We TV viewers are a boring bunch. We sit around adjusting our undergarments around our genitals, dribbling over unrealistic burgers on commercials and wondering where dust comes from. Exciting people don’t watch television. They’re off doing mental things and being filmed to save us from nearly killing ourselves. Welcome, The Men Who Jump Off Buildings (Channel 4, Wednesday, 28 July, 9pm).
Sporadically, television shows us these mental people who defy death for a hobby. These people are clearly insane. They seek increasingly barmy thrills. Each broken bone and close shave is stored mentally as a trophy.
Sensible people like me and you would see these constant near-death experiences as a sign to slow down and indulge in more biscuit-based activities. A nice sit down is certainly less thrilling that putting yourself in danger… but it is guaranteed to give your life longevity. Provided, of course, you don’t eat a diabetes worth of sweet treats.
And so, thanks to the Cutting Edge lot, we get to sit nicely on our sofas whilst watching a team of extreme sports enthusiasts.
Dan Witchalls and Ian Richardson are our companions and they base jump from some of Britain’s iconic structures: Blackpool Tower, Nelson’s Column, the Millennium Dome and Wembley Stadium.
Base jumping is when you leap off a man-made structure with a parachute and nearly hit stuff on the way down. The first bloke to do it was Franz Reichelt in 1912. He leapt from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower. He died.
Seek thrills through others. That’s the lesson here.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip