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Baggage: Would Gok Wan’s new show be better named ‘Garbage’?

By davelee on September 17th, 2012 1 comment

It doesn’t sound promising, does it? Gok Wan hosting a Blind Date-style dating show where desperate singletons tell prospective dates about their faults in the hope of getting a snog? Well, that’s the premise of ‘Baggage’, which starts this Friday on Channel 4.

The eight part series will see contestants open suitcases containing details of one of their character flaws. The luggage gets bigger with each round, as does the flaw. The potential date then chooses which of the contestants he dislikes the least and they go for dinner. Or something.

It’s all a bit tawdry and harks back to the days when Channel 4 used to fill Friday night with the likes of the ‘I’d do anything to get on TV’ slot on The Word and that other awful thing that Denise Van Outen used to present which featured penises.

For those of you thinking ‘Oh, no. It’ll be fun. I like that nice Gok Wan and it all sounds like a harmless lark’, take a look at the clip below taken from the US version of the show, hosted by Jerry Springer. It shows women eating butter, glue and dirt while a man tries not to vomit – if that doesn’t convince you this thing will be dreadful then, frankly, you need treatment.

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  • mustdisquss

    Its pretty boring, and a bit of a struggle at one hour, but as tv filler that wont last, its just about acceptable. Its definately aimed at the reality show loving 20s crowd, since thats the age group shown. Aside from the odd contestant at 18,19 or being just past the 30 mark, theres no one older. You wont get any 40 or 50s on this one, a la Blind Date, haha, but then I suppose times have changed. Ive also yet to see anyone that doesnt look ‘right’ (eg overweight, or what some might consider having looks far less than average) but the show is seemingly now getting enough viewers to be moved from a friday to a saturday. As for a chef hosting a dating show, I wouldve paid to see gordon ramsay do it instead LOL

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