The Jump and 5 other reality shows that are so bad they’re good
If you haven’t watched The Jump yet, you’ll at least have heard of it due to its ever-growing list of injured participants. Channel 4’s winter sport-focussed reality show sees a number of celebrities try their hand at bobsleigh, skeleton, speed skating and, of course, the ski jump.
So far there have been nine – yes NINE – serious injuries amongst the celebs, five of which have forced the sufferers to pull out of the competition. How many other reality shows can claim five casualties like these? Beth Tweddle had to have intense surgery – removing bone from her hip to fuse broken vertebrae in her neck, Tina Hobley broke her arm in two places and Rebecca Adlington’s shoulder dislocated live on air:
Now don’t judge us… but the sheer horror of these occurrences have kinda made The Jump a must-watch. In spite of thousands of viewers calling to have the show cancelled, it has carried on replacing contestants with new celebrities. Celebrities with death wishes, we assume.
With moments like this, it’s just hard to tear your eyes away.
It might just be us, but there is something addictive about terrible reality shows. The worse the premise, the more we’re interested.
Here are five other reality shows that are so bad, they’re good.
What could be better than watching C-list celebrities throwing themselves of diving boards every week? Fronted by olympic diver Tom Daley, this ITV creation received reviews like “a new low for television” and probably the worst programme screened in prime time”. This is why it was GREAT. With an inevitable abundance of belly flops, sequinned budgie smugglers and no talent whatsoever (unless Tom was about), Splash! kept us entertained for weeks. Nobody cared who won or lost, we just wanted to see classy moments like this one:
2. The Great Pottery Throw Down
Honestly – who submitted this idea to the BBC? A show that we thought would rival Loose Women for world’s dullest programme turned everything on its head when it emerged as the new Great British Bake Off. Secret weapon? All the filthy filthy innuendo. The increasing number of cracks and rims each week sent this show straight from boring art class to saucy 50 shades of clay.
— The Count (@TheCount4291) November 10, 2015
— Hobbycraft (@Hobbycraft) December 8, 2015
Reached the point of handle-pulling. But all that hand tugging in the presence of Sara Cox? Who can keep a straight face? #potterythrowdown
— Martyn Price (@MartynPrice3) November 3, 2015
3. Tool Academy
Rick Edwards held this shambolic show together with a plethora of sarcastic quips and barely veiled insults. The show gathered a group of “lads” who believed they were competing to be crowned Britain’s Ultimate Lad. Little did they know their girlfriends had put them up for the show in a bid to save their failing relationships. As Rick stated on the show’s debut, “Gentlemen you’re all here for the same reason, you’re shitty boyfriends”.
Tool Academy had no limits for cringey hilarity. One task saw the boyfriends have to read a eulogy at a mock funeral for their girlfriend. Yorkshire lad Danny summed up the absurdity of the situation in this particilarly eloquent sentence: “Chuffing ‘ell you coulda just hid her for 5 minutes”.
4. Don’t Tell the Bride
In the week that we said goodbye to BBC Three on terrestrial television, we should acknowledge one of its greatest triumphs. First premiering in 2007, the programme consisted of a couple given a sum of money to plan their wedding in just three weeks. The catch? The couple aren’t allowed to contact each other during this time and the bride has no input in any of the wedding planning. Recipe for a disaster we hear you say. Well you’d be right – and that’s why we love it. From an alien-themed wedding to a dress that literally fell apart in the bride’s hands, this show had it all.
5. The Simple Life
One from our friends across the pond. Remember when Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were a thing? You know, just after Paris’ sex tape was released? Before we decided Kim K was our favourite sex tape star. Let us refresh your memory. Each season of The Simple Life saw the best buds take on a variety of low-paid jobs to earn their keep. From catching crayfish to fat camp counsellors these girls did it all. A particularly memorable episode involved them working at a funeral home; after accidentally dropping a casket and spilling its contents on the carpet, they proceeded to hoover it up as if nothing had happened. Class act.