Calls for Big Brother axe

  • 31 August 2007

One of Britain’s most prominent psychologists claims the reality TV show Big Brother is dangerous and can be detrimental to contestants.

As the eighth series draws to a close after 13 long weeks, Professor David Wilson says he has been contacted by former contestants struggling to cope after leaving the show.

“Because of things I’ve said in the press, I’ve been contacted by former contestants who say their lives are now miserable,” he commented.

“For some people it provides a short time in the TV spotlight – for the vast majority it’s more damaging.”

The latest series has seen the number of viewers tuning in dwindle from 6.2 million in late May to 2.1 million.

Twins Sam and Amanda, who count as one person for the vote, are favourites to win the show this year.

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