Do or Die

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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