Is the Biggins witch hunt really entertainment? IAN HART:

Celebrity Big Brother '“ even the very name of the programme could prompt a heated debate surrounding the Trade Description Act.

Sunday, 14th August 2016, 3:00 pm
Ian Hart

A collection of badly-represented artistes, has-beens, never-will-be’s and the now almost obligatory members of the burgeoning under class, who just happened to have appeared on another reality TV show and are well and truly milking every second of their ‘15 minutes of fame’.

Having said that, with Channel 5 rolling out series 18, clearly viewers continue to watch it regardless of the contestants. And this series has provided the tabloids with column yards rather than inches.

But ultimately, will this series of CBB be remembered for all-but ending the career of one of the country’s best-loved figures?

Given his standing in the country as, perhaps, the finest exponent of the good old Christmas pantomime dame, and an all-round good egg to boot, what possessed Christopher Biggins’ agent to even comprehend allowing his client into the Big Brother house?

What’s followed has been a trial by media, something Biggins really could have done without, and something it could take a long time for his career to recover from.

But what did he actually do?

Despite broadcasting inserts, which at time of writing are attracting a record number of collective complaints in the history of British reality TV to Ofcom, Biggins’ alleged faux pas hasn’t been broadcast in any shape or form.

But given what has been broadcast it does make you wonder if Biggins has seriously crossed the line or whether he’s been the victim of a witch hunt on the back of what my Auntie Flo used to refer to as a storm in a tea cup.


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