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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum

'I'm not a massive fan of responsibility,' says an impeccably groomed young man during one episode of this British series. His matter-of-fact assessment of his laziness is echoed by the other spoiled young adults featured. Thankfully, their long-suffering parents receive an opportunity to enter the kids into a school of hard knocks.
September 30, 2009


‘I’m not a massive fan of responsibility,’ says an impeccably groomed young man during one episode of this British series. His matter-of-fact assessment of his laziness is echoed by the other spoiled young adults featured. Thankfully, their long-suffering parents receive an opportunity to enter the kids into a school of hard knocks. They are thrown headlong into the world of work, carrying out tough tasks, including rustling pigs and cleaning toilets, with the best-performing worker-in-training winning a round-the-world trip. One could argue that rewarding a young adult so extravagantly for simply getting off his/her arse could be the sort of conditioning that led to the kid’s brattiness in the first place. But in a world where Paris Hilton is still a role model to some, this sort of transformational story is worth seeing.
Partners: Monkey Production (London) for the BBC, distributed through Sony/2waytraffic
Length: 6 x 60 minutes
Aired: July & August, 2009
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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