The Travesty of Princess Diana's Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother
It's Episode 20, a milestone of sorts - and Tesco are now paying your tampon tax. Hurrah! Go buy your 'pax from there -- and other supermarkets, we hope you follow their example.
This week Dolly and Pandora discuss the invasion of royal privacy with the revelation of Princess Diana's private tapes (handed over by her speech coach from 1992) that will be aired in Diana: Her Own Words on Channel 4 on Sunday 6th August. Is it really in the public interest, to air tapes Diana never thought would leave the room - or is it an unethical attempt by a powerful broadcaster to feed modern culture's salacious appetite for celebrity gossip? You can guess which side we fall down on.
Also today, we discuss the return of Celebrity Big Brother - series approx 487 - and whether the format is getting tired. Has reality TV entered a new chapter? We also discuss past highlights, including Ivana Trump accepting a fake businesswoman of the year award (yes, the president of the USA's ex-wife went on British CBB) and Vanessa Feltz's meltdown.
This week's reading, listening and watching:
Top of The Lake: China Girl, on BBC iPlayer
Diana: In Her Own Words, on Channel 4
Baby-faced killers of Kim Jong-nam in The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/north-korea-femmes-fatales-kim-jong-un-s-baby-faced-killers-lmj6p6988
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, by Anne Helen Petersen https://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Fat-Slutty-Loud-Unruly-x/dp/0399576851
The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Course-Love-Alain-Botton/dp/0241145473
An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untamed-State-Roxane-Gay/dp/1472119827
Jon Ronson on Guys We Fucked - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/guys-we-f-d/id885960517?mt=2
Jon Ronson piece on the Guardian about porn https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/29/jon-ronson-bespoke-porn-nothing-is-too-weird-all-requests
Sheryl Sandberg on Desert Island Discs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08z9b81
My body shape is in fashion - but how for long? By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for The Guardian
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WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER WEEK OFF NEXT WEEK. Dolly is sunning her babylons. But listen, don't be sad, here's a wise quote from Alain de Botton for you: Love is a skill, not just an enthusiasm.