Edge Of Reality: The Story TV’s Too Scared to Tell
In July 1997, the first contestant voted off the first episode of the first ever reality TV elimination show took his own life. Expedition Robinson was the first show of its kind anywhere, and it was going to be remembered not for breaking the mold of television, but for a death, the first of at least 40 suicides linked globally to a reality TV show. In this powerful series, journalist Jacques Peretti charts the meteoric rise of reality TV from the early days of Survivor and The Contender through to The Bachelor, Married At First Sight, The Circle and Love Island. For the first time TV Insiders reveal the lengths the industry is willing to go to to make the most sensational viewing possible, and the collateral damage that followed. The damaged lives of the everyday people who sold their souls to entertain us. And throughout, we talk to – or try to talk to – the people pulling the strings behind the scenes. Some of the testimonies shared in this series are deeply personal and sensitive in nature. To help those contributors who may need support, the producers of this show have offered them access to a counselLing service for free. This series contains discussions about mental health, trauma, sexual abuse and suicide which some listeners may find upsetting. If you have been affected by any of the themes in the series please find links to organisations that can help you below: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. National Alliance on Mental Health - The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org Other international crisis helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.
Fiona Sturges • Financial Times • Jul 3, 2022
"I naively imagined there would be little he could reveal about this all-encompassing genre that we don’t already know. But the series digs deep, tracing the roots of reality TV...penetrating and discomforting series..."