Do or Die
Wednesday, 8.30pm, ABC2 To some extent this locally made program mimics the corporate bonding weekends that reached their zenith in the 1980s and 90s, vestiges of which, I’m told, can still be found today at the highest levels. In Do or Die, we see people who work together taken out of their comfort zone and placed in an extreme environment to see if they can improve their working relationships by getting to know each other, and develop self-confidence as a byproduct. Of course, with a bonding weekend it was the chief executive who led the activities and the beer swilling afterwards. Here things are very much controlled by militaristic corporate psychologist Travis Kemp. Last week it was the turn of six bar workers from Sydney’s Kings Cross to rough it on the road to self-discovery. Tonight staff members of a Perth real estate agency are off to the rugged West Australian coast to see what happens when just another day at the office is turned into an emotional struggle for survival. It’s all a bit melodramatic, and I could have done without the constant harping on the title by narrator Samuel Johnson. But overall Do or Die is an enjoyable and engaging reality-TV outing.