I loved the first 3-4 series when it was screened 24/7 and was much more of a social experiment. I made loads of lovely friends following the threads, in particular the WHATM thread (What's happening at the moment) when we would take turns to write it up as it happened. As soon as they started to recruit 'wannabees', it became tedious. Many of us stuck with it only because we enjoyed chatting to each other. Then,they cut right back on the viewing time and it started to sound scripted and I never watched it again.Just like the various offshoots from Shopping Telly,groups splintered, reformed, fell out.I still have half a dozen friends from that time. Would I watch it again? No, I'd rather remember the original episodes fondly.
It's a great pity the right of free speech isn't based on the obligation to say something sensible.
There was a greater age range and social mix in the early series and some very interesting characters - people who might never have met under normal circumstances but who appeared to bond well. I liked the way they were given responsibilities too, like tending the vegetable garden and rearing chickens instead of just preening and whingeing.
Fair do's, it's not for everyone. Thank for the replies.
I've only watched it on C5 for around the last 5 years it was broadcast. I never saw it on C4. It's only the C4 series they are going to show, as far as I heard. It will be interesting to see what it was like before C5.