Family circumstances are so often complicated, messy affairs and that's why they are the eternal fodder of soaps and fictional dramas. But delving into such real life situation feels horribly like meddling in someone else's business.Should these storylines stay in the fictional lands of Soapdom, or are they appropriate fodder for our viewing pleasure?
Missing Pieces masquerades as feel-good telly helping out the desperate, who perhaps don't have the time and resources to do the research or hire help. The team are filmed taking a softly-softly, respectful approach to their mission and the whole show is presented as making dreams come true.
But this isn't the same as a surprise garden makeover. The potential for collateral damage, as old wounds are reopened, is huge. When people cut themselves off from their families, it is highly likely there is pain, anger and guilt involved.
In one of the show's most uncomfortable scenes, the heroic Noelene and her sons watched home video footage of the husband and father who abandoned them, frolicking with his new family. We really shouldn't have been there.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
at 2:58 pm by Julie
Frances Grant, one of the Herald's TV reviewers, considers the scruples, or lack thereof, of new reality telly show Missing Pieces: