Monday, May 2, 2011

Words can’t begin to describe the horrors

Young, Rich and House Hunting - Episode 1

Up and down the country, super rich teens and twenty-somethings are spending shedloads on their dream properties. Unless you've got a trust fund or are being bankrolled by mum and dad, the average first-time buyer is now a whopping 38 years old. As Britain's youth are in danger of becoming a generation who can't afford to buy their own homes, this series follows some of the UK's most affluent young people as they hunt for their perfect pads and go on a serious spending spree. Twenty-five-year-old playboy Luke has up to £800,000 to spend on a new home. He currently lives rent-free in his godfather's £2m gated home in Essex. But will he ever find anywhere as good to match? Nineteen-year-old Milly from Cheshire has been entrusted with nearly half a million pounds....

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14 thoughts on “Words can’t begin to describe the horrors

  • Cautiously Pessimistic says:

    I think I want to be sick. This is truly television with no worth whatsoever.

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  • Brentwood is just down the road to me.

    Lots of older people (like Luke’s mum) have worked hard all their lives – they want to do the best for their kids. As result. their kids have a warped outlook on things. It seems unreal, and unfair. But life is unfair…especially if you know people training to do something useful with their lives and earning a pittance. Stuck with parents but wanting to start a family.

    Occasionally sport brings them together….and you can watch them compare notes…. yeah!

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  • This programme is a wind-up, a modern day version of “let them eat cake”. Providing a platform for the rich to “rub it in” might help to mobilise those who have had enough but probably won’t change a thing except leave us commoners feeling crap. On balance a poor return on my BBC license fee.

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  • Just had a “disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” moment and logded the following complaint with the BBC:

    The nature of the show was offensive because it was nothing more than a platform for young rich people to gloat about their priviledged position when it came to buying property. Most young people (and middle aged people too like myself – I am 40) can’t afford to buy a house of their own and this is therefore a serious issue, one that is undermining social cohesion in the UK. It is therefore grossly irresponsible for the BBC to make a programme of this nature – essentially showing rich and egotistical young people saying “up yours” to the rest of the nation. You classify this a “lifestyle/property programme” and may consider it to be light entertainment but I consider it to be “insidious property porn”. Because the BBC is treating a serious issue that is dividing society with contempt I consider this to be a negligant and harmful use of my BBC license fee and therefore request in the strongest possible terms that you don’t screen the remaining 2 episodes refrain from ever using public money to make this type of programme in the future.

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  • Big fat yuppie McMansions…

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  • @greenmind,

    I know a number of young folk in their 20’s who don’t “work” as most people would define it. Their parents made lots of money in business…etc. It’s not a wind up, in my view.

    It’s a bit offensive to some, I understand your feelings about “property porn” and “up yours”. The parents actually think they are doing the “right thing” – I know a few like that. I feel sad for the young folk trying to undertake careers in the NHS. OK their pension is “final salary” but thats a distant hill.

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  • stop paying your license NOW

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  • Just another example of the increasing gap between the rich and poor divide, nothing new.

    Brentwood was one of those places where the people wore brightly coloured anoraks, but I haven’t been there again in many years.

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  • I find it quite amusing, it’s almost satire. More than anything I feel genuinely sorry for these people.

    I did find it objectionable in theory before watching it. But then thought, well I watch masterchef etc. and that is food porn and offensive considering there are people starving in the world.

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  • Yes, but didn’t you notice that all three were disappointed at what ‘their money’ would buy them, and none of the three had actually bought by the end of the programme – apart from the boy who bought a falt to rent out rather than his dream batchelor pad. If those with the means are shocked at how little they can ‘afford’ in this sick market, then there is hope.

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  • greenmind says:

    Just got this response:

    Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘Young, Rich and House Hunting’ broadcast on BBC Three on 2 May. I understand that you felt this programme was of poor quality and offensive. I also note you feel it was a waste of the licence fee, as you believe the people featured in it should not have been given a platform such as the BBC. Whilst I appreciate your concerns, we are conscious of maintaining value for money in our programming while producing entertaining programmes such as this. However, as a a publicly-funded broadcaster we serve the whole of the United Kingdom providing programming to a hugely diverse audience with differing tastes and preferences. Unfortunately it is inevitable that there will be some programmes that do not appeal to some people and this is the nature of broadcasting whereby we are serving many different people with many different expectations. Nevertheless, we’re guided by the feedback we receive and I can assure you I’ve registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to all BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers. The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content. Thanks for taking the time to contact us …

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  • 5. greenmind

    Automated, nothing like the personal touch.

    Of course the BBC really care about the quality of their news and programming.

    One usually pays for a service after it has performed. Oh well. there’s nothing quiet like,

    “If you don’t like it, stick it, your still paying your fee.”

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  • Cant stand spoilt little kids like this – it’s such a deluded view of real life – and I hope they were’nt paid for their boastful appearance.

    I agree with Greenmind, it’s very distasteful of the BBC in times like these, especially when the reality is that one rich person has generally made a thousand others poor in the process.

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  • I completely agree with greenmind.

    That program is completely out of touch and in bad taste, but then so is the BBC in general, judging by their response.

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