Real people with real problems?: Public service broadcasting, commercialism and Trisha
Wilson, S. (2005) Real people with real problems?: Public service broadcasting, commercialism and Trisha. In: Johnson, C. and Turnock, R., eds. (2005) ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years. Basingstoke: Open University Press, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9780335217298 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10793
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Between 1998 and 2004 Anglia Television produced Trisha, a 60 minute talk show broadcast every week day morning across the ITV network. The show attracted high numbers of viewers for that time of day and for some commentators Trisha Goddard’s move to Five in late 2004 signalled a loss to ITV as Trisha was one of the few shows ‘that gained viewers year on year’. (Paul Revoir and Michael Rosser, Broadcast 8 October, 2004: 5) Coming to air at a particularly difficult time for TV talk shows and situated within a much-derided (though popular) genre, this paper explores the dynamics of Trisha by looking at the ways in which commercialism and tabloid sensationalism coexist with a form of public service broadcasting to produce a complex and sometimes contradictory programme.