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Author lashes out at patronising, cruel shows on UK TV

Published 26/08/2007

Orange Prize-winning author Lionel Shriver has condemned British TV for patronising its audience and broadcasting an endless diet of property, weight loss and cruel game shows.

The best-selling writer behind We Need to Talk About Kevin said BBC1 and BBC2,

ITV, Channel 4 and Five were all guilty of underestimating viewers.

Shriver, who won the Orange Prize in 2005, said the public 'deserve better than How to Look Good Naked and How Clean Is Your House?'.

The American-born author of eight novels said programmes had deteriorated dramatically since she moved to Britain 20 years ago.

Shriver, 50, condemned game shows that 'create cruelty and humiliation', endless 'reruns of Friends', 'weight loss' programmes, a 'lunatic profusion of British property shows' and 'the worst of American exports'.

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