Reality Strikes

I am not generally a fan of reality TV – to the point of actively avoiding nearly all of it (I managed just half of The Tower) but I confess I am intrigued by at least part of a new one to be aired from 6th September. Of course it’s only because St Alfege’s Guesthouse is going to be featured (probably on 4th October) that I will have any interest in The Hotel Inspector (presumably it’s not entirely coincidental that Fawlty Towers springs to mind with a title like that) and I’m mightily intrigued by that particular establishment, having never set foot inside the place, but having a good gut-feeling about somewhere that is independently-run, and where the owner/proprietors clearly give a damn. I have only seen the website pictures and heard reports, but all seem good and I’ll be interested to see what appears on telly.

My only concern is why anyone would volunteer themselves to go on reality TV as in my (albeit limited) experience nobody ever seems to come out looking very good on these programmes. TV companies are very good at worming their way into the affections and trust of the people they are filming then shafting them at the last minute, making them look like idiots for the sake of a few cheap ratings. I hope this doesn’t happen to Nicholas and Robert…

The Hotel Inspector will begin on 6th September on Channel 5 at 9.00pm. The even more worrying Unseen Hotel Inspector follows on Five Life at 10.00pm. St Alfege’s Guest House features on 4th October. Good luck, guys…


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