Five has commissioned a 10-part documentary series based in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, following six well known people as they grapple with the day-to-day grind of life as Olympic Holidays ...
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Five has commissioned a 10-part documentary series based in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, following six well known people as they grapple with the day-to-day grind of life as Olympic Holidays representatives. Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep , is presented by model and TV presenter Nancy Sorrell and Heart FM radio presenter, Toby Anstis. The recruits - Jordan Knight, Nina Myskow, Syd Little, Scott Wright, Jodie Marsh and Jasmine Lennard - will exchange their showbiz lifestyles for long arduous days ensuring holiday makers have a trouble free and idyllic break. From meeting and greeting at the airport to arranging excursions and evening bar crawls, the six will have their work cut out and their glamorous designer clothes will quickly be exchanged for regulation uniforms. Written by
Z Grade TV all the way, but it ends up leaving too much of an impression on you to brush it off completely
STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits
A group of very minor UK celebrities travel over to Ayia Napa, where for two weeks they become holiday reps, working for a tour group called Olympic Holidays. As the days go on, they form a bond between each other that seems them all become the best of friends as things draw to a close.
Just what we all needed. Another reality TV show. With market research showing that the public is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with this type of programming, Trust Me... is lucky to be shown very late at night where it will only draw in a very specific type of audience (as anything featuring Jodie Marsh opening her gob is only bound to!) How successful it was there I don't know, but.....
The series is very cheaply made and very cheaply presented (a Channel 5 job all the way.) It's even presented by people whose fame is very questionable. I know nothing about Toby Anistis and only know about Nancy Sorrell for being married to Vic Reeves and being rather attractive (and having a very loud gob on her.) Even the title is very uncreative and cheaply slapped together.
These clunky production values aside, we are left with the usual bunch of bottom list celebs selected for this type of thing. For the younger, wilder ones like Marsh and ex-Corrie actor Scott Wright, the rep job is revealed as a surprisingly ordered, boring existence (this is obvious from the off-set when Jodie rebels by throwing a pair of shoes she doesn't like from her uniform, along with room-mate Jasmine Lennard, off the top of her balcony!) Jodie is her usual self that we've seen her as in reality shows before this and brings her infectious charm to bear well on the job and on the impression of the viewer. On the other hand, her room-mate Lennard is a snotty, lazy cow who gets fired half-way through the show. She is the one I personally knew the least about (nothing at all, in fact!) and it's quite amusing to watch her get all unjustifiably stroppy when others do the same. Wright has a nice, likable charm to him, as does the slightly goofier ex-New Kids on the Block star Jordan Knight. Amazingly, it's actually the older stars, Nina Moskow and Syd Little, who look the most out of place amongst all the young holiday-makers, that end up faring the best, co-operating with the head reps and putting on a good show for everyone involved. Things end up getting that little bit wilder when ex-Big Brother transsexual Nadia gets drafted in to replace Jasmine.
If the show had lasted just a week as this type of thing tends to, it would probably get erased from the memory as quickly as it was registered, but because it gets drawn out for over two weeks, the camaraderie and good spirit that generates amongst the team comes to be very touching, engrossing and moving. This is rubbish TV all the way, but you know what to expect and in this modern world, it's the kind of thing I for one am thoroughly desensitized to. ***
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