Paparazzi, BBC3

by | May 21, 2006 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it.

A riveting fly-on-the-wall account of the lives of the paparazzi (the Big Pictures Agency and its staff).

What to say if you didn’t like it.

The so-called celebs are as bad as the papps. They feed off each other in a symbiotic frenzy. Take the cameras away and it becomes stalking.

What was good about it?

• It showed the warts and all life of the paparazzi, from following Charlotte Church around Cardiff to annoying Victoria Beckham on the ski slopes.

• The head of Big Pictures is the archetypal Aussie. Loud, brash and motivated by big wadges of cash. Darryn Lyons is exactly the kind of man you’d expect him to be.

• We got a glimpse of what it’s like through the eyes of the papp on the street. Lots of waiting about, whether it be outside the Ivy or on a beach in Barbados.

What was bad about it?

• The programme lacked interviews with either the targets (‘celebs’) or the picture editors (customers).

• No one questioned the ethics of sticking a camera up some girl’s skirt to see whether she’s got any knickers on.

• We started to feel sorry for Victoria Beckham. And that’s not right, is it?

Luke Knowles

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