but she died in  xmas 2017..maybe i should have wrote this on my own page,,i just get carried away n pcs and phones are an effort to use,,,phones are like two magnets put together and they try to pusgh apart,,way my life is n how it feels now
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @Adrian_Scope and ,@Overlyanxious I may as well not put that i m gay,,,shows how shallow and homaphobic a group is!
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    I've never really gotten into Bake Off, possibly because it reminds me just how bad a cook I am! I have heard some good things about Plebs though @OverlyAnxious, so I'll have to give it a try (next time I can wrest control of the remote :D).

    I agree with you about BGT @ash5896. It's a shame as we used to watch it as a family but we've all lost interest. I enjoy the odd game show as it's something we can all watch together, although it can get quite competitive now the kids are older and actually get some of the answers.

    @andy7, sorry I've not replied until now, I've only just seen your post. It sounds like you've had a really difficult time and I can completely understand why you'd avoid potential triggers in programmes that feature murder and death. I'm sorry also that you've lost so many people you were close to and for the effect this has had on you. I know you've said you tried to get some mental health support to no avail, I was just wondering if you have any support at all any more? 

    My TV is currently playing "Alvinnn and the Chipmunks" in the background. I have to say I'm not very impressed. I remember it the first time around and I wasn't particularly keen then either. Somehow though the re-make is more annoying. :D
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    andy7 said:
    @Adrian_Scope and ,@Overlyanxious I may as well not put that i m gay,,,shows how shallow and homaphobic a group is!
    Sorry Andy, I just didn't know what to reply to your post...you've obviously had a tough few years but I'm terrible at serious conversations...Adrian has been able to reply far more appropriately than I could!  :)

    For what it's worth, it was nothing to do with you being gay at all, I went to my first pride march this year btw! :D
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    I've never really gotten into Bake Off, possibly because it reminds me just how bad a cook I am! I have heard some good things about Plebs though @OverlyAnxious, so I'll have to give it a try (next time I can wrest control of the remote :D).
    I can't bake at all and don't even really like sweet things lol!  The thing with Bake Off is it's just really 'nice' if that makes sense, it's always upbeat and colourful and just generally a positive vibe for an evening!  I also like the 'Extra Slice' spin off that they do on a Friday evening, often end up actually lol'ing at some of the public bakes on there! :D  

    I realised last night my actual guilty pleasure show of the moment is the new Supermarket Sweep!  Again, it's all very positive and colourful etc...but it is all a bit ridiculous! :D
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @Overleyanxiuos [email protected]_Scope ,oh ok sorry.maybe this isnt for me then, thankyou both
  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Posts: 216 Member
    Tv that’s that quaintness of planning round others timetable- streaming all the way.
    Live tv a relic of last century 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    I must admit I don't really watch a lot of TV live other than sport and the ability to pause is a must.
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  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    which part of this online website would help me? @anyone
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    What sort of support are you looking for @andy7?
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  • WhileIBreathIHopeWhileIBreathIHope Posts: 216 Member
    Reality TV makes me rage as vain fake and generally vile characters, my partner enjoyed love island- if there had been a killer zombie virus or plague streamed live would have been only reason to watch.

    Do people really act like that in real life as they’re horrible 
  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @Adrian_Scope..im looking for souding boads,empathey,,,i dont know really myself,,i cant get a cpn,,,im terified of people,,my tickers knackered n the stress affects my heart
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    Hi @andy7. You sound like you're not in a great place at the moment. I know you said you can't get a CPN, but do you have any other support in place? As a pan-disability charity it's fair to say that our strengths lie in the daily lives of disabled people rather than supporting them with mental health, but if you are interested we'd be more than happy to try and find you some additional support if you're interested? Of course, if you find it easier to talk over the phone, you're always welcome to give our helpline a call on 0808 800 3333.
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    andy7 said:
    @Adrian_Scope..im looking for souding boads,empathey,,,i dont know really myself,,i cant get a cpn,,,im terified of people,,my tickers knackered n the stress affects my heart
    Have you tried Elefriends by MIND? 

    They don't offer any treatment advice but there's lot's of support and empathy on there so that might be good for you?

    I was recommended it recently but it wasn't really helpful for me personally.  

  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @OverlyAnxious thanks,,,its not just mu mind its mu body too

  • andy7andy7 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    @Adrian_Scope...No i have no physical support,,just a cbt specialist,,supposedly,,tries to get me out but i only get angina doing it,,ive been in this "hole" for 4 years and i either get ignored for months or just get passed around...prob is i cant use phones...ts like a 2 magnets forcing each other away i get stress./spasms in my chest ,arms n hands go into spasm,same as computers..im totallt confused by whats going on
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,923

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    Hi @andy7. Thanks for sharing this with us. Do you think you might be interested in us finding you some additional support?
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