When I heard that there was a new show that was going to bring together people from Chelsea’s affluent King’s Road and Newcastle’s notorious Bigg Market I assumed it would be another flimsy reality TV offering. It would seem however that I am wrong as Geordie Finishing School for Girls appears to be more of a social experiment which pairs up four girls who have attended some of the UK’s top public schools with four Geordie girls who are the same age as them.
We have all watched the docu-soap type shows Geordie Shore and Made in Chelsea and now we are faced with the actual harsh reality of the difference between the lifestyles of the two places. The privileged Londoners spent ten days living on a deprived Tyneside estate and encountering lifestyles they had never imagined. They were given £59 each to live on for their entire time their which is the equivalent to what they would receive in Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Events promoter Lucy was shocked at the thought of ‘surviving’ for ten days on £59 when she typically spends that on breakfast alone at the Bluebird Café on the King’s Road in Chelsea. As much as these shows highlight the poverty in areas of the UK it also shows the indulgent lifestyles that other people are simply used to and how ignorant those living the high life can be!
It would be easy to make assumptions about both sets of people, but isn’t that what this type of show is all about? Breaking those assumptions by putting people into situations that are out of their comfort zone! With many people saying that Geordie Shore was shameful and indicated a loss to Geordie pride, it seems that the girls in this show may claw some of it back. The girls are all trying to have a better life and do not want a life living on benefits, they are not all just about a lifestyle of partying.
One of the Geordie girls Makylea said “When I met Fiona, Lucy, Fi and Steph, they seemed so lucky, it was hard not be wonder why my life’s been so hard by comparison. It’s not just the money they have that makes me envy them, but their loving families. I haven’t spoken to my own mother for years and have no family support at all.”
It will certainly be an interesting watch so tune in to BBC3 on Tuesday at 9pm to watch Geordie Finishing School for Girls!