Forget Love Island, How Clean is Your House was the ultimate feel-good reality TV

It wasn’t beauty, wealth or sex that enticed audiences – simply a bizarre fascination with other people’s filth.  

Horror music plays as the camera jumps between darkened shots of a house’s filthy interior – a kitchen piled high with years’ worth of washing up, a living room suffocating under a thick layer of dog hair – interspersed with screamed reactions to the mess – “eeeeeeep, Kim, there are MOUSE DROPPINGS in the CUTLERY DRAWER”.

The credits roll and we’re introduced to this week’s disgraced homeowner. An elderly woman named Pat perches happily atop a waist-high pile of...
source: New Statesman

2018-08-09 20:35
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