Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Wood slams 'enhanced reality' shows

Victoria Wood says 'enhanced reality' TV shows make her 'furious'

Victoria Wood has hit out at "enhanced reality" television programmes like The Only Way Is Essex, saying they were taking the work of real actors.

The writer and comedy actress, whose hits have included Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques in a career spanning more than 30 years, said programmes like TOWIE and Made In Chelsea were often just "drama under a cheaper name".

The popular programmes, which have spawned a host of imitators and kick-started the celebrity careers of some of their stars, have divided opinion over how much is scripted and how much is genuine reality.

Victoria said that she was not against all reality television but programmes which blurred the line between reality and scripted drama made her "furious".

"Some of them are good, some of them are really drama under a cheaper name and I don't like them," she said.

"The ones that are genuine, fly-on-the-wall and beautifully made, I like. I am a fan of good reality. What I am not a fan of is what they call 'enhanced reality', where they put a bunch of real people into situations and get them to act something out.

"To me that is taking the bread out of the actors' mouths."

Victoria, 59, spoke at the South Bank Sky Arts Award, where she presented her long-time collaborator Julie Walters with an outstanding achievement award.

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