It's creaky and dated, with the production values of Dr Who, and not in the least bit erotic—but it's also prophetic of reality TV and strangely compelling. Trending Now. Playlists Sam Richards - 15th February 0. Read more. Features Tom Pinnock - 9th February 0. Blogs Michael Bonner - 29th January 0.
A nightly show where, at the touch of a buzzer, grinning, golden-skinned couples are made to dive on each other and commence the hunka-chunka. It imagined an overcrowded future — one whose skyrocketing population forces the British government to drug the water supply with a fertility chemical. So what makes this year-old play such a potent crystal ball when considering ? Our protagonist, Nat Tony Vogel , helps oversee transmission of the latter: the most popular show with the public. But he finds himself less engrossed in the heaving body pile than co-workers are. But in one show, contestants attempting a new position cause Nat to experience his first pang of jealousy.
The writer was Nigel Kneale , best known as the creator of Quatermass. Influenced by concerns about overpopulation , the counterculture of the s and the societal effects of television, the play depicts a world of the future where a small elite controls the mass media , keeping the lower classes docile by serving them an endless diet of lowest common denominator programmes and pornography. The play concentrates on an idea the programme controllers have for a new programme that will follow the trials and tribulations of a group of people left to fend for themselves on a remote island.