Channel 4 have announced their Spring schedule today, confirming that viewers will be treated to a unique documentary that explores the gap in lifestyles between MPs and 'regular people'
‘The Unrelateables’, a part of the broadcaster's series of documentaries about people who are comically incapable of doing basic things, will feature Prime Minister David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Chancellor George Osborne visiting various schools, supermarkets and bars across the UK, in an attempt to ‘relate’ with the electorate during one-to-one chats in ‘real life situations’.
‘They're so sweet; it's not their fault they don't know how to relate to anybody’, said producer Emma Macker. ‘We're in no way exploiting these people for the purposes of good television, they're just naturally and hilariously impossible to relate to, so why not make a TV show about it?'
The three-part documentary has divided critics, with many describing it as ‘too cringeworthy to watch’. Tim Henderson from The Independent said: 'Some of it makes your toes curl it's that painful. There's one scene where George sits down for lunch, places a napkin on his knee, and demands to 'see the menu' - of course the staff in McDonald's found this hilarious, but I just felt sorry for the guy'.
‘I think its awkward edge is what makes this show such a winner’, said Heather Walker from The Radio Times. ‘The David Cameron episode is very contrived and forced, and he makes no effort to disguise his attempts to ‘win over’ the electorate with ridiculous stunts. In one scene, he pays for a pint of milk with a fifty-pound note, and with one eye on the camera, loudly tells the assistant to ‘keep the change’, before winking at baffled shoppers on his way out'.
The controversial broadcaster has also received heavy criticism for commissioning another documentary that features a group of people 'exploiting the system' and 'ripping-off the taxpayer', whilst sitting on their arses all day. 'Expenses Street will be an honest and balanced portrayal of real life in Parliament', claimed a Channel 4 spokesperson today.
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