We have satellite TV in our community and get BBC America. It is but a poor shadow of its U.K. counterpart but it does air British shows, albeit with lengthy ad breaks every few minutes.
For the last several weeks, I have been addicted to a show called Come Dine With Me. Four people from some city in the U.K. agree to give dinner parties for each other. After each dinner, the three guests rate their host for the food, atmosphere and the entertainment.
I can’t really cook and I rarely, if ever, host dinner parties so I don’t quite know why I’m so hooked by this show. I must enjoy its voyeuristic elements: watching the guests react (often with critical remarks) to the proposed menus, seeing whether there are any disasters while the meals are being cooked, listening in on the [sometimes amazingly crude] dinner conversations, and watching the guests comment on the evening in their taxis home before revealing their scores.
On the last night, when the meal is finished, the host produces a platter with 1000 GB pounds and reads out the rankings.
Writing about it is an odd experience. The program seems even stupider now and I’m more puzzled than ever about why it has such a hold on me.
Any guilty pleasures, TV or otherwise, that you’re willing to share?