The crime of reality television brings back memories

WANTED, the new television show on Channel Ten, is bringing back so many memories for me.

It is reality television and a crime show all mixed in to one.

It is interesting viewing, although I feel Sandra Sully is not only keeping police busy by encouraging people to call Crimestoppers after watching the CCTV footage.

I'm pretty sure the fashion police will be on her case too, after seeing the outfits she has been wearing on the show these last two weeks.

But it is not the police or even the fashion police that have come into my memory bank since Wanted started.

It is simply the activities my friends and I used to get up to in the name of entertainment when I was in my late teens.

Before you go thinking I might have a few skeletons in my closet, or buried somewhere in the back yard even, I can assure you I am innocent.

There is no life of crime in my past.

Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column published July 18
Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column published July 18

 

If my misspent youth was a character in a television show it would have appeared as a friend of Marcia in the Brady Bunch rather than anything like the party-hard 'ladies' that star in Geordie or Jersey Shore.

My memories relate to a former flatmate and her fascination with the '90s version of Wanted.

Any night Australia's Most Wanted appeared on television my flatmate had to watch.

It would result in sleepless nights and nightmares, but that didn't stop her.

For me, the entertainment was simply in watching her watch the show.

She would cower in her seat, covered in 'protective' blankets and watch in trembling anticipation.

And if, God forbid, she was home along one AMW night she would redesign the layout of the lounge room so the furniture surrounded her in some sort of protective force.

We all have things we are scared of - phobias and fears, real or imagined.

Life is about how you deal with your fears.

If my friend ever taught me anything it was to embrace your fears. If that means embracing a teddy bear, wrapping yourself in a 'protective' blanket, or hiding among a pile of furniture, so be it.

What more could possibly be Wanted?

 

Supermum with Sharyn O'Neill



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