Well I thought that this weeks GD was a little inspiring on a number of levels, but having done some TV in the past I think I know why they cut things the way they do and focus on what they do. It must be good telly cos it gets big audiences, including you and me, and audience is the measure of good telly - yes. Grubbing around in peoples relationships, the somewhat odd - to the thinking person, decisions they make, the tantalising lack of detail and the edge of your seat 'will it won't it work / can they afford it' - they are not even married will they see this through together stuff are all part of the mix. The real world, which most of us inhabit is a whole other country where we do things differently, to bowdlerise L.P. Hartley!
I am sure that if you took the conversations between Jackie, SWMBO / Wife / Partner are frowned upon here, and myself over the details such as her worries over budget and my concerns over how I am going to fit the gadgets I think we will need (want) around the kitchen / lighting / decor / bathrooms / flooring / furnishings / storages space / cladding and vast open spaces supported on columns of air she would like it would not make good telly. However if - I had never built anything or project managed anything before, I was prepared to sack my architect because I didn't like the color of her eyes- or better still don't have an architect and work off a drawing on the back of fag packet, do everything without the benefit of planning permission, have constant battles with contractors - who would have to be changed a couple of times & are prepared to say how mad I am, always be maxed out on my credit cards and always just waiting for the bank to release the next packet of money to allow the now halted build (all the contractors standing behind the camera while a fan blows tumble weed across the scene - 'no we will add the tumble weed in the edit') to carry on it would make good telly.
Believe me I am no cynic because I know what entertains me and I guess thats the whole point. So, for me, GD is great not because it tells me how to, or not to, do it, but because it reminds me that people will be people who have to, like I do, live with their decisions but that with determination and an element of risk it is possible to do amazing things that won't always be to other peoples taste or done the way 'I would have done it'.
Edited by mikesharp01, 16 October 2015 - 08:04 AM.