The first ever reality TV show?

I’ve been on a bit of a documentary kick lately, and recently discovered Living in the Past. One of the first reality TV shows, it was a 12-episode BBC series which documented the experience of 15 young Britons living for a year as Iron Age men and women. They built their own houses, grew their own food, slaughtered their own animals and so forth.

I watched a kind of one-hour summary of the show courtesy of a BBC4 show called What Happened Next? I guess when you’re as big and old as the Beeb, you can produce a show that’s entirely about the future of other past shows.

In any case, I really enjoyed this documentary, despite nobody being kicked off the island. You can watch the whole hour-long show on YouTube:

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