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Now it's the Tourette's Big Brother

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Crippled Monkey | 00:00 UK time, Monday, 1 August 2005

A few weeks back, here on the blog, we alerted you to a forthcoming Channel 4 'fly on the wall' documentary called The OCD House. Well, the two-part series, now renamed The House of Obsessive Compulsives starts tonight (Monday) at 9.00pm. It follows three people with obsessive-compulsive disorders who agree to live together as part of a ground-breaking experiment, as they seek treatment from a team of therapists.

So, yeah, kind of like Big Brother but without the evictions. Or the pool. Probably. Except, er, not really.

But if you think that's the end of the disability reality series thing, think again. This autumn, ITV are bringing us Teenage Tourette's Camp, which will follow five British kids at a summer camp in Chicago, where they will be "allowed to swear, behave obsessively, act compulsively and enjoy every minute of it".

Hmm. Now call me cynical if you like - oh, go on, most people do - but I have my doubts as to whether this is going to be quite on a par with the two BBC documentaries about John Davidson, which began with John's Not Mad in 1989. This latest offering sounds rather like it's playing on the shock aspects: "Hear people swear! Watch people behave disgracefully! Laugh at the funny kids on the telly!" But since I haven't seen the series yet, I hope I'm proved wrong.

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