The Trench is “a gimmicky treatment of history.”

despite real elements, The Trench is “a gimmicky treatment of history.”
On Friday at 9 p.m., BBC2 will air The Trench, a reality TV show that “asks a group of contemporary men to spend two weeks living in dug-out mud in France, reconstructing the lives of soldiers in the trenches in 1916,” according to The Guardian’s Mark Lawson. He asks what the difference between this show and one where “a hundred volunteers relive the experience of the victims of the Nazi death-camps,” and finds that the show is mostly “a gimmicky treatment of history.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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