The Stanford Prison Experiment becomes a reality TV show on the BBC.

The Stanford Prison Experiment becomes a reality TV show on the BBC.
An infamous 1971 study of prison life using Stanford University students will be reproduced for a BBC TV show called The Experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment made nine students “guards” and nine others “inmates,” and in just six days, the experiment was stopped because “our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress,” according to Stanford’s Philip G. Zimbardo. Now, The BBC is advertising for a “university-backed social science experiment to be shown on TV”–a quasi-recreation of the experiment. They’re recruiting men only, and no prize will be offered.

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.