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Our great sporting summer changed TV reality

Are you finding reality TV programmes difficult to watch after the Olympics?  It’s hard to listen to airheads whingeing about their shallow lives when you’ve seen amputees perform heroics.

Are you finding reality TV programmes difficult to watch after the Olympics?

It’s hard to listen to airheads whingeing about their shallow lives when you’ve seen amputees perform heroics.

It’s impossible not to yell: ‘Grow up,’ at the hard luck stories trotted out by various contestants on reality shows when you know the history of Mo Farah. Banging on about cosmetic surgery seems pathetic after watching the stunning performance of Paralympians. (Who wants to hear about false boobs after watching Oscar Pistorius sprinting around the track?)

I’m definitely changing my viewing habits, as are millions of others if the decline in X Factor audiences is any guide. Reality TV seems so trite and irrelevant in the wake of London 2012. When Olympic volunteers appear more interesting than X Factor judges you know reality TV has a problem.

In the Olympics the results were unscripted. Nobody said: ‘You weren’t very good at that event, have you got another one you’d like to run?"

Our summer started with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, followed by our sensational success in the Olympics and Paralympics.

Andy Murray then wrapped it up by becoming the US Open Tennis Champion. The first Grand Slam win by a British player for 76 years.

That’ll be four yeses then.

 

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