Reality TV trash is my guilty pleasure

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM
Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

A well scripted drama or high brow documentary may make for compelling viewing but when it comes to putting my feet up in front of the box my guilty pleasure is reality TV.

After a stressful day at the office the there’s nothing better than a good few hours of ‘take your brain out TV’.

Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews

Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews

I’m not saying I completely side-step any form of intellectual programming but the last thing I want is taxing viewing when I’m trying to unwind.

The scripted reality TV phenomenon has really taken off and I can’t get enough of it.

It started with MTV old school favourite The Hills in which viewers got a glimpse into the “real” lives of rich LA type teens dealing with make-ups and break-ups.

I quickly became hooked on this show, so much so that I even bought the box-set and would watch episodes over and over as a bit of background viewing.

After seven glorious season I was sad to see the show come to an end but luckily for there were plenty of new shows for me to get my teeth into.

From Keeping Up With The Kardashians (following my favourite maternity frock horror Kim Kardashian and her family) to Girls of The Playboy Mansion - I just can’t get enough of them.

So imagine my delight when us Brits started wading into the reality TV world with classics like The only Way Is Essex, Geordie Shore and my personal favourite Made in Chelsea.

I’ve taken stick for years about my guilty pleasure viewing with comments from my dad including “Why do you watch this rubbish you’re supposed to be an intelligent person?”

Although I’m not completely naive enough to think it’s all “real life” I do get quite upset when people take great pleasure in pointing out that’s it’s all scripted for TV - I can’t bring myself to completely believe this.

At the start of TOWIE Denise Van Outen assures me only “some” scenes have been set up for our viewing pleasure, so that’s good enough for me.

And although people love to slag off these shows it seems they’re starting to get recognition from the industry experts.

Made in Chelsea proved their critics wrong when they nabbed a Bafta award recently for best Reality and Constructed Reality TV show.

They beat off competition from The Audience, The Young Apprentice and TV golden boys Ant and Dec’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

People were outraged at this but I for one think the award was well deserved.

Watching the toffs get into scrapes, love triangles and deliberate over what to spend their millions on is the highlight of my Monday nights.