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Comfort in others' shame

Summer Nights, Series 2 Episode 4 of 6

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 15 August 2014

Jane Garvey asks why we appear to enjoy the shame and failure of others. Voyeuristic tales of those who fall short of the standards we hold up fill the pages of our daily newspapers. But, is it helpful to blame the overweight for the impact of obesity in society any more than it is to blame a holidaying Prime Minister for the course of complex international events? And when we talk about the 'shameless' family who rely on benefits, what is it that lies behind our fascination? Prurience or censoriousness, why do we take comfort in others being made to feel bad?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Ruth Watts.

Credits

Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Julian Baggini
Interviewed Guest
Eva Simpson
Interviewed Guest
Emma Burnell
Interviewed Guest
Tim Stanley
Interviewed Guest
Fern Brady
Producer
Ruth Watts

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