Mark Lawson asks Is it time to kill off Big Brother? in The Guardian.
In an analytical piece he reflects on Big Brother's ten years and suggests:
- That there's a natural eight year lifespan for popular television series
- Big Brother has influenced other areas of public life: politicians and football coaches now fear instant 'eviction' if public opinion turns against them
- The media tries to predict rather than report the public mood, and it's turned its back on Big Brother this series (contributory factors being the busy news agenda this summer with MPs' expenses, swine flu and Michael Jackson dominating news and commentary pages).