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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
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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