One Born Every Minute
Thursday, 9.35pm, SBS One If you want really real reality TV, then have a look at this episode in the third series of the production about women giving birth. This week it’s in Leeds Infirmary, where three very different women talk, both before and after the birth (there is less talk and more screaming during the deliveries), about their lives and what they hope for their baby. One middleclass English woman explains her life and what she hopes for the child, although why she thought the world needed to know she was bisexual before settling down with her husband escapes me. An Indian woman bangs on at length about her family back home and leans heavily on her husband. But the scary star of the show is the young single mother who delivers with her disapproving mum and a mate present, there being no sign of the father. Texting to the end and showing off her piercings and where she was stabbed at school, the implication is obvious — another multi-generation welfare family is on the way. The contrast with the other two is plain and surely intended in a moralising way. The real stars of the show are the doctors and nurses, endlessly efficient (at least they look it) and enthusiastic at being part of their umpteenth delivery for the week. As propaganda for the National Health Service, this is impossible to beat.